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Grilling ribs at home on your barbecue grill is something that you should try this weekend. It’s easy to make grilled ribs and they’ll come right off the bone, just like they would if you slow cooked them on a smoker.
Follow along to make this grilled ribs recipe on your gas or charcoal grill.
This is literally the only way I cook ribs now and they come out perfect every time. I even use a variation of this method when I make bacon wrapped ribs!
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?
No need to wait hours for your food to be ready, this recipe makes perfectly grilled ribs in just about an hour!
Grilled Ribs On The BBQ
There is no fancy recipe here, we’re simply making grilled ribs 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.
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.
Grilling BBQ Ribs
Preheat your grill to 350 degrees F. This is the temperature you should maintain throughout the entire rib grilling process.
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.
I have one and I LOVE IT!
PS: It’s easiest to light with one of these!
Follow the instructions for Gas Grilling below to complete your ribs.
Grilled Ribs on Gas Grill
Preheat your gas grill to 350 degrees F. and prepare your ribs. Remove the membrane if you wish, add a marinade to your ribs, or even a dry rub. Plain ribs are just fine here, too. Pre-marinated ribs work excellent as well!
Remove the ribs from the refrigerator at least 20 minutes prior to cooking.
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!
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!
How Long To Grill Ribs
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.
Your total cook time is about 60 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 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 60 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 and double-check your temperature.
That’s how to BBQ ribs on the grill, the right way!
Internal Temp For Ribs
The fat on pork ribs begins to break down at about 185-190 degrees. Cooking the ribs past this point helps to assure that the fat has rendered.
Without the fat rendering, the meat may not be as juicy, it might be a little chewy, and it won’t pull off the bone easily.
Measure the temperature by probing between the bones. Try to get directly between the bones in the thickest part of the ribs. Doing so will help you get an accurate reading.
The perfect internal temp for ribs is 203 to 205 degrees F. This temperature works regardless of your cooking method.
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
- 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
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