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Guy Fieri’s Cuban Mojo Sauce Recipe For Ribs

Guy Fieri Food cookbook cover

Bring on the mojo with this flavor packed sauce from Food Network’s Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri has his mojo working. Bigtime and off the hook. The culinary career of the quick witted badboy/rock star of the Food Network began as a 10-year-old selling homemade pretzels. He went to the University of Las Vegas (where else) and got a degree in Hospitality Management (actually, UNLV is highly regarded for this school). He was busy running modest restaurants in California when he entered and won the second “Next Food Network Star” reality cooking competition in 2006. Shortly thereafter his “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” show debuted and Fieri went over the top, tooling across the nation in his convertible Camaro fist bumping chefs and eaters in half the downscale joints in the Nation.

But Fieri is a respectable cook and restaurateur. He didn’t win that reality cooking contest on his personality alone, although it is his spikey hair and signature catch phrases that have propelled him to crossover stardom, even hosting the prime time non-food game show “Minute to Win It” on NBC. Fieri also has some fun cookbooks including Guy Fieri Food.

Mojo sauce is a catchall for a wide range of big flavored sauces and marinades from the Caribbean. Some are red, some are green. They are especially popular in Cuba and Puerto Rico where every mother has her own recipe, usually relying heavily on garlic, olive oil, citrus. Here Fieri has paired his mojo with my favorite food, BBQ pork ribs, and in the Caribbean it most frequently used on pork, but it is also wonderful on chicken, fish, and beef.

Guy Fieri's Cuban Mojo Sauce Recipe For Ribs


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Here is a recipe for a flavorful Caribbean style mojo sauce. Mojo sauce is extremely popular in Cuba and Puerto Rico where every mother has her own recipe, usually relying heavily on garlic, olive oil, citrus. This recipe makes enough sauce for about 8 pounds of pork spare ribs, about 6 servings, although only 1 slab of ribs is called for here (if you're making more slabs, multiply the rub accordingly). Recipe Courtesy of Guy Fieri on behalf of the National Pork Board only modified slightly by Meathead.

Course:
Dinner
,
Lunch
,
Sauces and Condiments
Cuisine:
Caribbean
,
Cuban
,
Puerto Rican

Makes:

Servings: 6

Takes:

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours

Ingredients

Ribs and Rub

  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 slab baby back ribs (or spareribs or St. Louis cut ribs)

Mojo Sauce

  • cup olive oil
  • cup orange juice
  • cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives or green onion tops
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Notes:
About the ribs. Fieri recommends spare ribs, but baby backs will work fine.
About the lemon and lime juices. Fresh juice is noticeably different than bottled, but bottled will work in a pinch.
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Method

  • Fire up. Setup your cooker for 2-zone or Indirect cooking with water pans and peg the temp at around 225°F.
  • Prep. Make the rub by mixing the granulated garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Season ribs all over, rubbing the seasoning into the ribs well.
  • Cook. Place the ribs on the cooker and roast with the lid down following the procedures for Last Meal Ribs. Add wood for smoke if you wish.
  • While the meat is cooking, make mojo sauce. Process ingredients in a blender into a smooth sauce, and season with salt and pepper to your taste. Refrigerate to blend flavors, at least 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning once more just before serving. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.
  • Wrap each slab in two layers of aluminum foil, meaty side down, trying not to tear the foil on the bones. Crimp foil edges to seal packet. Return the ribs to indirect heat, close the lid, and cook for 1 hour.
  • Carefully unwrap ribs, they will be very steamy and hot. Return unwrapped ribs to the grill and place them on the hot side and close the lid. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side, lid up, watching so they don't burn.
  • Serve. Transfer ribs to a carving board, cut into individual ribs, and place on a clean platter. Serve ribs with mojo sauce on the side, allowing each guest to spoon sauce over ribs to their taste.

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Published On: 12/12/2013 Last Modified: 5/26/2021

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