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Hot Honey Riblets

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Savor the incredible flavors of these hot honey riblets! These bad boys are grilled to perfection and generously slathered in a heavenly sweet and spicy hot honey mixture. Make a double batch because this lip-smacking appetizer will go quickly!

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What are riblets?

Riblets are the smaller bone-in rib pieces cut from a rack of pork ribs. They differ from rib tips which come from the meaty section located underneath a rack of spare ribs. This cut is perfect for the grill or smoker, oven, or a slow-cooker.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Riblet strips: You’ll need three pounds of riblets for this recipe.
  • Green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Easy Hot Honey
  • Salt and black pepper 
  • Granulated garlic
  • 1-2 disposable aluminum pans

How to make hot honey riblets:

  • Prepare your gill by setting up a two-zone cooking area for indirect cooking. These riblets will take 60 minutes to cook. If using a pellet grill, preheat your grill to 250 degrees F. Use fruitwood for the recipe, and keep a reliable instant-read thermometer nearby!
  • Season riblets with salt, granulated garlic, and pepper. Place them on the grill, close lid, and cook for 60-75 minutes over indirect heat. Look for an internal temperature of 180 degrees F.
  • Hot Honey: Prepare easy hot honey according to recipe instructions. Strain, and keep at room temperature until ready to use.
  • Transfer riblets to a cutting board and cut them into individual pieces. Place pieces into the aluminum pan and pour the hot honey mixture over the top. Toss to coat.
  • Place the aluminum pan back onto the grill over low heat, close the lid, and let it go for 3-5 minutes. Toss, and repeat the process two more times, until the hot honey riblets are well coated, have a red-brown color, and the sauce is caramelized.
  • Remove pan from grill and garnish riblets with chopped green onion and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Storing leftovers:

Store your leftover hot honey riblets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days after preparation.

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Hot Honey Riblets

These riblets are grilled, then bathed in delicious hot honey, then placed back on the grill to finish up. The sauce is sweet and spicy, and these riblets make the perfect appetizer for game days, cookouts, and potlucks.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, American BBQ, Fusion
Keyword: bbq riblets, grilled riblets, hot honey, hot honey riblets, rib recipe, riblet recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 842kcal
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs riblet strips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2/3 cup Easy Hot Honey
  • 2 medium green onions finely chopped (garnish)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds (garnish)
  • 1 disposable aluminum pan 13” x 9”

Instructions

  • Preheat grill for medium-high indirect cooking. Use apple or cherry wood chunks or pellets.
  • Season riblets with salt and pepper. Place onto grill, close lid, and cook for 60-75 minutes over indirect heat. Look for an internal temperature of 180 degrees F.
  • Prepare hot honey according to recipe instructions. See link in recipe ingredient list.
  • Transfer riblets to a cutting board and cut into individual pieces. Place pieces into the aluminum pan and pour hot honey mixture over the top. Toss to coat.
  • Place the aluminum pan onto the grill over low heat, close the lid, and let it go for 3-4 minutes. Toss riblets, and repeat the process two more times, or until riblets are well coated, have a red-brown color, and the sauce has thickened up.
  • Remove pan from grill and garnish riblets with chopped green onion and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days after preparation.

Nutrition

Calories: 842kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg

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