Cajun Pork Riblets

These Cajun Pork Riblets make one fantastic appetizer. They are easy to prepare and even better to eat. Remember to adjust the spices to your liking. This dish is perfect for any occasion and will keep you coming back for more.

This Cajun pork riblet recipe includes both a rub and sauce component. You can use your favorite bottled or make one of our popular sauces.

What are pork riblets?

Riblets are the smaller bone-in rib pieces that are cut from a rack of pork ribs. They are not to be confused with rib tips or the meaty section taken from the underside of a full rack of spare ribs. 

You can find ready-cut, prepackaged pork riblets in most grocery stores. However, you can also ask your local butcher to cut them for you.   

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How to cook Cajun Pork Riblets:

If you are using a gas or charcoal unit, set up for a 1 hour indirect cook. This means that you need to set up a two-zone cooking area where one side of your grill produces intense heat and the other side is primed for low and slow cooking. Aim for a target temperature of about 225 degrees F.

Set your pellet grill for 225 degrees F. I recommend using fruitwood like apple or cherry.

  1. Season your riblets with the rub and place them into your grill. Close the lid and let them go for 1 1/2-2 hours over low heat or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  2. Place the riblets into the disposable aluminum pan, pour apple juice over the top, cover the pan with aluminum foil, and place back into the grill for another hour. 
  3. Remove riblets from the grill and increase heat to 350 degrees. Place riblets right onto the grates, and brush on the BBQ sauce, every 10-15 minutes. Try to get at least three coats on them. Adjust your grill temperature as needed. 
  4. Once the sauce has had a chance to set up, the riblets are done. Remove, place into a clean cutting board. Let them rest for about 10 minutes, then cut into individual riblets and serve.
Cajun Pork Riblets

Storing leftovers:

Store these riblets in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to three days after initial cooking. If you plan to freeze them, I recommend using vacuum-sealed bags for the job. These Cajun pork riblets can be frozen for up to six months. Let them thaw in your refrigerator for 12 hours, and re-warm them in a 275-degree oven.

 

Cajun Pork Riblets

Cajun Pork Riblets

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American BBQ
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 6 People

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds pork riblets
  • 1 large disposable aluminum pan
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • For rub:
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • Prepare your grill for 225 degrees F.
  • Season your riblets with rub and place them into your grill. Close the lid and let them go for 1 1/2-2 hours over low heat or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • Place the riblets into the disposable aluminum pan, pour apple juice over top, cover pan with aluminum foil, and place back into the grill for another hour.
  • Remove riblets from the grill and increase heat to 350 degrees. Place riblets right onto the grates, and brush on the BBQ sauce, every 10-15 minutes. Try to get at least three coats on. Adjust heat as needed. 
  • Once the sauce has had a chance to set up, the riblets are done. Remove, place into a clean cutting board. Let them rest for about 10 minutes, then cut into individual pieces and serve.

Notes

Image by: Sabrina Baksh