Guava Smoked Baby Back Ribs

It is officially grilling season, and today we’re bringing you a taste of the tropics with Tommy Bahama’s Guava Glazed Smoked Baby Back Ribs recipe!

Today I’m going to show you how to make smoked baby back ribs using the smoker box on our grill.

If you have a smoker or pellet grill, you can adapt this recipe by adjusting the smoker temperature to about 225℉ and cooking 3-4 hours, until the ribs are done to your liking.

For the glaze, we’re using guava jelly, but you can also use pineapple or passion fruit jelly for a similar tropical twist.

Guava Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Recipe by Jason Hill –
This Guava Glazed Smoked Baby Back Ribs Recipe, inspired by Tommy Bahama restaurants, is going to wow your guests with its tropical inspired flavors. I'm using a smoker box for this recipe. If you have a smoker or pellet grill, you can adjust the smoker temperature to about 225℉ and cook 3-4 hours, until the ribs are done to your liking.
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Hawaiian
Servings 6


  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • 2 large handfuls guava apple, or cherry wood chips

Dry Rub

  • 3 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. granulated onion
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Guava Glaze

  • 1 cup guava jelly or pineapple
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha sauce


  • To get started, soak 2 large handfuls guava, apple, or cherry wood chips in hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Mix together dry rub ingredients.
  • Cut 2 racks baby back ribs in two or three slabs and coat well with the dry rub.
  • Preheat the grill on high. Turn one burner off and adjust the heat on the other burner to 350°F.
  • Drain the wood chips and place half of the chips in the grill smoker box. Let the wood burn until it smokes.
  • Place the ribs on the cool side of the grill. Cook the ribs, with the lid closed, for 1 hour.
  • As the ribs are cooking, let’s prepare the Guava Glaze:
  • In a medium pot over medium heat, we’re going to add all of the glaze ingredients. After it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • After the hour is up, add the remaining chips to the grill, and cook with the lid closed for about three hours.
  • OK, let’s check the ribs. You want the meat to be so tender that it tears easily when a rack is bent in half and the meat has shrunk at least 1/4-inch from the bone.
  • Brush the tops of the ribs with some of the glaze. Cook, with the lid closed, until the glaze sets, for about 5 minutes. Turn the ribs and repeat.
  • Transfer the ribs to a chopping board and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Cut between the bones and serve hot with any remaining glaze.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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