Guava Basted Cuban BBQ Ribs

"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 (844.2 g)
  • Calories 1609.7
  • Total Fat - 97.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 16 g
  • Cholesterol - 241.8 mg
  • Sodium - 2033.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 112.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.1 g
  • Sugars - 69.9 g
  • Protein - 68.4 g
  • Calcium - 228.3 mg
  • Iron - 6.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 208.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.4 mg

Step 1

Place all the MARINADE ingredients in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and puree OR can run it through a blender.

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 or more. (I prefer to place ribs and marinade in a ziplock bag and then place the bag in a bowl, too prevent any dripage. The bag method allows the marinade to thoroughly hug the ribs which helps penetrate all the goody flavor).

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 dutch oven and set aside.

Step 6

When the ribs have finished marinating, place ribs and marinade into the Dutch oven which already contains the braising liquid, cover and place in the oven for 2 hours.

Step 7

While the ribs are braising, make the BARBECUE SAUCE.

Step 8

In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, saute the onion and red pepper in olive oil over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 40 minutes. Stir every so often to prevent it from sticking or burning at the bottom of the pot.

Step 9

Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then puree in a food processor fitted with the metal blade OR by running it through a blender.

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.



My whole family loved this version of ribs. It is really good and well worth it. Though it has a 3 step process, found it easy peasy especially when you can start the day ahead.

review by:
(1 Jun 2022)


Amazing ribs! That BBQ sauce is to die for; I could eat it with a spoon! We only made one rack of ribs, so I cut the recipe in half. The BBQ sauce made so much, even so - that I'll need to freeze it for future use. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone delicious, and I did put them on the grill for about 5 minutes per side, then finished them in the oven. Made the BBQ sauce the night before, so putting these together for dinner was really quick and easy. So, so good!!!

review by:
(27 Jul 2021)


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.

review by:
(3 Oct 2017)