Let us settle this once and for all that grilled pork ribs are one of the most amazing dishes out there. The sight of the fall-of-the-bone juicy ribs, the oozing melt-in-the-mouth fat, and the sizzle of the barbeque sauce- is enough to make anyone drool for just a bite of the delectable dish. So, to end your craving right here, we decided to bring out the best finger-licking recipe of grilled pork ribs.

 How to Cook Pork Ribs on the Grill?

Some people first tend to bake the pork ribs in the oven before finally bringing them out to grill in the open. But we decided to go all out and do the entire cooking on a grill outside. And guess what? We were super impressed with the results. What is even more interesting is the fact that it is supremely easy to grill pork ribs on a griller at any open space. 

You can start by rubbing the spices over the rib rack- a mix of cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chile powder, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander etc. Next step is to wrap the ribs in an aluminum foil and put it in direct medium heat over the grill for at least 1 hour. For this process, you can either use a charcoal grill or even a gas grill. The imperative factor here is that the temperature should be maintained at 350- 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

After this process, you just need to unwrap the foil, baste the ribs with barbeque sauce and grill it directly over the griller for 10-12 minutes for the super delicious, smoky, charred flavor that we all swoon over. Keep in mind to wait a few minutes when ribs are done and let the ribs rest for a while before you proceed to carve them. Below, we have explained this process in specific detail.

Spare Ribs v/s Baby Back Ribs

Spare Ribs are obtained from the belly of a pig while the Baby Back Ribs come from the loins. These are leaner and they cook faster, hence these are preferred for grilling. 

Recipe for Grilled Pork Ribs

 Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Resting Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: 6


 For the Dry Rub: 

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2 tablespoons


Kosher Salt

1 tablespoon


Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 tablespoon


Brown Sugar

1 tablespoon


Ancho Chile Powder

1 tablespoon


Ground Cumin

2 teaspoons


Ground Coriander

1 ½ teaspoons


Cayenne Pepper

¾ teaspoon

 For the Ribs: 

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Pork Baby Back Ribs (Around 2 ½ pound each)

2-3 racks


Handful of hickory wood chips (soaked for 30 minutes beforehand)

As needed


Barbeque Sauce

1 cup


Step 1: Place all of the dry rub ingredients in a bowl- paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, brown sugar, chile powder, cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper, and mix evenly.

Step 2: Take the racks of baby back ribs and meticulously remove the silver skin (if any present) from the back using a sharp knife.

Step 3: Coat each of the racks with the dry rub mix you just prepared. Layer it twice or thrice for better flavors.

Step 4: After rubbing the mix, wrap the racks tightly with 2 or 3 layers of aluminum foil. Also, make sure that the foil does not get torn from the ribs.

Step 5: Preheat a charcoal (or a gas grill) to a medium flame.

Step 6: Place the foiled sealed racks on the grill and let them grill on direct heat for over 1 hour. Ensure that the temperature is maintained between 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7: After an hour, take off the ribs from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes. Unwrap the aluminum foil and drain off the accumulated watery liquid.

Step 8: Prepare the grill once again by transferring the chips to the smoker box of a gas grill, or by scattering the coals in a charcoal grill.

Step 9: Return the pork ribs to the grill once again with the bone side down. Brush the barbeque sauce gently over the top back of the pork ribs.

Step 10: Let them grill for another 10-12 minutes until you can see the skin on the top charring a little bit. Flip it once, and baste a little on the other side as well.

Step 11: Take them off the grill and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving or carving.

Step 12: Voila! Your grilled pork ribs are ready to be savored. 

So here we have listed one of the most delicious recipes for one of the most delicious dishes. You can serve it for a Sunday dinner or savor it as a comfort food on your own. But no matter the occasion, the mouth-watering grilled pork ribs never fail to impress. Try out the recipe given above and let us know how much you like it in the comments below.