Hector has won first place twice with this recipe. These ribs are so popular with Hector's family and friends that he often serves them at backyard barbecues. Hector told us that the first thing he did upon recovering from an illness that put him in bed for six months was to cook these ribs in celebration of a cousin's daughter's first birthday. Lucky girl! We wish we could have teethed on these spicy ribs with a coconut accent when we were infants!
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, whisk well, and set aside.
Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, and set aside.
Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
Pat the ribs dry. Use a pastry brush to apply the slather. Wrap tightly in plastic or place in a 2-gallon zipper bag and refrigerate overnight.
Three hours before cooking time, remove the ribs from the refrigerator and rub with about 3 tablespoons of the rub.
Heat a cooker to 225 degrees. When the cooker is hot, place the ribs on the grate, cover, and cook for about 4 hours (5 hours for spare ribs), spritzing with coconut water every hour.
About 45 minutes before the ribs are done, slather with sauce. Slather with sauce again about 15 minutes before the ribs are done. When you can grasp 2 side-by-side ribs and easily pull them apart, remove the ribs from the cooker. Let them rest for 20 minutes before serving.