Ribs On The Grill (5 Easy Steps)

Are you looking for an easy-to-follow guide to grilling ribs? 

You’re in the right place!

In this TheGrillingDad.com guide, you’ll learn:

  • Ingredients you’ll need
  • How to trim the ribs
  • How to make juicy ribs on the grill in just 4 hours
  • And much more!
ribs on the grill

If you have a craving for ribs on the grill but don’t have the time to dedicate to it, this recipe is a lifesaver.

It cuts the time down for ribs on the grill so you’ll have the perfect grilled ribs in no time.

If you have time and want more of that smokey flavor, try our 3 2 1 Ribs Recipe.

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Pork Ribs on the Grill

Looking for a tasty grilled rib recipe that goes from the fridge to your plate in just 4 hours?

Look no further.

The secret to a quicker grilling time in this recipe starts with cooking at a higher temperature as well as some time wrapped in foil and smothered in braising liquids and butter.

Whether you prefer them saucy and tangy or simple and to the point, this recipe is perfect for all taste buds.

Read More >> How To Reheat Ribs Without Drying Them Out

Cooking Ribs on the Grill

While you won’t get the smoke ring you would for a traditional grilled rib, these ribs are just as tasty.

The rub and braise used in this recipe cook a delicious, pork flavor into the ribs, leaving them falling off the bone.

You’ll also get that crunchy chew on the edges that many rib enthusiasts love, thanks to the rub, sauce, and braising liquids coating the ribs in caramelized sugars.

Read More >> Spare Ribs vs Baby Back Ribs – What’s the difference?

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Ingredients for Making Ribs on the Grill

This recipe uses pretty basic ingredients that you may already have in your fridge or pantry!

  • 1 rack of St. Louis pork ribs- You can also use baby back ribs if you prefer them. They will cook even faster so they are ideal if you’re really in a time crunch!
  • 2 tablespoons rib rub- Grab your favorite rib rub!
  • 1 cup apple cider- Brand and variety doesn’t matter since it all gets the job done
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar- Make sure to grab dark brown sugar for that sweet molasses! You won’t get the same effect with light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce- Again, grab your favorite BBQ sauce here. Something sweet and smokey usually does the trick!

Read More >> Top 5 Best Dry Rubs for Ribs (2021 Review)

How to Cook Ribs on the Grill (5 Easy Steps)

  1. Preheating
  2. Trim the Ribs
  3. Grill ’em
  4. Prepare the Braise
  5. Finish Grilling

1. Preheating

Your grill should be set around 300 degrees. It is recommended to use fruit woods for this recipe, since they add a sweet touch to the ribs.

Don’t have any? No problem. Just skip the wood this time around.

Read More >> Top 3 Best Woods For Smoking Ribs (2021 Review)

2. Trim the Ribs

Next, you want to start preparing your ribs by trimming away excess fat and the membrane on the back of the ribs. Season with your desired rib rub.

3. Grill ‘em

Put the ribs right on the grill grates and grill for 2 ½ hours at 300 degrees.

4. Prepare the Braise

After the initial grilling time, place a large piece of aluminum foil on a flat surface and put the ribs bone side up on it.

Fold the corners to create pockets around the ribs to contain the braise.

Here you’ll want to put the brown sugar and butter on the ribs, then pour on the apple cider.

Close the foil around the ribs tightly and place back on the grill at 300 degrees for another hour.

5. Finish Grilling

After the hour in the braise, remove the ribs from the foil and place back on the grill grates.

Brush your favorite BBQ sauce onto the ribs and grill them for another 15 minutes to set the sauce.

Once the time is up, remove them from the grill and allow the ribs to sit for another 10-15 minutes.

Now you’re ready to enjoy some delicious ribs on the grill!

ribs on the grill

Ribs on the Grill

If you have a craving for ribs on the grill but don’t have the time to dedicate to it, this recipe is a lifesaver.
It cuts the time down for ribs on the grill so you’ll have the perfect grilled ribs in no time.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, pork, quick, rib
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 229kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 rack Ribs Spare or baby back ribs
  • 2 tbsp Rib Rub
  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar dark brown
  • 2 tbsp Butter salted
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  • Your grill should be set around 300 degrees. It is recommended to use fruit woods for this recipe, since they add a sweet touch to the ribs.
    Don't have any? No problem. Just skip the wood this time around.
  • Next, you want to start preparing your ribs by trimming away excess fat and the membrane on the back of the ribs. Season with your desired rib rub.
  • Put the ribs right on the grill grates and grill for 2 ½ hours at 300 degrees.
  • After the initial grilling time, place a large piece of aluminum foil on a flat surface and put the ribs bone side up on it.
    Fold the corners to create pockets around the ribs to contain the braise.
    Here you’ll want to put the brown sugar and butter on the ribs, then pour on the apple cider.
    Close the foil around the ribs tightly and place back on the grill at 300 degrees for another hour.
  • After the hour in the braise, remove the ribs from the foil and place back on the grill grates.
    Brush your favorite BBQ sauce onto the ribs and grill them for another 15 minutes to set the sauce.
    Once the time is up, remove them from the grill and allow the ribs to sit for another 10-15 minutes.
    Now you’re ready to enjoy some delicious ribs on the grill!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1174mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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