Our neighbors south of the Rio Grande know how to make some spicy food. Mexican food often features a little kick from a handful of chiles tossed in, and one of the most flavorful is the chipotle. Simply a smoked jalapeno, chipotles add a sweet and spicy smokiness you just can’t get from anything else. Match it with some plum for a BBQ sauce that’s a little different, but in a great way.


  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 3/4 cup plum sauce
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced chipotle in adobo with sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds pork back ribs

Cooking Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix 1/4 cup hot water with the instant coffee and stir to dissolve. Once dissolved, combine the coffee with plum sauce, orange juice, chipotle sauce and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer until slightly thickened, about five minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Reserve 2/3 of a cup of sauce for basting; use the rest to evenly coat both sides of the ribs. Arrange the ribs, bone down, in a single layer in a foil-lined baking sheet. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake one hour. Remove foil (from the top), baste with remaining BBQ sauce and bake ribs one more hour. Allow the cooked ribs to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Barbecue Done Right

So that’s just one way of making some delicious ribs. Whether you use a dry rub or a sauce, vinegar or plum sauce, BBQ ribs make for some excellent eating. Of course, if you’re looking for the best Carolina barbecue on the Outer Banks, then stop by Sooey’s BBQ and Rib Shack in Nags Head for some swine dining!