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Grilled Ribs with Tamarind BBQ Sauce are full of bold, sweet, and spicy flavors. They scream summer fun by the grill. By Mama Maggie's Kitchen
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Grilled Ribs with Tamarind Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Grilled Ribs with Tamarind Chipotle BBQ Sauce is what summer food fun should be. Sweet and spicy with each meaty bite. Delicious!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 40 mins
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican American
Servings: 12 ribs
Calories: 171kcal



  • For the sauce:
  • Crack open the tamarind pods.
  • Peel the shells and fibers.
  • Put fruit in 2 cups of water in a large stock pot.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. (about 20 minutes)
  • Push the pulp through the strainer with the back of a spoon.
  • Strain, discarding the seeds and any fibers.
  • Set mixture aside.
  • In a large saucepan, sauté onion.
  • Add tamarind pulp and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer then reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add mixture to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Set aside until ready to use, or store for 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • For the Ribs:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Wrap room-temperature ribs in aluminum foil.
  • Cook for 2 hours for baby back ribs, or 3 hours for spare ribs.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill ribs for 7-10 minutes on each side, basting with BBQ sauce.
  • Remove and serve.


If you’ve never worked with tamarind before, you need to extract the juice from the pods. Or, you can buy the paste.
Start the ribs them in the oven and finish them off on the grill. 


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg