grilled sweet and spicy rib meat quesadillas

These grilled sweet and spicy rib meat quesadillas will have you skipping your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant and grilling at home instead. #SmithfieldGetGrilling #IC #AD
We like Tex-Mex and Mexican food a lot, but despite this we have not learned/tried to learn how to cook any of it. We've been trying to remedy this... and drum roll please. We now plan on making grilled sweet and spicy rib meat quesadillas again! | via The Spirited Violet

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We spent our Memorial Day grilling Smithfieldยฎ meats and we have found them extremely high quality every time we have used them.  I went to Food Lion and picked up these Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs for this recipe and reminded myself something I keep asking myself as an adult.  Namely, why do we hesitate to treat ourselves to nice food at grocery stores when it is so much nicer and cheaper than food we would buy at a restaurant???  We absolutely love ribs and if we had bought these from a restaurant, we would have waited in line, ordered, and waited for our food for the same amount as time as it took us to assemble this recipe; additionally, we would have paid at least twice the price.

Lesson learned: we’re treating ourselves to better and higher quality food like this from the grocery store more often.  Please invite yourself over to our house to give us an opportunity to cook more too ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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grilled sweet and spicy rib meat quesadillas
Serves 8
An easy to make quesadilla recipe that will have you skipping your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant this weekend!
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DRY RUB
  1. 1 Tablespoon of cumin
  2. 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon of red pepper
  4. 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon of paprika
  6. 1 teaspoon of Asian hot chili sauce/ hot sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  8. 4 tablespoons of olive oil
MEAT
  1. Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs (we had 13 in our package)
QUESADILLAS FILLINGS
  1. 1 can of corn (drained)
  2. 1 can of black beans (drained)
  3. 1 can of diced tomatoes with chillis
  4. 1 onion (diced)
  5. 4 cups of shredded cheese
  6. 8 corn tortillas
COOKING THE RIB MEAT
  1. Mix all of the dry rub ingredients into a bowl together
  2. Apply the rub to entire rack of ribs
  3. Heat one of the burners until the grill reaches 300 degrees F
  4. Cook ribs indirect heat, bone side down, for 1 hour
  5. Don't open the grill until the hour is finished
COOKING THE QUESADILLA FILLING
  1. While the meat is grilling, chop an onion and saute it in a pan
  2. Dump the drained cans of corn and black beans into the pan with the onions when the onions are translucent
  3. Dump the can of diced tomatoes and chili with the liquid still into the sauteing pan
  4. Cook the mixture until the diced tomato and chili liquid is absorbed
MAKING THE QUESADILLA
  1. After the rib meat is finished, debone the meat ribs and cut it into small pieces
  2. Take a tortilla and fill half of it with quesadilla filling (drain the juice so the tortilla doesn't get soggy)
  3. Place rib meat into the quesadilla with shredded cheese as desired and fold the tortilla in half
  4. Grill the quesadillas on the top rack of the grill for 5 minutes a side
  5. When the quesadillas are finished, sprinkle cheese as desired on top.
Notes
  1. We used a ratio of 1.5 ribs worth of meat per quesadilla.
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We’re looking forward to making the rest of the leftovers from this to make more grilled sweet and spice rib meat quesadillas.  Admittedly, while I was taking the photos I already had one of the slices because “I just wanted to sample it again.”  I know you’ll feel the same way once you cook this recipe up!  As a bonus, Smithfield is offering a $1 off coupon for their yummy ribs at Food Lion; I highly recommend these ribsto be included in your Labor Day menu.

What are you cooking up for Labor Day Weekend?  Do you have any fun plans?  You know what we will be eating ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    These quesadillas look amazing! I’m totally trying this soon!

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    These quesadillas look amazing! I’m totally trying this soon!

  • We love Mexican food in this home, and quesadillas are one of my go-tos for a quick meal! I usually make mine with marinated chicken, I’m not the biggest fan of pork, though if it’s cooked just right, I know it can be yummy!

    • I like pork a lot, but beef is probably my favorite. I have a hard time touching chicken (lame, I know) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

  • We love Mexican food in this home, and quesadillas are one of my go-tos for a quick meal! I usually make mine with marinated chicken, I’m not the biggest fan of pork, though if it’s cooked just right, I know it can be yummy!

    • I like pork a lot, but beef is probably my favorite. I have a hard time touching chicken (lame, I know) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

  • Rachel Ritlop

    These seriously sound so good! I want like 5 of them!

  • Rachel Ritlop

    These seriously sound so good! I want like 5 of them!

  • I wasn’t very hungry before but now I’m starving! Wish I could reach through the computer and grab these!

  • I wasn’t very hungry before but now I’m starving! Wish I could reach through the computer and grab these!

  • Being a vegetarian, I can definitely try this without the meat and everything! It would still taste great! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You could grill up some diced sweet potatoes with the rest of the filling for the quesadillas and a pinch of the rub mixture! We love sweet potatoes as a meat substitute ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜.

  • Being a vegetarian, I can definitely try this without the meat and everything! It would still taste great! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You could grill up some diced sweet potatoes with the rest of the filling for the quesadillas and a pinch of the rub mixture! We love sweet potatoes as a meat substitute ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜.

  • Quesadillas are my fave and these look absolutely delicious! I’m definitely going to try them out!

  • Quesadillas are my fave and these look absolutely delicious! I’m definitely going to try them out!

  • Omg these look SO good!! I LOVE a good quesadilla, so I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing such an easy to follow recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • These are definitely my go-to now!!! I’m always a huge fan of simple recipes and I hope you love them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Omg these look SO good!! I LOVE a good quesadilla, so I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing such an easy to follow recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • These are definitely my go-to now!!! I’m always a huge fan of simple recipes and I hope you love them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda

    Yum! I can’t wait to try that rib recipe!! Eric will be very grateful lol!!

  • Yum! I can’t wait to try that rib recipe!! Eric will be very grateful lol!!

  • HOLY MOLY! This looks delicious. My boyfriend would love this.

  • HOLY MOLY! This looks delicious. My boyfriend would love this.