How to Grill Tender Ribs

Grilling delicious ribs that are tender, juicy and fall of the bone are no doubt the most rewarding BBQ item for an outdoor dinner or potluck. However, this recipe is time consuming and you need to be really careful about the marination and grilling time.

Ideally grilled tender ribs need at least 24 hours marination and then 3 to 4 hours of cooking on low heat. However, there are a few shortcuts that you can use to make equally tasty, succulent and tender ribs but in relatively less time.

Prep time: 20 to 30 min plus overnight marination
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 30 min
Yields: 8 – 10 Servings
Utensils: Oven, Basting brush or barbecue mop, Barbecue tongs, cutting board, sharp meat knife, serving dish, a large baking tray.

Ribs: 1/2 kg
Dry rib rub: 1 packet
Barbecue sauce: 1 cup


  • 1

    Buy some ribs from the nearest meat shop. Beef ribs are traditionally used for barbecuing, and a black angus is always a safe bet. It’s better to have your ribs cut in the St. Louis Style.

  • 2

    Buy a good quality rib rub of your favourite flavour. Also purchase a BBQ sauce that complements the flavour of your rub.

  • 3

    Thoroughly wash the ribs with cold tap water.

  • 4

    Turn the ribs over, so that the curved side is facing you. Remove the thin membrane on the inner side of the ribs completely. Removing membrane may take a little more effort, but it will pay off in the end.

  • 5

    Sprinkle the rib rub and pat it into the ribs.

  • 6

    Tightly wrap the ribs in an aluminium foil sheet (better use a double layer), and place in the refrigerator overnight.

  • 7

    Remove the ribs from the fridge. Discard the foil and place the ribs in a large baking tray. Make sure the ribs are lying flat on the pan.

  • 8

    Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 8 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • 9

    After removing the ribs from the oven, place them on a preheated grill.

  • 10

    Once on grill, brush the ribs generously with the BBQ sauce.

  • 11

    Grill until the barbecue sauce has penetrated into the ribs.

  • 12

    Your heavenly tender and sumptuous ribs are ready; serve hot with your favourite sauce or dip.

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