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

How to Make Mellina's Jerk Rib Tips


  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove rib tips from bag and place on a baking sheet and let sit for 15 minutes to reach room temperature.
  4. 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.
  5. If you cooked the tips whole, cut up into 2" pieces. Serve with BBQ or jerk sauce, optional.
  6. 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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