The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman

Brown Sugar Ribs with Pineapple Relish

  • prep time150 min
  • total time 150 min
  • serves 4 - 6

Sweet and spice pork ribs served with a savoury pineapple relish.

8 Ratings
Directions for: Brown Sugar Ribs with Pineapple Relish



¾ cup packed brown sugar

2 Tbsp paprika

2 Tbsp kosher salt

2 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 oranges, juiced

2 racks baby back ribs (pork ribs), cut into 2-rib pieces


1 ½ cups diced fresh pineapple

¼ cups chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tbsp honey

½ tsp chili powder

Pinch kosher salt

1 jalapeño, seeded and diced

1 small red onion, diced

1 lime, zested and juiced



1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.

2. Mix together the brown sugar, paprika, salt, cayenne, pepper, garlic and orange juice in a large bowl. Add the ribs and toss until coated evenly.

3. Cut an aluminum foil sheet that is 18 inches wide and 24 inches long and place on top of a baking sheet. Tip the ribs mixture onto the foil along with any extra juices from the mixing bowl. Fold the foil ends over the ribs, followed by the sides, and then seal the foil tightly to completely enclose. Bake until very tender, about 2 hours.


1. Meanwhile, add the pineapple, cilantro, honey, chili powder, salt, jalapeño, red onion and lime zest and juice to a medium bowl and mix everything together. Set aside.

2. Remove the ribs from the oven and preheat the broiler.

3. Carefully open the foil pack to expose the ribs. Arrange the ribs so that the meaty top sides of the ribs are upright and place them under the broiler to caramelize, about 5 minutes.

4. Transfer the ribs to a platter or board, top with the cold pineapple relish and serve.

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