Pineapple Baby-Back Ribs

Beautiful Hawaii is the home of one of my favorite fruits, the Pineapple. She (yes I said she) is elegant and sweet with just the right amount of kick to keep things interesting. Our uniquely delicious Pineapple Baby Back Ribs' spicy sweetness elevates it out of the ordinary and into your list of very special recipes. No bottled or added reddish barbecue sauce to cover-up these bang-in' baby backs!

Our featured film, "50 First Dates" takes place in Hawaii, the land of paradise and the fabulous pineapple. Henry (Adam Sandler) is a "Player" until he meets and falls for the beautiful Lucy (Drew Barrymore). One huge problem, Lucy has short term memory loss and forgets him the next day.  If you like romantic comedies, this one is for you, and if you love Pineapple Baby Back Ribs, here is your recipe!


2 to 3 lbs. Baby Back Ribs


2 -1/2 teaspoon Barbecue Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Seasoning
dashes Sea or other course salt
dashes freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup Pineapple Juice (no sugar)

3  sprigs of fresh thyme
3 Tbs. Liquid Smoke
2 cups water

1/2 cup pineapple
1 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. barbecue seasoning
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

Score the back of the baby back ribs against the bones (don't cut all the way through). Place ribs on an extra large piece of heavy duty foil. Season ribs with barbecue and cayenne seasoning, salt, black pepper and cumin. Rub both sides well. Place foil in a large dish and add pineapple juice. Close tightly and refrigerate overnight or for several hours.

Combine sauce ingredients in blender or food processor on high speed until smooth.  Set aside in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine Liquid Smoke, water and fresh thyme in a roasting pan with a rack.  Remove ribs from marinade and place on rack over liquid.  Discard remaining marinade.  Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove from oven.  Using a pastry brush, cover ribs completely with sauce. Turn oven up to 400 degrees. Place ribs back in oven, uncovered.  Bake an additional 20 minutes.

Optional - Top with parsley, barbecue seasoning or/and grilled pineapple.

Serves 6.


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