Cayenne Sugar Ribs

This Cayenne Sugar Rib recipe rubs cayenne pepper, garlic, and brown sugars together for a light sweet and spicy glaze on top of deliciously grilled pork ribs.  This is an easy way to enjoy juicy ribs all spring and summer long!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 people
Author J Trogstad


  • 1 packge Smithfield Extra Tender Pork St Louis Style Ribs

Cayenne Sugar Rub

  • 1/3 cup brown or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic


  1. Cut your ribs in half for easier handling.  Heat your charcoal grill to a medium heat.

  2. Mix all of the cayenne sugar rub ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Rub half of the rub on the meat and leave the other half to rub on during the grilling process.  Allow the rub to turn into a glaze over the meat (approximately 10 minutes.)

  3. Place the sections of ribs on the grill over indirect heat for 1.5-2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 150*F.  Remove from the grill for 5 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You will likely need to flip the ribs a few times during the grilling process.  While you are flipping the ribs feel free to rub more of the reserved rub on them.