Mellina's Jerk Rib Tips

Mellina Land


You've gotta try these juicy, flavorful rib tips. I've been told that "rib tips" are a Chicago thing. It's the top part of spare ribs, the 'rib tip', the part cut off spare ribs to make St. Louis ribs. There is a place in Chicago that has the best Jamaican Jerk Rib Tips, this is very close to their Jerk Rib Tips. My family loves them.

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8 entree


15 Min


1 Hr 20 Min


3 Tbsp
fresh lime juice
4 oz
light rum
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
2 Tbsp
coarsely ground black pepper
1 1/4 Tbsp
jamaican allspice
1 1/4 Tbsp
coarse salt
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
crushed thyme
2 1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
2 1/4 tsp
ground cloves
6 lb
rib tips, cleaned and cut up

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 300° F.
In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, rum, and brown sugar; set aside. Mix together the cayenne pepper, clove, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, salt, and crushed thyme. Place rib tips in a re-sealable bag and pour spice mixture over them, shake to coat evenly.
Remove rib tips from bag and place on a baking sheet and let sit for 15 minutes to reach room temperature.
Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, until meat pulls slightly away from bone. Baste the tips with the lime juice mixture every 20-30 minutes while it's cooking.
If you cooked the tips whole, cut up into 2" pieces. Serve with BBQ or jerk sauce, optional.
Tips and Alternatives:

1. If you don’t have rum, you can use 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons rum extract, plus enough water to equal 4 oz.

2. If you want to prepare this ahead of time, you can season the rib tips in the morning, refrigerate them, and take them out 15 minutes before cooking.

3. This can be cooked on the grill too, using indirect method. However, I recommend cooking them whole on the grill and cutting them up once they're cooked.

4. I have adjusted the seasoning of this recipe several times over the years. This recipe as written is on the low end of spicy, if you want jerk flavor, but not necessarily the heat, reduce the cayenne pepper to 1 1/2 teaspoons - it won't be spicy, yet it will still bring out the other flavors without the feel that something is missing.

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