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How to Make the Perfect Grilled BBQ Ribs

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My husband and I both love grilling a lot. In fact, one summer, that is all we did. We grilled everything.

That is how we came up with the perfect Grilled BBQ Ribs recipe.

With Labor Day upon us, I thought I would share with you how easy it is to make those delicious fall-off-the-bone ribs that everyone talks about.

While I have my way of making them, my husband has his way too. This time around, we combined both of our ways and let me just tell you — these ribs were pure perfection.

We started by picking up a couple of slabs of Smithfield® Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs at Food Lion one day. They had a great sale and we had a $1.00 off coupon to use also.

I really love the Smithfield ribs because they contain no artificial ingredients and they are enhanced to be as juicy and tender as possible, so no matter what level of experience you have in the kitchen or behind the grill, your ribs will always impress those you invite over for dinner.

How to Create the Perfect Grilled BBQ Ribs

Okay — so here is how we made our ribs turn out to pure perfection.

First — when you remove your ribs from the pack, pat them dry. Then flip them over and remove that thin membrane that is on the back. Just start peeling — you will see it. It peels off easily. Removing this will help your ribs cook better.

Now, from this point, you can sprinkle on a delicious dry rub. This is my favorite that I create at home with pantry ingredients.

Now — on my portion of this recipe, I slow roast these in the oven for about an hour and a half. This ensures that when they go on the grill they will be tender and juicy when they come off.

I wrap in foil and put them in the oven.

Once they come off, my husband fires up the grill and unwraps them and places them on the hot coals. As they are on the grill, we baste them with bbq sauce and as it cooks, the sauce caramelizes and creates this amazing delicious, crunchy crust.

You can cut them up to make them cook faster, or you can leave them in a long slab. We do it both ways. Some people in our home like to have a huge slab for themselves, and then some, like my daughter like to have them in smaller portions.

Once they come off the grill, allow them to rest for a few minutes. This will help the juices redistribute and ensure you have the most succulent ribs you have ever placed in your mouth.

I serve these ribs with a side of my homemade mac and cheese and coleslaw.

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Yield: 2 slabs

How to Make the Perfect Grilled BBQ Ribs

How to Make the Perfect Grilled BBQ Ribs

These grilled bbq ribs are tender and the meat just falls right off the bone.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 2 seconds
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes 2 seconds


  • 2 racks of ribs
  • dry rub
  • favorite bottle of bbq sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Remove the wrapper from ribs. Turn ribs over and remove the thin membrane from the back.
  3. Lay the ribs on a large piece of aluminum foil (one piece per rack).
  4. Season liberally with a dry rub on both sides. Wrap the ribs up and place them on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for an hour and a half.
  6. Remove from the oven and unwrap the ribs.
  7. Fire up your grill and place the ribs on the grill. Baste with your favorite bbq sauce making sure to flip ribs every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the grill and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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Monday 27th of June 2022

Does this work for beef short ribs too?

Jennifer Sikora

Tuesday 28th of June 2022

Yes. It does.


Sunday 13th of December 2020

How long on the grill? What oven temp?

Jennifer Sikora

Sunday 13th of December 2020

I place them in a 300 degree oven for two hours. Then, I place them on the grill for about 30 minutes. Sorry about that. This recipe will be updated soon with new photos and better directions.

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