Spicy Hot Ribs

Freshly ground chili powder adds heat and great flavor to this spicy hot ribs recipe. Fire up the smoker and try a slab or two of these tongue tingling sensations!

Powdered Chili, Chili Pepper, or Chili Powder?

There is a difference. Chili pepper, also called powdered chili, consists of one ingredient...dried chili peppers. There are many varieties of peppers that can be used, each having distinct flavor characteristics.

Chili powder, on the other hand, is a combination of chili pepper, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and sometimes salt and preservatives. It's a convenient combination of spices, and is nice to have in the pantry.

But if you want the best flavor, make your own from freshly ground ingredients. Try my Fresh Ground Chili Powder Recipe and use it to season the spicy hot ribs.

In a pinch, go ahead and use commercially available chili powder, but don't get the cheap stuff. Buy good quality name brand chili powder for this recipe. It will be ok, but not nearly as good as using freshly made chili powder.

Spicy Hot Ribs Recipe

Start out with a pork spare rib slab. Follow preparation instructions on the About Pork Spare Ribs page for trimming the slab Kansas City style. Or you can buy one already trimmed at the butcher shop.

For each slab of ribs, you'll need two tablespoons of chili powder, two tablespoons of brown sugar, two teaspoons of cider vinegar, and six ounces of tomato sauce.

Season each slab of ribs with two teaspoons of the fresh ground chili powder. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining chili powder, the brown sugar, vinegar and tomato sauce. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly. Continue to simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat and cover the pan.

Pop the slab(s) of ribs into your preheated smoker, warmed up to 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Smoke them until tender, then brush on the sauce. Let the spicy hot ribs smoke for another half hour before serving them up. You'll enjoy some bold flavor when you chomp into these. Keep the cold drinks coming!

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