Spicy Citrus Chile Barbecue Ribs

Spicy southwest take on grilled southern style ribs with a carne asada inspired marinade.


  • 2 racks of St. Louis style ribs
  • ¼ cup lime juice approx. 2 limes
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice approx. 1-2 lemons
  • ½ cup whiskey optional (used Jack Daniels Honey)
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur optional (used Grand Marnier)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp crushed chili flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic approx… 2 cloves chopped
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 12 jalapenos seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey optional


  1. Place ribs in a large pan with sides.
  2. Place all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together until blended to create the marinade. Pour over the ribs.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to marinate.
  4. Prepare the grill – temp should be 325 degree Fahrenheit (162 degrees Celsius ).
  5. Remove the ribs from the fridge and wrap them in foil. Place the foil wrapped ribs in the grill with indirect heat.
  6. Cook the ribs in the foil for about 2-3 hours until the internal temp is approx. 180 -190 degrees Fahrenheit (82-87 degrees Celsius).
  7. Remove ribs from the foil and cook with direct heat for about 20 -30 minutes until browned.
  8. Baste with a glaze or barbeque sauce; cook for an additional 5 minutes (optional).
  9. Remove the ribs from the grill let rest for 10 minutes.
  10. Cut ribs apart and serve.


  • These go great with coleslaw and grilled fruit, like grilled melon and pineapple.


Keywords: ribs