Summertime, and the grillin’ is easy

Celebrate National Barbecue Month with these tasty ribs from the Harbor View.

Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs by Chef Caleb Lara of the Harbor View Hotel. — Photo courtesy the Harbor View H

Summer is quickly approaching, and as the days get longer and the weather gets better, we’re preparing for some hardcore grilling this season. Getting out of the house and grilling your dinner is often healthier, more fun, more relaxing, and makes for an easier cleanup. May is National Barbecue Month, and now is the perfect time to get outside and master some of the grilling techniques and recipes that will get you through the summer.

While it’s a more informal way of cooking, proper grilling is an art form that takes care, time, and dedication, especially when grilling bone-in meats like these Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs. Chef Caleb Lara of the Harbor View Hotel shares with us one of his favorite recipes for pork ribs, which includes making his own pork spice rub as well as his own chipotle barbecue sauce. Like we mentioned, grilling takes time and effort; with this recipe you can prep the rub and the sauce the day before, marinate the ribs overnight in the rub, and throw them on the grill the next day (fret not, they’ll work in the oven if you’re still hunting for a new grill).

For many pitmasters (especially those from the American South) the sun rises and sets on pork ribs. With good reason! Pork ribs are widely available, mercifully affordable, easy to cook, and richly flavored.” —Steven Raichlen, author of Best Ribs Ever

Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs

By Chef Caleb Lara of the Harbor View Hotel

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 4 hours


For the chipotle barbecue sauce:

4 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup butter
4 cups ketchup
1⅓ cups brown sugar
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup lemon juice
6 chipotles in adobo
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. fresh oregano
Kosher salt, to taste

To make the pork spice rub:

½ Tbsp. ground ginger
½ Tbsp. ground onion
1 Tbsp. ground coriander
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup kosher salt

10 pounds pork ribs

To make the sauce: In a sauce pan, sauté garlic in butter until soft; add all other ingredients, and simmer until thickened. Puree and season with salt and pepper.

To make the spice rub: Whisk together all the ingredients, and store in an airtight container.

To prepare Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs: Rub the racks with prepared seasoning rub, and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 300℉ and roast the pork rib racks slowly for three hours until done. Glaze with chipotle barbecue sauce during the last hour.

Preheat your grill to 325℉ to 350℉. When ready to cook, brush grill grates with oil and place the ribs bone side down. Cover the grill and cook the ribs until tender.