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Smoked Ribs With Coconut Rum BBQ Sauce by Journey South

Smoked Ribs With Coconut Rum BBQ Sauce by Journey South

By Journey South Outfitters

Add a taste of the tropics to your next rack. This recipe features slow-smoked ribs finished off with a homemade coconut rum BBQ sauce that’s perfect for your next summer cookout.

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time

6 Hr




Number of People Serving


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Units of Measurment:
1 Bottle Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce
2 Cup white rum
2 Can coconut milk
2 Tomato, chopped
2 Clove garlic
3 Rack St. Louis-style ribs
4 Tablespoon Traeger Rub
6 Tablespoon butter
1 1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Cup agave


  • 1

    For the BBQ Sauce: When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

  • 2

    Chop up tomatoes and garlic and add all ingredients to a cast iron pan. Mix to combine. Place the pan directly on the grill grate and cook for 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from grill grate and transfer to a blender. Puree until smooth. Reserve until ready to sauce ribs.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C


  • 3

    For the Ribs: Reduce grill temperature to 250 degrees F. Trim ribs and remove membrane. Season ribs with Traeger Rub and place directly on grill grate rib side down or in a Traeger rib rack with the bone resting on the rack. Cook for 3 hours.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 4

    Stack 2 pieces of tin foil on the table large enough to cover one rack of ribs. In the center of the foil place 3 Tbsp butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup agave.

  • 5

    Place the ribs meat side down on top of the brown sugar mixture and wrap tightly. Repeat with remaining 2 racks.

  • 6

    Place all ribs directly on the grill grate (no rack) meat side down and cook an additional 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 203 degrees F.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

    203 ˚F / 95 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 7

    Remove ribs from the grill and cover each rack with 1/2 cup Coconut Rum BBQ sauce. Rewrap and return to grill an additional 10 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.

  • 8

    Remove ribs from the grill and slice. Enjoy!

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