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honey pepper grilled ribs

Honey Red Pepper Glazed Ribs


These Asian inspired pork ribs combine sweet honey and zesty red jalapeno jelly in the glaze and Chinese 5 spice powder in the rib rub providing a delightful Asian-inspired flavor to these tender grilled pork ribs.


Recipe makes 4 servings

  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Chinese 5 Spice powder
  • Handful of apple wood or hickory chips for smoking (soaked in water and drained)

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup clover honey
  • 3 tablespoons red jalepeno jelly
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic


  1. One hour before smoking, coat both sides of ribs with a small amount of vegetable oil and sprinkle the baby back ribs with Chinese 5 spice. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Heat charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking at 250 degrees F. Add drained wood chips, if using.
  3. Place the ribs on the grill, meaty side down, over a drip pan and cook for 2 hours. Add about 12 coals to a charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.
  4. Remove baby back ribs from grill. Wrap each rack of ribs in heavy duty aluminum foil. Return wrapped ribs to the grill and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours more over indirect heat, until very tender. Add more coals as needed to maintain temperature for a charcoal grill.
  5. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat and simmer glaze for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove ribs from grill and unwrap. Place ribs over direct heat on grill and brush with honey red pepper glaze. Cook for about 5 minutes until the glaze is set. Turn ribs and repeat with more glaze.
  • PREP 15 mins
  • COOK 3 hrs 30 mins
  • READY IN 4 hrs 45 mins
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