Grilled Ribs BBQ

Making grilled BBQ ribs just became easier with my foolproof recipe!

Raise your hand if you have ordered BBQ pork ribs. Raise your hand if you enjoy its spicy flavors and tender meat. Raise your hand if you will order pork ribs on the grill again. Raise your hand if you want to prepare it at home.

I bet the number of people raising their hands to prepare ribs on a pellet grill is quite low. How do I know it? Because cooking smoked BBQ ribs does not feel easy. It almost sounds like spending all the time in the kitchen, which does not interest many.

But what if I tell you of an easy barbeque ribs recipe you can prepare without exhausting yourself? Would you try my recipe and make sticky BBQ ribs in one and a half hours? If yes, I got your back.

I have been preparing smoking ribs on a pellet grill this way for a while now, and there is no going back. I cannot even think of trying other BBQ ribs on a grilling recipe because my family loves this one.

Excited to prepare ribs on the grill in foil? Keep reading to get the recipe.

How to make BBQ ribs on the grill. Instructions for gas and charcoal grills.

Delicious BBQ Ribs Recipe

I’m no expert at grilling pork. Honestly, I once found it as intimidating as you do it now. It’s just that there are too many steps involved before you can enjoy smoked beef short ribs on your plate.

But I gave it a try. Oh, boy! It was one of the best things I ever did because I never ordered delicious BBQ ribs from the restaurant again.

The juicy melt-in-your-mouth barbeque pork ribs are fall-of-the-bone delicious. I double up on the spices for a lip-smacking flavor, which leaves everyone wanting more.

Doesn’t it feel great when people love your cooking and ask you to prepare a dish they can’t stop praising? Of course, it does. And my pork ribs on the pellet grill is exactly that kind of recipe.

It won’t disappoint you. Your guests will be impressed with your cooking skill. If any of them asks for the recipe, feel free to share it (wink-wink).

Enough talking; let’s get to the recipe. Scroll down to learn the best way to grill ribs.

How to BBQ Ribs On The Grill

Steps to Prepare Smoking Ribs on a Pellet Grill

I know preparing pork ribs on a gas grill sounds like a challenge. That’s why I have divided the steps into different parts for you to understand them easily.

Step One:

First, take the pork ribs out of the refrigerator. Do it 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking so the ribs taste juicy and tender.

You can either remove the membrane or leave it. I have tried grilled ribs BBQ both ways- with skin and without skin. I love the ease of eating pork ribs with membrane left out, but I also enjoy the chewiness of smoked spare ribs with membrane left on.

If you wish to leave the membrane on, coat a layer of sauce for grilling. But if you remove the membrane, place the ribs on a plate. Take a sharp knife to remove the membrane from one end carefully. Use a paper towel for grip.

Slowly remove from one end to remove the membrane properly. Don’t panic if the membrane does not come off in one piece. Start removing the membrane from where it tears.

BBQ Ribs on Grill

Step Two:

Take a bowl to mix brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, and dry mustard. Keep the bowl aside.

Transfer ribs to a plate. Coat them with olive oil and the spice mixture you created earlier. Keep the ribs aside and prepare the grill.

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Step Three:

Preheat the grill to 350 F. If you use charcoal, preheat it as you normally do. Try maintaining the heat throughout the cooking session so the barbeque pork ribs come

out nice and juicy.

You can add wood pellets to your BBQ to get that extra flavoring. Then oil the grill grates and place the pork ribs upside down. Let it grill for about 40 minutes, then flip it for 15 minutes.

Finally, sauce both sides of the pork ribs and let it grill for a few more minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Gas Grill

Grill Ribs Over Charcoal

Set up for indirect cooking. Start your charcoal and allow it to turn white before proceeding.

If you have a thermometer, monitor for 350 degrees F.. Use a water pan (with water – or apple cider!) if you wish.

Cook over direct heat, use the indirect side if your coals begin to get too hot and char the ribs too quickly.

Setting up charcoal grill

Key Notes:

 Always grill the pork ribs with lids closed so the meat can become nice and tender.

  • If you are using a charcoal grill, set up an indirect heat so the ribs do not char too much.

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How to know if pork ribs are done?

Use a food thermometer to know whether pork ribs are done. Ribs with an internal temperature of 145 F are safe to eat. Cooking pork ribs at a higher temperature of 190 F maximizes their tenderness.

Don’t have a food thermometer? You can check the pork ribs for tenderness. If the meat is properly cooked, it should separate from the bone.

What to serve with grilled pork ribs?

Grilled pork ribs can be enjoyed with cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and other dishes.

Should I boil pork ribs before grilling?

Boiling pork ribs in the barbeque sauce before grilling makes the meat extra tender and flavorful.

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Preparation Time: 30 minutes 

Cooking Time: 1 hour 

Total Time: 1.5 hours 

Serving: 4 people 

Difficulty: Medium

Equipment to Make Pork Ribs on the Grill Charcoal

Ingredients for Cooking Ribs on Pellet Grill:

  • 1 rack of pork ribs 
  • ¼ cup brown sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons salt 
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika 
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder 
  • 1 tablespoon pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard 

Instructions to Make Grilled BBQ Pork Ribs:

  1. Remove ribs from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before grilling. Remove the membrane if you wish, slather with BBQ sauce, or rub.
  2. Preheat grill to 350 degrees F. — Charcoal users, preheat grill as you normally would for medium heat. Maintain heat throughout the entire cooking session. Optionally, add wood pellets to your BBQ tube for extra flavoring. 
  3. Oil the grill grates. 
  4. Place ribs bone side down. Grill for 35-45 minutes.
  5. Flip ribs and grill meat side down for 15 minutes.
  6. Sauce both sides of the ribs and cook for a few more minutes to char the sauce.
  7. The ideal internal temperature for the ribs is 203-205 degrees.

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Grill Ribs BBQ

Not many people try making grilled ribs BBQ at home because the preparation seems daunting. But I have brought the easiest and yummiest BBQ pork ribs recipe. Prepare and enjoy it with your fam!
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins


  • BBQ Grill
  • Mixing bowl


  • 1 Rack Pork Ribs Any variety pork ribs will work.
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar Choose your favorite BBQ sauce to check the list in my blog post to discover a new flavor!
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard


  • Remove ribs from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before grilling. Remove the membrane if you wish, slather with BBQ sauce, or rub.
  • Preheat grill to 350 degrees F. -- Charcoal users, preheat grill as you normally would for medium heat. Maintain heat throughout the entire cooking session. Optionally, add wood pellets to your BBQ tube for extra flavoring.
  • Oil the grill grates
  • Place ribs bone side down. Grill for 35-45 minutes
  • Flip ribs, grill meat side down for 15 minutes
  • Sauce both sides of the ribs and continue cooking a few minutes more to char the sauce
  • Ideal internal temperature for the ribs is 203-205 degrees



Grill the ribs with the lid closed, over direct heat.
Charcoal users - set up for indirect heat incase your ribs begin to char too much on the bottom. You can move the ribs to the indirect side if needed.
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $15
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    The absolute easiest way to BBQ ribs on the grill! I hope you enjoy grilling every chance you get. Please let me know how much you like this method of cooking ribs.

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