Spicy Pork Ribs

Spicy Pork Ribs. Image credit: Unsplash

Marinade these Spicy Pork Ribs for a deliciously sticky treat on the braai

The secret to these sticky spare pork ribs is to pre-cook and marinade them the day before. The result is a juicy meaty treat you can dig your hands into.

Spicy Pork Ribs

Spicy Pork Ribs. Image credit: Unsplash

Mat Hartley of Braai365 shares his recipe for sticky, spicy pork ribs cooked on the braai fire.

It’s an easy recipe but remember to start the preparation the day before. The secret lies in pre-cooking the ribs before adding the marinade, and then they don’t need long on the coals when it comes to braai time.

Spicy pork ribs on the braai

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Braai365 Course: DinnerCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
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  • 500 g pork ribs

  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 tablespoons peri-peri sauce (Mat recommends Nando’s peri-peri sauce but you can substitute with chilli sauce)

  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed)

  • 1 red pepper (cut finely)

  • black pepper


  • The day before serving double wrap the ribs in tin foil (shiny side in) and throw them on the braai (indirect heat) with the lid on for 1 hour. If you can’t light a braai the day before, throw the ribs (and foil) in the oven on 175°C for 1 hour. Remove from the braai or oven and allow to cool.
  • While doing this prepare your marinade by throwing all the ingredients into a bowl, and give it a good stir.
  • Once the ribs have cooled down slightly, lay down some cling wrap in a pan, and place the ribs on top of this (with the meatier side facing up). Pour the marinade over the ribs then wrap completely a few times.
  • Place the ribs in the fridge overnight and remove about 2 hours before braai time.
  • Braai Time
  • Prepare your kettle with one side of charcoal as you will have a braai on direct and indirect heat.
  • Make sure the coals have turned white and you have a medium heat (this is the temperature at which you can just hold your hand over the grill for 5-7 seconds).
  • Remove the ribs from cling film and throw them on direct heat. Braai each side for 5 minutes.
  • After this place the ribs on the opposite side of the coals and place the lid on the kettle to braai on indirect heat for 10 minutes each side. Remember to baste your ribs with the leftover marinade every so often.
  • So all in all, you braai for 30 minutes: 10 minutes – direct heat and 20 minutes – Indirect heat (with kettle lid on)
  • Remove from the braai and tuck in!

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