This recipe is a tribute to Tiki Pop Culture… the phenomena that started in the early 50’s and has never really quite ended. In fact, its making an exciting resurgence!

Tiki Pop Culture was simply about escapism. The days when the average Joe came home from a hard week at work and needed a way to escape and let loose. What better way than a backyard luau! Friends, family and neighbors join in for a barbecue, some south island decor… including tiki torches… and some exotic drink such as a Mai Tai.

Polynesian ribs celebrate this classic American era and are also inspired by the timeless South Seas tradition of roasting a pig in a fire-pit and wrapping it in banana leaves with several other ingredients to add flavor. For this recipe, you’ll conjure up your own BBQ sauce for that tropical flavor. It’s sweet flavor tells a tropical tale all its own. Time to escape!!!


4 lbs. pork ribs

2 tbsp. cornstarch

1 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. celery salt

8 oz. can crushed pineapple & juice

1/4 c. minced onion or 1 sm.

1/2 c. water chestnuts

Peel & juice of 1 orange

1/2 c. water

1/3 c. dry sherry

1/4 c. soy sauce

2 tbsp. Worcestershire

Dash of hot sauce


Grill ribs at a low heat for 1 hour (about 375 degrees… do not sear the ribs). Turn the ribs every 15 minutes to ensure they cook evenly. Mix all other ingredients and heat until thick over medium heat. Remove ribs after 1 hour and place into a pan. Pour sauce over ribs and place foil over top. Grill for an additional 1/2 hour at about 350 degrees then remove foil and brown.


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