Costillas de Puerco Barbacoa (Cuban-style Barbeque Pork Ribs)

These ribs, which are a merger of Cuban and American Country cuisines, are wonderful. The meat is so tender and flavorful. Once you’ve tried them, they’ll become a fixture on your cookout menus.

Serves: 4

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 rack pork spare ribs – about 4 pounds
  • 1 cup Mojo criollo


  1. Preheat oven to 225° and prepare a cookie sheet by treating it with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl combine the sugar and the dry spices.
  3. Rinse the ribs carefully and pat them dry. Generously season the ribs on both sides with the sugar & spice mix and rub it into the meat.
  4. Place the ribs on the cookie sheet and bake slowly for 1 hour.
  5. Remove the ribs from the oven and allow them to cool.
  6. When cool enough to handle, cut the rack into individual ribs and place them in a large bowl pour the mojo criollo over them and toss to coat. Allow ribs to sit in the marinade for a couple of hours or overnight.
  7. Preheat gas grill with medium flame, or if using charcoal, the grill is ready when the briquettes have ashed over.
  8. Place the ribs on the grill and cook for two minutes on each side.
  9. Remove and transfer to a serving platter. Serve accompanied by our spicy, sweet and smoky barbeque sauce.