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Best BBQ Ribs Recipe

Baby Back Ribs Recipe, BBQ Beef Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs Recipes

bbq ribs recipe

Enjoy our best bbq ribs recipe for grilled baby back ribs, tender bbq beef ribs, and our easy barbecue pork spare ribs. These recipes and how-to tips will help you grill bbq pork and beef ribs to make them fall-off-the-bone-good.

Best Barbecue Ribs Recipes

Grab your rib bibs and get ready for some mighty tender, lip-smackin' good bbq ribs!

BBQ Pork Ribs Recipes

BBQ Pork Spare Ribs Recipe

Sweet and sour barbecue pork ribs grilled low and slow with beer, honey, mustard, and garlic.

Chinese Barbecue Spare Rib Recipe

Barbeque pork ribs with honey, garlic, and a homemade Chinese five-spice powder topped-off with a basting of ginger beer.

Country Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Quick n easy bbq ribs recipe for country style pork spare ribs with just a few seasonings and your favorite BBQ sauce.

BBQ Pork Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Sweet baby back pork ribs with honey. Sweet n sour pork baby back ribs with onions and garlic.

BBQ Pork Rib Rubs, Marinades, and Sauces

Homemade BBQ rib rubs, marinades, and sauces to make your next BBQ a blow-out!

BBQ Beef Ribs Recipes

BBQ Beef Short Ribs Recipes

Barbecued country style with all the fixings, and braised short ribs of beef with a bloody mary mix, garlic, onions, and red wine.

BBQ Beef Back Ribs Recipe

BBQ ribs recipe for barbecue beef baby back ribs hot off the grill in only 1 hour slathered with our homemade, better-than-bottled barbecue sauce.

Korean BBQ Beef Ribs Recipe

Spiced with traditional Korean seasonings, these barbecued beef ribs come together quickly and come off the grill sizzling hot in just minutes.

BBQ Beef Rib Rub Recipes

Homemade BBQ rib rubs meant to compliment beef.

BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipes

Easy Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

Easy recipe for tender barbeque baby back ribs marinated in some Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce and hot off the grill in only 1 hour.

BBQ Pork Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Sweet baby back pork ribs with honey. Sweet n sour pork baby back ribs with onions and garlic.

BBQ Beef Back Ribs Recipe

Barbecue beef baby back ribs hot off the grill in only 1 hour slathered with our homemade, better-than-bottled barbecue sauce.

BBQ Baby Back Rib Rub Recipes

Homemade baby back rib rub recipes to compliment all your barbecue beef and pork baby back ribs.

How To BBQ Ribs
Grilling Instructions

Cooking baby back ribs, beef short ribs, or pork spare ribs is really a labor of love for your friends and family.

Most BBQ ribs recipes aren't hard to make but barbecuing ribs to perfection can take up to 5 hours. We'll show you the "low and slow" method and also how to bbq ribs in just 1 hour.

Basic BBQ Ribs Recipe Ingredients

  • Rack of Beef or Pork Ribs
    (plan on 1 lb per person)

  • BBQ Rib Rub (store bought, or homemade)

  • Mopping Sauce

  • The process of keeping the ribs moist over the long grilling period is called "mopping". To do this, periodically spray them with liquid (apple juice, beer, water). And/or brush on a basting sauce.

    A popular mopping technique is to place the ribs on the upper rack of your grill with a drip pan on the lower rack filled with liquid (apple juice, beer, etc.)

    If you lack an upper rack on your grill, you can place a mini-rack on top of a drip pan. Just make sure it's big enough to hold your ribs.

    This way you can use the drippings from the ribs to baste them with their own juices during the grilling process, and the steam from the liquid in the drip pan helps keep everything moist.

  • BBQ Sauce
    (store bought, or homemade)

    Grill Prep and Tools for
    BBQ Ribs

  • Meat cleaver (or sharp knife)

  • Spray bottle of apple cider vinegar

  • Charcoal

  • Charcoal Chimney Starter
    (Skip if using quick method or gas grill)

  • Heavy-duty heat resistant gloves
    (for handling chimney starter, skip if using quick method or gas grill)

  • Wood Chips
    (optional: hickory, apple, maple, mesquite)

  • Grilling Tongs

  • Grill Thermometer

  • Basting Brush for Sauce

  • Grill-safe baster and drip-pan (optional if using drip-method for basting, see under ingredients: mopping sauce)

  • Instant-read meat thermometer
  • How to BBQ Ribs
    Low and Slow Method

    1. Every bbq ribs recipe should begin with removing the membrane, cutting-off excess fat, and trimming the end points.

    Grilling Tip:
    You want to remove the membrane so that your barbecue rib rub and sauce are sure to seep down into the meat.

    To remove the membrane use a sharp knife at one end of the rib rack and cut away the membrane from the meat. It's slippery, so use a paper towel to get a grip on the membrane and then pull it off the rest of the way.

    2. Lightly spray rib racks with apple cider vinegar. This will tenderize the meat and open up its pores so that your bbq spices and sauce will soak in thoroughly.

    3. Coat ribs generously with barbecue rub. For easier handling, use a meat cleaver or sharp knife to shorten the rack of ribs by splitting it in half.

    4. Prepare your grill for high heat (500 degrees F) by filling a charcoal chimney starter completely full. Once pre-burned, pour coals onto one side of the grill.

    Grilling Tip:
    For this low and slow method bbq ribs recipe, plan on going through about 1 1/2 chimneys of charcoal (lasts up to 5 hours).

    5. Clean grate.

    6. Barbeque ribs over direct heat, uncovered, for about 2 - 3 minutes per side. This will sear the ribs to seal in flavor and moisture. Now move the ribs to indirect heat (the other side of your grill where there are no coals) and stack them on top of each other.

    Grilling Tip:
    Stacking your bbq ribs helps to keep them moist while grilling and naturally bastes them in their own juices.

    7. Add a handful of wood chips to the coals. Place a grill thermometer on the grate or through one of the vents in the lid. Cover the grill and adjust the vents until the internal grill temperature reaches 225 - 275 degrees F.

    Grilling Tip:
    Temperature is extremely important when it comes to grilling ribs on the barbeque. Don't guess, use a thermometer. You want to keep the temperature as constant as possible, between 225 - 275 degrees F.

    You can maintain the right temperature by checking your grill thermometer frequently, adding charcoal as necessary, and adjusting the grill vents accordingly: opening them up will increase cooking temperature while closing them decreases it.

    When adding coal, NEVER use unburned coal! Always pre-burn them first in a charcoal chimney.

    8. Continue grilling ribs, covered, for about 3 - 5 hours depending on the amount of ribs you're grilling. Every 30 minutes, apply mopping sauce (see options under ingredients) and restack ribs so the bottom ones are on the top and the top ones are on the bottom. They are done when and instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ribs registers about 155 degrees F.

    If you're using wood chips, throw a handful of chips in as necessary (about every hour).

    Grilling Tip:
    You only want to use enough wood chips so you can see some light smoke escaping through the vents. You don't want thick smoke pouring out or you will ruin the ribs with an overly-smoked flavor.

    Wrapping the wood chips in aluminum foil with some holes poked in the bottom will prevent them from burning down too quickly but still lend your bbq ribs that great smokey flavor.

    9. The last 15 minutes of grilling, use a basting brush to apply your favorite BBQ sauce to the ribs. You don't want to do this step any sooner because the BBQ sauce will burn.

    10. Just before removing your ribs from the grill, brush on some more bbq sauce and place them over direct heat. Grill each side to caramelize the bbq sauce and add a little char to the edges. Now comes the best part, eating your perfectly grilled bbq ribs with family and friends.

    BBQ Ribs Recipe
    Quick Grilling Method

    "Low and Slow" is not always the way to go, especially if you're pressed for time. Here is a way to speed up the cooking process but still turn out moist and tender grilled BBQ ribs.

    1. If you barbecue ribs fast they can turn out tough instead of tender. To compensate for this, prepare them ahead of time with a marinade or rub and refrigerate 6 - 24 hours before grilling. This will tenderize the meat and make-up for less time on the grill.

    2. Follow steps 1 - 6 under low and slow method.

    The only exception to steps 1 - 6 is that you don't have to use a charcoal chimney because one round of coals is plenty for this quick method.

    3. Instead of a grill temperature of 225 - 275 degrees F, adjust vents to maintain a temperature of 300 - 325 degrees F.

    4. Follow steps 8 - 10 under low and slow method.

    The only difference here is that the grilling time is 2 hours instead of 5. If you want grilled bbq ribs in 1 hour then maintain a grilling temperature of 350 degrees F; it also helps to wrap them in foil. They are done when and instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ribs registers about 155 degrees F.

    Now if you use this quick method for your bbq ribs recipe, your meat won't have that same deep, rich, smokey flavor that the low and slow method provides but they will still be moist, tender, and mighty tasty!

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