Rib of the Week: Fiery Red Currant Ribs


I love hot and spicy food.

(You know, the kind that makes your nose sweat just the tiniest bit?)

Wasabi. Chili peppers. Lots of ginger. You name it, chances are it’s on my list.

These ribs combine two types of heat with red currant jelly. The sugar in the jelly adds just the right amount of understated sweetness to balance out the heat—and practically guarantees that your ribs will develop a deep reddish brown crust. A shot of mushroom soy sauce enhances the flavor, and adds all the salt you’ll need.

Warning: These ribs are pretty darn hot. It’s that slow kind of heat that creeps up on you.

If you’re sensitive to hot stuff, cut way down on the chili sauce when you mix the glaze. You can always add more once you taste it before you put it on the ribs.

I used beef back ribs for this recipe, but the glaze is just fabulous on pork ribs and chicken, too.

Fiery Red Currant Ribs: A note on ingredients

I like Trappist brand jams and jellies an awful lot. If you can’t find it, use any quality jelly that lists fruit and sugar as the main ingredients.

If you can’t find Turkish Aleppo chili pepper flakes, you can order them from Penzey’s. A 4-oz. bag is $5.45.

For the hot sauce, I like Sriracha hot chili sauce. You should be able to find it at an Asian grocer. You can also order it online here.

Fiery Red Currant Ribs

5-6 large beef back ribs
1/2 cup red currant jelly
1 Tbls. mushroom soy sauce
1 Tsp. Sriracha chili sauce
1 Tbls. Aleppo chili flakes

Serves about 2 as a main course, depending on how meaty your ribs are.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and/or parchment and set it aside.

Fiery Red Currant Ribs: Make the red currant glaze

Measure out the currant jelly into a medium-sized mixing bowl. (So pretty!)

Add the mushroom soy sauce.

Next, add the sriracha chili sauce.

Toss in the Aleppo chili flakes.

Whisk the glaze together with a fork until it’s uniform in consistency.

Give the glaze a little taste. If you held back on the chili sauce earlier to wait and judge the heat, add more now if you like.

Fiery Red Currant Ribs: Glaze your ribs

Line your ribs up on your prepared sheet pan.

With a brush, paint the ribs with the glaze on all sides.

(When I use a thinner marinade, I usually shake everything up in a large, zip-top bag. For a thicker glaze like this, I like to paint it on to help ensure more even coverage.)

Keep going ’til the ribs are covered on all sides.

If you have extra glaze left in the bowl, pour a little bit down the center of each rib.

Fiery Red Currant Ribs: Roast and serve

Pop the pan into your preheated oven. Roast at 350 degrees for 60-75 minutes, depending on the size of your ribs. Normally, an hour will do it for me, but these ribs were enormous, so I left them in a little longer.

They’re done when they’ve developed a deep reddish-brown crust and the meat comes away easily when you pull at it with a fork. Mine looked about like this:

Serve and enjoy!


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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie serves as an Associate Creative Director at PARTNERS+simons, a boutique ad agency in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.


  1. Oh, oh, spicy ribs…I WANT! *drools* Too bad, the two males at home can’t take the heat (one due to health and another because he’s still too young) so I have to lay off the chillies…sigh…

  2. Two things – first this recipe looks wonderful. Second – there are links! Links to the ingredients that I couldn’t find out here in the local suburban grocery store where the most exotic thing they have is HoHos. Way wonderful.

  3. Hehe, oh yay. I’m glad you guys like them! And seriously? Sriracha has to be some of the best stuff on the planet.

    Joyce–I’m so glad the links are helpful! Give me a holler if you ever can’t find an ingredient and I’ll do what I can to help you track it down.


  4. Loves these Ribs….were not that hot and I subtitute Aleppo chili flakes for Aleppo Pepper and use regular soy sauce instead of mushroom soy sauce with some Mac and cheese