whiskey habanero ribsRibs are one of my family’s favorite meals… Ever! I love to make some baby back ribs because they have some more meat on them. I wanted to make something a bit different so I went with a delicious whiskey marinade that turned out absolutely money! Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

smoked whiskey ribs

Whiskey Habanero Marinated Ribs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 2 Slabs of Baby back rib

Whiskey Marinade

  • ¼ cup Soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Whiskey
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • 2 tbsp Ginger grated
  • 2 tsp Sesame oil
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 2 Habaneros seeded and finely chopped

Habanero Honey Glaze

  • ¼ cup Honey
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Whiskey
  • ¼ cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 Habenero seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce
Keyword habanero ribs, marinated ribs, ribs, whiskey marinated ribs


  1. Start off by prepping your baby back ribs. Remove the membrane and cut off the dead ends for evening your rack. Also, remove silver skin.
  2. Once you get them prepped, place them in a large aluminum pan and add the whiskey habanero marinade together and make sure to cover with more aluminum to place in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
  3. The next day, remove them from the aluminum pan and dry them off. Set your smoker at 275 degrees. Use the hot sauce as a binder and apply it to the ribs, next season with your favorite pork seasoning. Place on the smoker with applewood.
  4. After 1 hour check the ribs and begin to spritz with apple cider vinegar. 
  5. After the 2 hours and 45 min mark, get a saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Add the Habanero Honey Glaze ingredients. Starts with soy sauce, whiskey, honey, apple cider vinegar, fish sauce, brown sugar and habanero. Let simmer for 6-8 mins and then remove to cool off.
  7. When your ribs are near probe tender sauce your ribs and let the glaze set.
  8. Remove and let rest for 15 mins. Slice to your liking and serve!
  9. Enjoy with friends and family.

If you’re looking for a delicious and spicy way to cook ribs, this whiskey habanero marinade is the perfect recipe. The ribs will be tender and full of flavor, and your guests will love the heat from the habaneros. So fire up the grill and get cooking!

Did you enjoy these whiskey habanero marinated ribs? You’ll love my other pork recipes in the link below!

Pork Recipes

Items used in This Recipe

Bradley Smokers

Knitted Gloves

Meater +

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Starters

Firestarter Guard

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