Spicy Jalapeno Marinade

Pork ribs marinated in this spicy jalapeno marinade will deserve an ovation. An overnight bath in this piquant marinade establishes a peppery flavor baseline. Smoked with a touch of mesquite, and topped with a sweet jalapeno glaze, the ribs made with this marinade are something special.

The heat level of the marinade can be controlled during its preparation. For a hotter marinade, chop the peppers whole, leaving the seeds and interior membranes intact. To cool it down, remove the seeds and membranes before you chop the peppers.

Taste-test one of the jalapenos before you prepare them for the marinade. There are different varieties of jalapenos, with some being super-mild and others rather hot. After you determine the heat level of your peppers, you'll know whether or not to leave in the seeds.


Spicy Jalapeno Marinade

(Recipe is for one Kansas City style spare rib slab.)
This marinade starts with one quart of water. To that, add 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of white pepper, and 1/2 pound of chopped Jalapeno peppers.*




Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for five minutes, and allow to slowly cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the marinade until it's 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Marinate the ribs in this mixture, in the refrigerator, for at least four, and up to twenty four hours. Remove the ribs from the marinade, allowing the excess to drain off. Don't rinse them. They are now ready to place in the smoker.

* Remove the seeds and membranes for less heat. Wear gloves if you're sensitive to hot peppers.



A longer soak in the marinade will not only add more heat, but will intensify the peppery flavor of the ribs.




Into The Smoker

Into your smoker, at a temperature of 225 degrees, the ribs will be flavored by the wisps of smoke created by smoldering mesquite. If you prefer, oak would be another good choice. See About Pork Spare Ribs for a detailed look at spare rib preparation and smoking.

Boil the jalapeno marinade for five minutes and strain, reserving the liquid. This will be basting liquid for the ribs. Baste the ribs with this jalapeno marinade mixture every forty five minutes.

After three hours, check to see if the ribs are done. It could take up to five, maybe six hours to smoke the ribs to completion. Remove the finished spare ribs, let them rest, then slice and serve.

A great accompaniment to this recipe is my Sweet-Hot Jalapeno Glaze , which again, can be prepared to the heat level of your choosing.


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