Spanish-style Barbecue Ribs


Spanish-style Barbecue Ribs

Smokey and Spicy Spanish Ribs: A Fiery Twist on Barbecue

In Spanish cuisine, bold flavors and smoky aromas are highly valued. These Spanish-style barbecue ribs combine the best of American barbecue with the vibrant spices and ingredients of Spanish cuisine. The result is a mouthwatering dish that will transport you to the sunny streets of Spain.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

40 minutes

60 minutes

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Low-carb, High-protein


Vegan, Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal, Nut-free


While American barbecue ribs are typically slow-cooked and smothered in a sweet and tangy sauce, Spanish-style barbecue ribs are seasoned with a blend of aromatic spices and grilled to perfection. The Spanish version also incorporates traditional Spanish ingredients like smoked paprika, garlic, and olive oil, giving the ribs a distinctively Spanish flair. We alse have the original recipe for Barbecue Ribs, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 450 kcal / 1880 KJ
  • Fat: 30g (Saturated Fat: 8g)
  • Carbohydrates: 8g (Sugars: 5g)
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. 2.
    In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, cumin, oregano, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper to make the spice rub.
  3. 3.
    Rub the spice mixture all over the ribs, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  4. 4.
    In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce (if using) to make the barbecue sauce.
  5. 5.
    Place the ribs on the preheated grill and cook for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until nicely charred and cooked through.
  6. 6.
    Brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce during the last few minutes of grilling, allowing it to caramelize and create a sticky glaze.
  7. 7.
    Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Pork Ribs — For tender ribs, marinate them in the spice rub overnight in the refrigerator before grilling.
  • Smoked Paprika — Use a good quality smoked paprika to achieve that authentic Spanish smoky flavor.
  • Red Wine Vinegar — If you prefer a milder tang, you can substitute red wine vinegar with apple cider vinegar.

Tips & Tricks

  • For extra tenderness, wrap the seasoned ribs in foil and bake them in the oven at 150°C (300°F) for 2 hours before grilling.
  • Serve the ribs with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of chopped parsley for a burst of freshness.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, increase the amount of hot sauce in the barbecue sauce.
  • Pair these ribs with a refreshing Spanish gazpacho for a complete Spanish-inspired meal.
  • Leftover ribs can be shredded and used in tacos or sandwiches for a delicious next-day meal.

Serving advice

Serve the Spanish-style barbecue ribs hot, garnished with fresh parsley and accompanied by a side of grilled vegetables or a simple green salad.

Presentation advice

Arrange the ribs on a platter, drizzle some extra barbecue sauce on top, and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley sprigs for an appetizing presentation.