Carolina Ribs with Red Pepper Sauce

Carolina Ribs with Red Pepper Sauce
Carolina Ribs with Red Pepper Sauce. luchezar/Getty Images
  • Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
716 Calories
32g Fat
43g Carbs
64g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 6
Amount per serving
Calories 716
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 197mg 66%
Sodium 3300mg 143%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 64g
Calcium 109mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These ribs are coated with a Carolina style rub and basted with a tangy red pepper sauce. A truly delicious experience!


  • 3 pounds pork spareribs
  • For the Rub:
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ​cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • For the Red Pepper Sauce:
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces Tabasco (or similar hot sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice

Steps to Make It

Prepare ribs by removing the membrane from the underside of the ribs. This is best done by using a blunt knife to work the membrane away from the bone on one end of the rack and then grabbing it with a paper towel. It should come away easily and with a little practice, you will be able to do this quickly. Trim off any loose fat or meat.

Prepare smoker or grill. If using a grill you will want an indirect heat. You will want to hold a temperature around 225 degrees F/110 degrees C for 4 hours, so plan accordingly. Season ribs with Carolina rub and place on grill or in a smoker. While ribs are cooking, prepare barbecue sauce. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside. When sauce cools, reserve half the sauce for serving.

Cook ribs until the internal temperature of the meat reaches a temperature around 185 degrees F/85 degrees C. Brush with barbecue sauce. After about 10 minutes turn the ribs over and brush with sauce continually during the cooking process. Serve with reserved half of red pepper sauce.