Pineapple Upside Down Ribs on the Traeger Ironwood XL

Pineapple Upside Down Ribs on the Traeger Ironwood XL

Pineapple Upside Down Ribs? Absolutely! These ribs were inspired by easy-breezy pineapple, sweet cherries, and deep notes of brown sugar. Don’t think this rib recipe is all sugar; it has a savory undertone and a hint of heat. I held nothing back with this Pineapple Upside Down Ribs recipe, including adding wrap and glaze for maximum results.

If you’re looking for ribs with gorgeous color and even better flavor, give this recipe a shot. It’s the perfect way to wow your game day pals or cookout buddies. They’ll want the recipe for themselves, so be sure to bookmark it!

Pineapple Upside Down Ribs | Heath Riles BBQ

My Pineapple Upside Down Ribs recipe uses a great combination of Heath Riles BBQ signature rubs, sauces, and glazes. Each ingredient listed has a unique flavor profile yet complements the other components to a tee. You’d be surprised what can happen when you invest in a few good seasonings!

This rib recipe cooks low and slow, giving the sweet, savory, and zesty flavors time to marinate. Add a kiss of smoke from the Traeger Ironwood XL, and you have the ultimate ribs - fit for a king! Give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think. 

The Ingredients

Here are just a few of the ingredients I used to make my mouthwatering Pineapple Upside Down Ribs. 

  • Heath Riles BBQ Garlic Jalapeńo Rub. This delicious AP rub is our all-time bestseller. It features a mix of garlic, jalepeńo, salt, and pepper. Its neutral flavor makes it a great addition to popcorn, veggies, burgers, ribs, and more. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Honey Chipotle Rub. If you love sweet heat, you’ll adore this honey chipotle rub. It gives ribs, roasts, burgers, and steaks a brilliant color and an even better flavor. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Butter Bath & Wrap. My butter bath doubles as a wrap, giving you more bang for your buck. This is the ultimate way to infuse every bite of ribs with moisture. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Brown Sugar Honey Habenero BBQ Glaze. This tasty glaze features sweet, deep notes of brown sugar and zesty habanero peppers. You can use it straight from the bottle or blend it with BBQ sauce for a unique twist. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Cherry Apple Habanero BBQ Glaze. My cherry apple glaze is excellent for pitmasters who love adding fruit notes to barbecue. I worked on refining this glaze for over six years and am beyond happy to share it with the world! 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Competition BBQ Sauce. I created my latest BBQ sauce with my buddies from Checkered Pig. This unique blend of spices was the cherry on top that helped us win ribs in the 2022 Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest. I know it’ll help you score big, too! 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce. If you like ketchup-based sauces, you’ll love this one. It took me 10 years to perfect this BBQ sauce, which was worth every minute. Use it as a condiment or pair it with a vinegar-based sauce for a tangy flavor profile. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Pineapple Habanero BBQ Glaze. My newest glaze tastes like summer in a bottle. Who can beat the combination of tropical pineapple and hot peppers? Use it to top hams or ribs, or add a drizzle to your salads or seafood. The sky’s the limit. 

The Smoker Setup

Here’s the main equipment I used for this recipe. More of my grilling favorites can be found in the Equipment and Tools section. 

  • Pellet grill/smoker. I cooked these Pineapple Upside Down Ribs on the Traeger Ironwood XL. This pit is incredible because you can use it to grill or smoke. The Traeger Ironwood XL has many excellent features, like a pellet sensor, a super smoke button, and easy transportation. If you cook large quantities of food, you can’t go wrong with the Traeger Ironwood XL. It’s roomy without taking up your entire patio, and it’s ultra-durable, lasting for years!
  • Charcoal. I stoked the pit with Royal Oak Charcoal Hardwood Pellets. I love this brand because you get clean smoke with no fillers. It gives the steak a rich, deep flavor that tastes authentic. This charcoal burns hot and fast! 

The Process for Making Pineapple Upside Down Ribs

The recipe card and video give you a visual demonstration of this recipe. For now, here’s a quick rundown of how I pulled these Pineapple Upside Down Ribs together. 

The Results

My Pineapple Upside Down Ribs came off the grill with the most beautiful color. They really tasted just like pineapple upside down cake! The ribs fell off the bone and were infused with the perfect amount of spice. 

Serving Suggestions for Pineapple Upside Down Ribs

These ribs would go great with a large side salad, a cold beer, and baked potato wedges. 

Storing Leftovers

Leftover pineapple Upside-down Ribs can be stored in the fridge for up to four days or frozen for up to four months. 

Equipment and Tools

Traeger Ironwood XL, Royal Oak Charcoal Hardwood pellets, disposable cutting board, Heath Riles Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves, aluminum foil, cast iron pan, spray bottle, metal sheet pan, ThermoWorks Hi-Temp Silicone Brush, Victorinox Fribrox Pro Chef’s Knife, metal tongs.

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