Cayenne Cinnamon Ribs with Maple Glaze

A zesty Super Spice rub for ribs combines cinnamon, paprika and cayenne red pepper. This two-step cooking method for baby back ribs produces sweet-spicy ribs that are fall-of-the-bone tender.

Serves: Makes 8 servings.
10 mins Prep time 1 hr 10 mins Cook time
10 mins Prep time
1 hr 10 mins Cook time
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix brown sugar and spices in small bowl. Rub spice mixture onto both sides of ribs. Place ribs in single layer in foil-lined roasting pan. Cover with foil.

  • Bake 1 hour or until meat starts to pull away from bones.

  • Preheat grill to medium heat. Brush ribs with maple syrup. Grill ribs 3 to 5 minutes per side or until browned.

Cooking tip

Substitution Tip: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick® Crushed Red Pepper in place of the ground red pepper.

For Spicier Ribs: Increase McCormick® Ground Red Pepper to 1 teaspoon.

All Grilling Directions: Preheat grill to low heat. Rub ribs with spice mixture as directed. Wrap ribs with 2 to 3 layers of heavy duty aluminum foil, sealing ends tightly. Grill ribs 1 hour. Remove foil. Brush ribs with maple syrup. Grill ribs 3 to 5 minutes per side or until browned.

Make Ahead: Ribs may be baked 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Grill as directed, increased time to 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 343Calories: 343Cholesterol: 92mg
  • Sodium: 282mgProtein: 19g
  • Total Fat: 23gFiber: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g

Ratings & Reviews: 8

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  • Terea on 07/01/2014

    Will this work with beef ribs?

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  • SmokeJensen on 05/27/2014

    Have made these ribs twice now, once for myself and once for a European Championship soccer game get together, they were a hit with everyone, no leftovers, my friends daughter told me that I should enter a rib cookoff and I'd win. Like my Grandma used to say finger licking good.

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  • Dorothy on 10/06/2013

    These are amazing. Love the heat with cinnamon

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  • Elizabeth C. on 06/16/2013

    Our family of 6 loved these! Our youngest is 11 and the heat from the crushed red pepper was just right! Don't have a grill so just continued to make in the oven.

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  • Stephen on 06/15/2013


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  • Charlotte on 06/15/2013

    These r awesome recipes and so easy... tanks will definitely make alll. My family loves new dishes.

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  • Mosley on 06/20/2013

    No cayenne in recipe, is this a mistake? Not rating until I know...just took off grill, hope they're good:>). Oh, can't post unless I rate.

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  • Amanda on 06/18/2013

    Why is there no cayenne in te actual recipe?

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