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bbq ribs glazed with flor de jamaica

BBQ pork ribs with hibiscus flower glaze

  • Author: Jess Pryles



1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1.5 cups dried hibiscus flowers

1/4 t chipotle powder

2 tablespoons cider vinegar (plus extra for spritzing)

2 racks st louis ribs

34 tablespoons Hardcore Carnivore Red seasoning


  1. Start by preparing the glaze. Place sugar and water into a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat and add in hibiscus, then steep for 30-40 minutes. Strain the liquid and return it to the saucepan, discarding the spent flowers. Add in the chipotle powder and cider vinegar, then return the to heat to reduce and thicken a further 10-14 minutes. Allow glaze to cool.
  2. Fire up a smoker to run at 225f. Cherry, apple and hickory woods work really well with pork. While the smoker is preheating, prepare the ribs.
  3. Pat ribs dry with a paper towel. If preferred, remove the membrane. Sprinkle the racks liberally with Hardcore Carnivore Red seasoning, ensuring all sides are coated. Allow seasoning to form a paste by letting it sit and sweat for 20-30 minutes.
  4. In a spray bottle, combine some water and the extra cider vinegar. Place the ribs in the smoker and cook for three hours, spritzing every 30 minutes or so.
  5. After three hours, wrap the ribs in a double layer of foil and return to the smoker for a further two hours.
  6. Unwrap the ribs and discard the foil. Paint the top of the ribs with a generous amount of the hibiscus glaze, then cook a further 5-10 minutes to set. If you prefer a sweeter and more mirrorlike finish, glaze the ribs again once you have removed them from the smoker.
  • Method: BBQ

Keywords: pork ribs