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.

You'll think you've escaped to a tropical island when you taste my grilled ribs with tropical basting sauce. Come see how easy it is to grill ribs. #HogWildThrowdown #ad

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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Heather August 15, 2016 - 8:02 am

I’ve never actually tried grilling ribs. I have to try it because in this heat my oven will not be going on!

Mimi Green August 15, 2016 - 8:28 am

This has me drooling all early in the morning. We are BBQ lovers for sure but Babe loves ribs the most. I need to slide this into our meal planning.

Megan Elford August 15, 2016 - 8:42 am

Oh yum! These look so delicious! We love ribs, but I haven’t been brave enough to try them on the grill yet (not sure why!). I think even I could handle making these ones though, you’ve made it look so easy!

Jeanette August 15, 2016 - 10:48 am

That looks SOOO good! We have some Ribs in the fridge right now! I think this is a match made in heaven.

Francisca Ramos August 15, 2016 - 10:48 am

The ribs look so delicious. I want to add your seasonings to my own bbq. I am going to try this recipe. Thanks for your recipe!

lisa August 15, 2016 - 2:12 pm

I love ribs. I always make mine with BBQ sauce in the crock pot. I’ve never tried them any other way, but this recipe sounds amazing.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy August 15, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Oooh, this tropical basting sauce sounds so delicious. When it comes to good ribs, it’s all about the sauce! I have to try this recipe soon!

Liz Mays August 15, 2016 - 7:25 pm

Oh man, that sauce would be perfect for some barbecuing. I love those flavors! I have to try this out.

zan August 15, 2016 - 10:13 pm

Oh, I am sure my husband would love it if I make this. He loves ribs and with good flavors. Anything Island! I could almost taste the pineapple! I bought two fresh ones yesterday for real cheap and could not wait to use them. I have got to try this and with Pineapple preserves, too (who knew)!!

CourtneyLynne August 15, 2016 - 10:55 pm

Omg can we say yum?!?! Hubby and I just love ribs. Must try your recipe.

LaShawn August 16, 2016 - 6:16 am

While reading this all I could keep saying was yaasssss oh yaaaassss! I love ribs. My husband loves ribs. I HAVE to try this recipe!

Anosa Malanga August 16, 2016 - 6:46 am

Oh yum! These look to die for, we are also foodies in this house and absolutely love ribs! Whenever we go anywhere, if they are on the menu you can guarantee we will get them. Looking forward to trying these

David @ Spiced August 16, 2016 - 10:34 am

These ribs sound delicious, Alli! I love tropical flavors (almost as much as I love a good tropical vacation!), and I’m thinking I need to get these on our grill soon. The pineapple + ginger combination is making my mouth water! #client

krystal August 16, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Things that I need to do: make ribs! My husband LOVES to grill out and cook ribs, but this is a new combination for us. Will have to give it a try! #client

Bonnie @wemake7 August 16, 2016 - 8:22 pm

We love cooking with Smithfield. These ribs look soo darn good. I know what I’m making tomorrow night! =)

Nikka Shae August 17, 2016 - 8:41 am

Yummy!! I’m loving all of this! I need to get my husband on the grill ASAP.

Robin Rue August 17, 2016 - 10:18 am

This looks super yummy. When we do splurge on ribs I am going to be giving this a shot.

Dana August 17, 2016 - 2:11 pm

We love to grill out, especially ribs. These look delish!

Marielle Altenor August 18, 2016 - 4:33 pm

I could eat ribs every day! I like to slow cook mine but when we get to grill them, it’s out of this world! The tropical basting sauce looks really good too!

Chrishelle Ebner August 19, 2016 - 5:29 pm

We are definitely rib eater. I usually cook mine low and slow in the oven and finish them on the grill. I love your tropical spin on things. Will definitely have to try out your rub.

Garf August 20, 2016 - 9:12 am

I am definitely a rib eater. The tropical basting sauce sounds good.

richard hartman September 5, 2016 - 5:23 pm

…on the GINGER, that grated?…or dried?…

Alli Smith September 7, 2016 - 6:01 am

Sorry – dried ginger.


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