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Jalapeño Watermelon BBQ Ribs
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Jalapeño Watermelon BBQ Ribs

Jalapeño Watermelon BBQ Ribs just in time for your 4th of July celebrations! I’ve seen a lot happening with watermelon lately, and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon but with my own spin.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 People
Author: Derek Wolf
Cost: $60


Pork Ribs:

  • 2-3 Racks of Pork Ribs
  • 2 tbsp of your Favorite BBQ Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp of Yellow Mustard for binder
  • Sliced Jalapenos for garnish
  • Watermelon Wedges on side


  • 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp of Hot Sauce


  • 18 tbsp of Brown Sugar
  • 6 tbsp of Honey
  • 6 tsp of Butter

Jalapeno Watermelon BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/8 cup of Watermelon Puree
  • 1/8 cup of Ketchup
  • 2.5 tbsp of White Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of Pickled Jalapenos pureed
  • 1.5 tbsp of Honey
  • 1 tsp of Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp of Brown Sugar


  • Trim the pork ribs of any excess fat and carefully remove the membrane on the back of the ribs. Lather with mustard and season thoroughly with BBQ seasoning. Place in the fridge for 2 hours to set.
  • Preheat your smoker for indirect cooking around 225F. Add some wood chips or wood chunks to the smoker for added flavor.
  • Add the ribs to the smoker on the indirect heat side. Cook for 3 hours. In a spritz bottle, add the apple cider vinegar and hot sauce. Every 30 minutes, spritz the ribs.
  • After 3 hours, pull your ribs off the smoker. Lay down a layer of aluminum foil with 3 tbsp of butter spaced out on the foil. Add some brown sugar and drizzled honey over the butter. Top the butter mixture with one of the pork ribs with the bone side facing up. Add more butter, honey and brown sugar on top of the rib. Carefully wrap in the foil until tight and secure. Repeat this step for all of the pork ribs.
  • Once done wrapping, add the ribs back to the smoker with bone side facing up. Cook for another 2 hours. About 30 minutes before the ribs are done, add a basting skillet over medium high fire. Add all the ingredients for the Jalapeño Watermelon BBQ ribs to the skillet and let simmer until thickened (about 20 minutes) making sure to stir occasionally. Once done, pull off and let cool.
  • After 2 hours, unwrap the ribs and discard the foil. Place all the ribs back on the smoker and increase the heat to 350F. Begin glazing the outside of the ribs until with the BBQ sauce and top with sliced jalapeños. Continue to cook the ribs for another 30-40 minutes until they are caramelized on the outside but tender on the inside.
  • Once done, pull the ribs off and let rest for 3-5 minutes. Serve with a side of sliced watermelon. Slice and enjoy!