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Smoked Ribs with Coconut Rum BBQ Sauce

Smoked Ribs with Coconut Rum BBQ Sauce

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.

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time

6 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
Coconut Rum BBQ Sauce
1 Bottle Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce
2 Cup rum
2 Can coconut milk
2 Medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves roasted garlic, chopped
3 Rack St Louis style ribs, trimmed and membrane removed
4 Tablespoon Traeger Rub
6 Tablespoon butter
1 1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Cup agave


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 350°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

  • 2

    Make the Coconut Rum BBQ Sauce. In a cast iron pan, add the Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce, rum, coconut milk, tomatoes, and roasted garlic. Stir to combine.

  • 3

    Place the pan directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for 45-60 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly and the flavors have come together.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C


  • 4

    Remove the sauce the from the grill. Reduce the grill temperature to 250°F. Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until it is smooth. Reserve it until ready to sauce the ribs.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

  • 5

    Make the ribs. Season the ribs with Traeger Rub on both sides.

  • 6

    Insert the probe horizontally into the meaty section of the ribs, avoiding the bones if possible. Place the ribs directly on grill grates, bone-side down. Close the lid and cook for 3 hours.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 7

    Stack 2 pieces of 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. Remove the ribs from the grill. Place the ribs meat-side down on the brown sugar mixture and wrap them tightly. Repeat with the remaining racks.

  • 8

    Place the wrapped ribs, meat-side down, directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 203 °F, around 1 1/2-2 hours.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

    203 ˚F / 95 ˚C


  • 9

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

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C


  • 10

    Remove the ribs from the grill and slice them between the bones for serving. Enjoy!

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