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Today we’re talking about how to BBQ ribs on the grill. If you’ve ever wondered how to make ribs on the barbecue grill, it’s real easy to do!

I’m going to share my tried and true method for making delicious, juicy ribs right on your gas or charcoal grill at home. This is literally the only way I cook ribs now! They come out perfect every time! I even use a variation of this method when I make bacon wrapped ribs!

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

There’s no reason to be intimidated by grilling ribs. I was a little standoffish the first few times I tried cooking them this way. But not anymore.

After all, the 3-2-1 method has been around for ages and everyone will tell you that’s the best way to cook ribs.

But what if you want to make them quickly, and not spend hours tending them?

OH YES. You don’t need to spend hours cooking ribs on the grill. Want awesome BBQ ribs in 1 hour or less? Follow along…

How to BBQ Ribs On The Grill

How To Make BBQ Ribs On The Grill

There is no fancy recipe here. We’re simply explaining how to grill ribs fast on your barbecue and have them come out tender, juicy, and just about ready to fall off the bone. A little tug and the bone is stripped clean!

If you’d like some of my funky and delicious BBQ sauce recipes, head on down to the bottom of the page and find a list of goodies just before the recipe card.

BBQ Ribs on Grill

Prepare The Ribs

Regardless of what kind of pork ribs you get, you’ll BBQ them the same way.

Membrane On or Membrane Off?

Great question! Removing the membrane for some people is “a necessity”, while for me, it’s not so important. I actually like the crunchy little membrane bits on the backside of the ribs.

It truly is a personal preference!

Removing the Membrane

While it’s a personal preference, you can remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. It’s not easy, but not too tough either.

Simply get an edge of a knife under one side of the membrane and use a paper towel to grip it. Pull from one end to the other until the membrane is removed.

The paper towel DOES HELP! It gives you the grip you need to yank the membrane off. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come off in one piece, simply restart where it tears and continue the removal process.

Add Sauce or Rub

Slather the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce. Need inspiration for creating your own sauce? Check out my recipes further down the page.

Allow your ribs to rest for about 30 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature.

Bud Light Lime Beer BBQ Sauce Recipe

Grilling BBQ Ribs

Preheat your grill to 350 degrees F. This is the temperature you should maintain throughout the entire rib grilling process.

Gas Grill

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., the same as on the gas grill. 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

Optional: Use a BBQ tube and wood flavor pellets to create additional amazing flavors! I have one and I LOVE IT!

PS: It’s easiest to light with one of these!

Amaz-N Wood Flavor Pellet Tube for BBQ Grills

BBQ Ribs On The Grill

Here’s where it gets really easy. Now that you have your ribs sauced, BBQ pellets going, and grill preheated, it’s time to cook the ribs!

Grilling baby back ribs bone side down on BBQ

Note: Charcoal users, you may have to refresh your charcoal to maintain the heat. Using a grill grate thermometer will help.

I have one of these thermometers to measure meat and grill temps at the same time!

St. Louis Style ribs on BBQ grill

Place the ribs bone side down over the direct heat and close the lid! Set your timer for 35-45 minutes.

Once the 45 minutes is up, flip the ribs so that the meat side is down. Cook them meat side down for 15 minutes.

As I said, it doesn’t matter what kind of ribs you have. Baby back, St. Louis style, they all cook the same when you do it this way! Simply maintain that 350 degrees and you’re good to go!

After the 45 minutes to 1 hour of grilling, your ribs should be right around 203 degrees F. internal temperature. Ideally, they’ll get to 205 degrees F. but 203 is perfectly acceptable!

After the 15 minutes is up, sauce the ribs again and crank the heat to high (charcoal, no need to do anything just let it roll!). Char up the BBQ sauce on each side for a few minutes more and double-check your temperature. 

Saucing ribs and cooking on BBQ grill

That’s how to BBQ ribs on the grill, the right way!

BBQ Ribs Temperature

The idea temperature for grilled ribs is 203 to 205 degrees F. You can measure the temperature by probing between the bones. Try to get directly between the bones of the thickest part of the ribs. Doing so will help you get an accurate reading. 

The fat begins to break down at about 185-190 degrees, pushing it to 205 degrees assure that the fat has rendered and the meat will pull off the bone easily!

You’ll find that these ribs are so juicy, tender, and nearly fall off the bone. They’re perfect for summer backyard barbecues!

BBQ Sauce Recipes

How to BBQ ribs on the grill. Make juicy and delicious ribs on your barbecue grill.

BBQ Ribs on Grill
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How To BBQ Ribs On The Grill

Learn how to make BBQ ribs on the grill the easy way. It takes about an hour to grill the ribs, and they'll come out juicy, tender, and nearly falling off the bone!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $15


  • BBQ Grill


  • 1 Rack Pork Ribs Any variety pork ribs will work.
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce or Rub Choose your favorite BBQ sauce to check the list in my blog post to discover a new flavor!


  • Remove ribs from refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to grilling. Remove 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 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.

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