Tropical BBQ Ribs with Fruit Salsa

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Tropical BBQ Ribs with Fruit Salsa

Cooking time:

  • 3 hours in total
  • 2,5 hours cooking time
  • 30 minutes of preparation

Serves: 4


  • 2 kgs spareribs (see author notes)

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 50 ml soy sauce
  • 100 ml ketchup
  • 100 ml Fruit Salsa of choice

For the spice rub: (see author notes)

  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Pinch of paprika
  • ½ tbsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried Arbol chili powder (add if you want extra spicy)
  • A pinch of black pepper


Who doesn't love summer with all the BBQ and grilled food? Even if the weather is gloomy outside, you can still bring a piece of sunshine on the dinner table with our tropical BBQ ribs. These tender and tangy ribs are bursting with flavor, spices, and sazón!


  1. Turn on the oven at 350 F (180 C). Remove the membrane on the backside of the spareribs. You can use a knife to slide under the membrane and then pull the membrane down the entire length of the ribs.
  2. Mix all the spices for the rub together in a bowl and rub into the ribs on both sides of the spareribs.
  3. Wrap the seasoned spareribs in tin foil and place into a cooking pan (the juices can sometimes flow out of the tin foil).
  4. Bake the spareribs at 350F for 2 hours. You can turn the ribs if you want (this is only necessary with a less fatty or smaller cut).
  5. After 2 hours, remove from ribs from the oven and mix BBQ sauce and lather onto spareribs generously.
  6. Put the spareribs back in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the sauce has darkened and heated up. Turn the ribs after 10 - 15 minutes. Buen Provecho!

Author notes

We used St. Louis Cut (rib tip) spareribs for this recipe, but you could easily use other cuts as well. Get creative with the spice rub - you can use anything you want! Just don't leave out the brown sugar since it will caramelize on the meat in the oven. We used our Vera Mexicana Fruit Salsa in the BBQ sauce for some tangy sweetness – choose between pineapple, hibiscus, and mango.

A delicious way to enjoy these St. Louis style ribs is in a taco. Remove all the meat from the bones in larger pieces. Serve with warm tortillas, more fruit salsa, cilantro, some cortija cheese, freshly squeezed lime, and your favorite Vera Mexicana Hot Sauce.