Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

by Alli

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My husband and I recently returned from a two-week vacation on a tropical island. We’re both major foodies, so we always have fun exploring local island food. Tropical flavors are favorites, and my basting sauce infuses those island flavors when I serve Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce.

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If I close my eyes real tight, I can almost imagine myself back on the number one beach in the world. To get us all in a tropical mood, here’s a photo from my recent vacation.

Tropical Island - Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

Ribs are Easy to Grill!

Here in the south, we grill year round and grilled ribs are often on my weekly menu. Contrary to popular belief, ribs are not hard to grill at all. Actually, it’s pretty hard to mess up grilled ribs. All you need to do is follow my easy directions and you’ll be ready to host family and friends for weekly BBQ night.

Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

When it’s time to grill, the first thing I do is stop by the meat department at Walmart and pick up my favorite ribs – Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs.

Smithfield® ribs are my secret weapon when it comes to grilling because they’re hand trimmed, extra tender and juicy. In other words, Smithfield® will make you look good while you’re impressing your friends and family with your grilling skills, even if you’re a novice.

Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

Helpful Hint: You can see how easy it is to get the charcoal grill going by clicking Easy Grilled Ribs & Secret Dry Rub Recipe.

While you’re waiting for the charcoal to turn gray, make my quick and easy tropical rub with brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

Ingredients for Dry Rub - Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

Massage the rub into the ribs and grill the ribs on medium-low heat for 2 – 1/2 hours.

When the Grilled Ribs are Almost Done . . .

While the ribs are cooking, I put together my tropical basting sauce. Y’all, I came up with this recipe while staring into the fridge. My family is wild about this sauce.

Combine pineapple preserves, lime juice, ginger, and brown sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ingredients for my Tropical Basting Sauce - Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

Bring all the ingredients to a boil on medium-high heat, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Tropical Basting Sauce for Grilled Ribs

Baste With the Tropical Sauce

During the last 30 minutes of grilling, mop the ribs with the tropical basting sauce. Be sure and wait until the ribs are almost done before basting them. Then baste again right before removing the ribs from the grill.

Mopping Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

If you don’t have a grilling mop, spoon the basting sauce onto the ribs and spread the sauce around.

Helpful Hint: Ribs are done at 180° – 190º F when checked with an instant-read thermometer.

Use the Grill To Cook Your Entire Dinner

When I’m grilling ribs, I usually go ahead and cook the entire meal on the grill.  Grilled vegetable skewers, grilled bread and grilled pineapple with chocolate sauce go perfectly with my grilled ribs with tropical basting sauce.

Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

Yield: 2-3 servings

Grilled Ribs with Tropical Rub and Basting Sauce

Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

These grilled ribs have a delicious tropical flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 rack Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs

Dry Rub

  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Basting Sauce

  • 1 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger


  1. Mix all the dry rub ingredients together. Massage into the rack of ribs before grilling. Grill ribs for two hours, baste with the tropical basting sauce and grill for 30 more minutes.
  2. Combine all the basting sauce ingredients. In a small saucepan, bring the sauce to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 183Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 18mgSodium 1174mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 6g

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Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

I’ve learned so many tips and tricks about grilling while watching celebrity grill pros Moe Cason and Tuffy Stone. I’m thrilled that they have partnered with Smithfield® for the last two years and are brand ambassadors for the Hog Wild Throwdown.


Don’t be intimidated by the grill. With tender, juicy Smithfield® Ribs and my tropical basting sauce, you’ll have a tropical party in your mouth – no island needed. Have you ever grilled ribs?

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