Jamika Pessoa's Spicy Margarita-Marinated Ribs

A sizzling recipe for barbecue season that is sure to satisfy your savory craving.

Jamika Pessoa's Spicy Margarita-Marinated Ribs
1 habanero pepper, sliced
3/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup triple sec
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 slab baby back ribs
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup favorite barbecue sauce

Mix together the habanero pepper, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reserve 2 ounces of margarita brine to use in the sauce later.

Place ribs in a plastic bag and marinate in margarita brine for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator.

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 325°F.

Remove ribs from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Allow ribs to sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and place onto a baking sheet and into the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the ribs and set aside.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat. Place the ribs onto the grill and cook on both sides until brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes per side.

In a small pot, simmer barbecue sauce and 2 ounces of the spicy margarita sauce. Just as ribs are golden brown on the outside and internal temperature is 175-180°F, brush onto ribs and continue cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes. Remove from grill and rest 5 minutes before slicing.


Turn up the heat at your next BBQ with these spicy margarita-marinated ribs. Ideal for any summer backyard bash, these ribs are super easy to marinate and pack an ultimate savory flavor punch.