Honey Chipotle Ribs

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These tender Honey Chipotle Ribs are grilled until they develop a wonderful char and are both sweet and spicy.

Honey Chipotle Ribs - these super tender ribs are easy to make with just a few basic ingredients.


Whether you’re celebrating Dad’s Day by grilling up tasty pork burgers and ribs this June or hosting a backyard BBQ to kick-off the first day of summer, pork has you covered – no matter what grilling holiday is marked on your calendar. With so many cuts and preparation methods to try and endless flavor combinations to explore, pork is the must-have this grilling season.


Honey Chipotle Ribs are super easy to make and so tender.


There’s no need to be intimidated by cooking ribs. They’re really quite easy. I like to precook them in the oven and finish them on the grill. This method insures they are tender plus you don’t have to spend hours hovering over the hot grill for several hours waiting for them to cook.


Honey Chipotle Ribs are super tender and so easy to make from just a few basic ingredients.


Even better, the oven part of the recipe can be done one day and then they can be finished on the grill the next day.

But if you are cooking ribs for Dad for Father’s Day, he need not know how easy they are. It can be our secret.


Honey Chipotle Ribs are sweet and spicy and super tender. So easy to make from just a few simple ingredients!


I used Smithfield St. Louis Style Ribs and just a few simple ingredients for this recipe. This Father’s Day, Walmart is the ultimate source for your barbecue essentials and great pork deals on your grilling favorites like ribs. Look for these pork favorite when shopping the meat case and visit GrillPork.org for more grilling inspiration. While serving up your pork dishes this grilling season, be sure to pick-up Smithfield/Farmland [depending on market] ribs at Walmart; every cut of their hand-trimmed extra tender fresh pork is proudly raised in the USA.


Honey Chipotle Ribs are sweet and spicy and super easy to make from just a few ingredients.


The ribs are first coated with honey and then sprinkled with a chipotle chili based rub. I love the flavor of chipotle chili powder. It has much more heat than regular chili powder. You could use regular chili powder instead, but I would also add about ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Next the ribs are wrapped in aluminum foil and slow-cooked in the oven. A nice coating of BBQ sauce and 10 to 20 minutes on a hot grill and you have tender ribs worthy of any summer celebration.

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Honey Chipotle Ribs are sweet and spicy and super easy to make from just a few basic ingredients.


Honey Chipotle Ribs - these super tender ribs are easy to make with just a few basic ingredients.

Honey Chipotle Ribs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 875kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
These tender Honey Chipotle Ribs are grilled until they develop a wonderful char and are both sweet and spicy. 
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  • 1 rack St Louis Style Ribs (spareribs)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • BBQ Sauce, choose your favorite- I like to use a Kansas City style sauce


  • With a knife, remove the membrane on the back of the ribs. Rinse and pat dry the ribs.
  • Brush front and backs of ribs with honey.
  • Combine chipotle chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and sprinkle on ribs, using about 75% on the meaty side of the ribs. Wrap ribs in a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place ribs on a baking sheet and place in oven for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before proceeding. Or you can refrigerate them overnight.
  • Heat grill to medium-high heat. Remove rack of ribs from aluminum foil and brush both sides with BBQ sauce. Place on grill meaty side down and grill until you get nice char marks, about 5-10 minutes. Flip over and grill another 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve with additional BBQ Sauce.


Calories: 875kcal

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68 thoughts on “Honey Chipotle Ribs

  1. For 30 min marinate and the 2.5 hrs in oven…..meaty side down so it sits in the juices while marinating and during cooking? Or meaty side up for either or both?

  2. Oh My God, Oh My God. I’m dying for not having this heavenly ribs right now. This is way better than what a restaurant can offer. You should open a restaurant my dear!

  3. You can never have enough rib recipes, so this one is definitely going into the archives to be broken out and given a whirl, sounds and looks wonderful 🙂

  4. These look delicious. Boneless pork ribs with Squeal rub are the go to grill meal at our house.

  5. I have a homemade rub recipe that is insane for our ribs!! I would love to try some of these A1 sauces to mix things up for our summer parties and outdoor movie nights!!!

  6. Your rib recipe is amazing! I am going to have to make it. We love my Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops! They are so delicious! But I am going to have to make your ribs over the 4th of July Holiday!

  7. Oh my – these look incredible! You make it sound so easy – the only ribs I’ve made were using the crock pot but you’ve inspired me. I’m pinning to give it a try soon! Thanks!!

  8. We usually just grill them with sauce from a bottle….but I am SO trying this recipe….it sounds & looks DELICIOUS!

  9. Those look absolutely delicious. My favorite way to grill pork is definitely golden honey bbq sauce that I make homemade. They are cruncy, sweet, juice and so tender!

  10. I need a proper Southern cook like you to come make ribs for me! These look amazing!! And that sauce…good lord. Wow.

  11. I use my Weber grill to grill any pork. I’m careful with each step and that equals deliciousness for all. The right heat, moisture and time makes a big difference. Just add your own BBQ sauce and allow the pork to come to room temperature before grilling.

  12. I like ribs, but my favorite way to grill pork would be as rope sausage. I could eat that every day.

  13. These ribs look unbelievably amazing! My husband LOVES ribs and would inhale this batch in no time! That honey chipotle sauce sounds perfect!

  14. My favorite way to grill pork is actually a method my grandmother taught my mother way back in the 40’s. It’s a secret family recipe and it means a lot to everyone at family gatherings when I make it. I plan to one day to pass it down to my daughter. They almost look as good as the ones pictured here!

  15. We love pork chops on the grill–either with a barbecue sauce or a rub. Add in some sweet corn, and you have a perfect dinner!

  16. Gahhhhh! I’m coning to your house Christin, because I love ribs and chipotle. You are literally making my mouth water and it’s only 7 a.m. It’s ok to have ribs for breakfast right? Because I totally would! xoxo Of course, pinned.

  17. We grill pork alot be it ribs, chop or tenderloin. I tend to do a rub on my ribs..followed by a medium hot southern bbq mopping just before they are done.
    For our chops I tend to do this with a Jamaican wet moho mop with pineapple jalapeno salsa.
    And, for loins..this is a combo of honey, brown sugar and other great spices..again wet mop.
    YOUR ribs Look great too.
    Thanks so much.

  18. Now these are perfect for a Father’s Day meal! These look sooo delicious and they came out so perfect too. My husband would totally love these 😉

  19. My favorite grilled pork is anything my husband cooks. Pork loin is best! Leftovers make great barbecue sandwiches.

  20. My favorite way to eat and grill pork is how you tell us to! Haha but really love the blog and keep up the great work!

  21. I personally like to leave any meat I cook marinating in the fridge over night the day before I grill it. I love to throw pork chops on a greased grill for no more than 12 minutes so it stays lean and tender!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  22. I like to brine pork chops, then cook in the oven until almost done and finish by searing on the grill for flavor and grill marks. Keeps them juicy and tender, but loaded with flavor!

  23. Christin, these ribs look fantastic!! I know I just made ribs, but really – can one ever consume too many ribs?? I think not! Love that you also did the oven method (it rocks!). I’m totally making these- I mean honey and chipotle??? Yes please!! Pined!

  24. I was just looking for a good Rib recipe so thank you for this. These look delectable!! I am normally a big fan of Mesquite grille dPork tenderloin, but these would definitely be hard if not impossible to pass up!! 🙂

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