Grilled ribs are a classic and beloved dish that can be enjoyed all year round, but especially during the summer months when the weather is warm and the grill is fired up. However, getting perfectly grilled ribs can be a challenging task, even for experienced grill masters. It takes the right combination of preparation, seasoning, cooking time, and temperature to achieve tender, juicy, and flavorful ribs that will impress your family and friends.

In this article, we’ll share some tips and techniques that will help you achieve perfectly grilled ribs every time, as well as some mouthwatering recipes that will make your taste buds sing. Whether you prefer your ribs sweet and smoky or spicy and tangy, there’s a recipe here that’s sure to satisfy your cravings.

We’ll cover everything from selecting the right type of ribs and preparing them for the grill, to creating delicious rubs and marinades that will infuse your ribs with flavor. We’ll also explore various cooking methods, including slow and low cooking, and direct grilling, to help you achieve the perfect texture and tenderness.

So, get ready to fire up the grill, grab your tongs, and let’s dive into the world of perfectly grilled ribs. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a novice cook, these tips and recipes will help you create delicious and memorable meals that will have everyone asking for seconds.


Before we dive into the recipe, let’s first take a look at the ingredients you will need to prepare the perfect grilled ribs:

Preparing the Ribs

  1. The first step to preparing the perfect grilled ribs is to preheat your grill to 300˚F, with the coals or flames only under one half of the grill.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne (if using) to combine. This will be your spice rub.
  3. Place the rack of ribs on a large sheet tray and remove the membrane from the underside of the ribs. Rub the vegetable oil all over both sides of the ribs, then sprinkle evenly with the spice rub.
  4. Place the ribs on the sheet tray, with the curves of the bones facing down. Add the chicken stock and vinegar to the tray. Wrap the tray tightly with aluminum foil and place on the grill over the side with no coals/flame. Cook over indirect heat until the internal temperature of the ribs reads 180˚ to 190˚F, about 80 to 90 minutes.

Grilling the Ribs

  1. Increase the grill temperature to 375˚F and oil the grill grates well.
  2. Transfer the ribs directly over the grill grates and brush the tops with the BBQ sauce. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Carefully turn the ribs over and baste the other side with the BBQ sauce. Cover again and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Continue basting and turning the ribs until the BBQ sauce has created a sticky coating and the ribs are charred in spots, 10 to 20 minutes longer.
  5. Transfer the ribs to a cutting board, cut into pieces and serve.

Tips for the Perfect Grilled Ribs

  • For the best flavor, use a combination of hickory and applewood chips to smoke the ribs.
  • Removing the membrane from the underside of the ribs allows for the seasoning to penetrate the meat more effectively.
  • Be patient when smoking the ribs – low and slow is the key to achieving the perfect texture and flavor.


In conclusion, perfectly grilled ribs are a delicious and satisfying meal that can be enjoyed by everyone. With the right preparation, seasoning, and cooking techniques, you can achieve tender, juicy, and flavorful ribs that will impress your guests and have them coming back for more.

The key to perfectly grilled ribs is to take your time and pay attention to the details. From selecting the right cut of meat and preparing it properly, to choosing the right seasoning and cooking method, every step is important in achieving the best possible results.

Whether you prefer your ribs sweet and smoky, spicy and tangy, or somewhere in between, there are endless possibilities when it comes to seasoning and flavoring your ribs. And with a variety of cooking techniques to choose from, including slow and low cooking, and direct grilling, you can achieve the perfect texture and tenderness that you desire.

So, fire up the grill, grab your favorite beverage, and get ready to enjoy some perfectly grilled ribs. With the tips and recipes in this article, you’re sure to impress your family and friends with your grilling skills and create unforgettable meals that will have everyone asking for your secret recipe.

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Hi, I'm Ivy Cronin. I'm an editor at The Disney Chef and I love connecting people with their favorite foods. I've been working in the food industry for over six years now, and before that, I was a housewife. My husband is a chef and we have three children: two sons and one daughter. When we're not busy with work or family life, we travel as much as possible usually to Disney World! My favorite thing about working at The Disney Chef is getting to read all the amazing stories submitted by our readers. It's inspiring to see how many people are inspired by our recipes!


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