Guava Basted Cuban BBQ Ribs

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 25m
Ready In

"Guava jelly imparts a unique sweetness and pungency to the bbq sauce that says Cuban to these ribs. The ribs are braised to bring out the meats tenderness and at the same time renders off additional fat. Note that the marinating time is not included in the prep. time. Source: Our Latin Table"

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (536.3 g)
  • Calories 1143.6
  • Total Fat - 68.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 22.7 mg
  • Sodium - 2026.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 128.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.2 g
  • Sugars - 80.2 g
  • Protein - 6.3 g
  • Calcium - 181.8 mg
  • Iron - 4.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 243.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Place all the MARINADE ingredients in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and puree.

Step 2

Place the ribs in a large nonreactive container and pour the marinade over them to cover. Cover the container and allow the ribs to marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4

While the ribs are marinating, make the BRAISING LIQUID.

Step 5

Combine all the braising ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

Step 6

When the ribs have finished marinating, place them in a large Dutch oven with the liquid and braise, covered, for 2 hours.

Step 7

While the ribs are braising, make the barbecue sauce.

Step 8

In a medium saucepan, saute the onion and red pepper in olive oil over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 40 minutes.

Step 9

Allow the mixture to cook slightly, then puree in a food processor fitted with the metal blade.

Step 10

Turn oven up to 350 degrees and place the ribs on a baking sheet.

Step 11

Pour the guava barbecue sauce over the ribs and bake for 15 minutes.

NOTE: If you prefer, grill for 5 minutes on each side and finish in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes, being careful as molasses tends to burn on the grill.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Wow, what a lot of work. But certainly worth it. These are some of the best ribs I have ever tried. They were so good, the flavor the textures, the meat was very flavorful and extremely tender. Made as written and wouldn't change a thing. Baked in the oven because it was raining. Thank you so much for sharing another special recipe Nat. Loved it. Made FYC tag game.

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(3 Oct 2017)