Baby Back Ribs al Pastor

Baby Back Ribs al Pastor

By: Brisk It Culinary Team

Baby Back Ribs al Pastor
Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

5 hrs

Rest Time

15 min

Serving Size




Pellet Flavor


Tex-Mex isn’t just for tacos anymore! The delicious flavors of the Mexican American southwest come to life with a handful of cabinet spices and a chef-y salsa-based glaze.


Step 1: Make the Rub

Place chili powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic powder, mustard powder, oregano, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, black pepper, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons Dry oregano
  • 3 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons Ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Dark brown sugar 

Step2: Make the Sauce

Place salsa, honey, chipotle pepper, pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, and remaining tablespoon of kosher salt in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Reserve sauce in the refrigerator for later use.

Step 3: Season the Ribs 

Place 1 tablespoon of sauce on each side of ribs (1/4 cup total) and rub to evenly distribute. This creates a layer of flavor, but also functions as an adhesive for the spice seasoning.


Using all the rub from Step 1, season the ribs evenly and liberally on both sides. The texture of the rub on the ribs should be like wet sand; it might feel like there’s too much seasoning on ribs, but there isn’t!


Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 (3 1/2-pound) racks of baby back ribs

    Sauce from Prep Step 2

    Spice rub from Prep Step 1 


Step 3: Smoke at 190°F 

Temp: 200°F     Time: 3 hours 

Set your Brisk It grill to 190°F.   

Once the grill reaches a stable temperature of 190°F, place the baby back ribs in the grill meat-side up. Smoke ribs for 3 hours.   


Step 4: Wrap the Ribs

After 3 hours of cooking, remove the ribs from the grill. Glaze ribs generously on both sides with al pastor sauce. Reserve approximately 1/2 cup of al pastor for later use.


Wrap the ribs with butcher paper or aluminum foil, ensuring that both ends are crimped to prevent juices from spilling out.


Ingredients Needed:

  • al pastor sauce from Prep Step 2


Step 5: Smoke at 215°F

Temp: 215°F      Time: 2 hours

Set the grill temperature to 215°F and place the ribs onto the grill. Cook ribs for 2 hours


Step 6: Smoke at 250°F

Temp: 250°F      Time: 30 minutes 

Set grill temperature to 250F. Remove ribs from butcher paper or aluminum foil and place ribs, meat-side up, directly onto grill. 


Baste meat-side of ribs with remaining al pastor sauce. Cook ribs for 30 minutes.


Ingredients Needed

al pastor sauce from Prep Step 2


When cooking is complete, allow ribs to rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.