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Moist, mouthwatering, fall-off-the bone ribs made directly on the grill. No oven or pressure cooker required! These finger licking good, grilled bbq ribs are easy and delicious when you follow this simple step-by-step recipe how to make ribs on the grill.
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Why not – so much delicious grilling food…. I could go there! 😀
Ok… so today we’re talking ribs. But unlike my earlier post starting the ribs in your pressure cooker, these ribs are made entirely on the grill. That’s right, no oven, no pressure cooker… no problem!
Yes, you heard me right these ribs are cooked entirely on the grill. It’s super easy to do, the hardest part is waiting for them to be done!
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Follow these step-by-step directions how to make ribs on the grill
- Start with a large sheet pan. Tear off two large pieces of heavy duty tin foil, place one on the pan. Set the remaining piece of foil aside.
- Remove the ribs from the packaging. Blot with a paper towel.
- Drizzle olive oil lightly over the ribs, rub with your hands to make sure the ribs are coated.
- Sprinkle generously with sweet dry rub a couple tablespoons per side.
- Cover with the second piece of foil and seal well.
- Return the ribs to the refrigerator. The rub can remain on the ribs for 4 to 24 hours.
- Remove the ribs from the fridge and allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes
- Preheat the grill to 325 degrees.
- Add the sheet pan topped with ribs right to the top of the grill.
- Don’t open the grill, just monitor the temperature. Keep it between 325-350. Cook for 2 hours.
- Open and remove the ribs. Take them out of the foil and finish them on the grill.
- Slather each side with sauce (you can find my sweet plumb bbq sauce here!) and cook to sear the sauce, only about 5 minutes per side.
- Remove and allow to rest. Slice the ribs. I like to mop with additional sauce, serve and enjoy!
If you don’t have a gas grill this can certainly be done on a charcoal grill, just cover and monitor the heat with a heat thermometer.
Check out the picture above. See how those ribs are pulling off the bone? That’s what happens with this cooking process. They are absolutely fall off the bone tender, moist and delicious!
How to make ribs on the grill grocery list
What if you’re camping and want to enjoy grilled ribs? That’s easy too!
- Season the ribs with dry rub and wrap the ribs in foil before leaving the house.
- Toss it right on the grill, indirect heat and cover with a large aluminum bowl. The bowl will mimic the oven and keep the temperature constant.
- Remove from foil, slather with sauce and finish on the hot side of the grill. Remember the ribs are cooked at this point, you just need to sear on the sauce.
How to make ribs on the grill essential tools
- heavy duty aluminum foil
- large aluminum sheet pan (I have an old sheet pan I’ve set aside for using on the grill)
- a couple large spatulas for flipping the ribs
I hope you found these instructions help and you’ll be making fall off the bone tender ribs at home in no time! If you love this meal as much as I do, be sure to leave a five star rating below! Also, I love it when you tag me Instagram with pictures of my recipes!
Another great rib recipe? Be sure to try this Barbecue Pork Ribs recipe, t’s amazing!
How to make ribs on the grill
How to make ribs on the grill
Make your own fall off the bone tender ribs at home like a pro! You'll love how easy this recipe AND how delicious!
- 1 rack baby back ribs
- 4 tbsp sweet rib rub
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
Start with a large sheet pan. Tear off two large large pieces of heavy duty tin foil, place one on the pan set the remaining piece aside.
Remove the ribs from the packaging. Blot with a paper towel. Drizzle olive oil lightly over the ribs, rub with your hands to make sure the ribs are coated.
Sprinkle generously with sweet dry rub a couple tablespoons per side. Be sure to hit all the nooks and crannies and rub it in well.
Cover with the second piece of foil and seal well. Return the ribs to the refrigerator. The rub can remaining on the ribs for 4 to 24 hours.
Remove the ribs from the fridge and allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to 325 degrees.
Add the sheet pan topped with ribs right to the top of the grill. Don't open the grill, just monitor the temperature. Keep it between 325-350. Cook for 2 hours.
Open and remove the ribs. Take them out of the foil and finish them on the grill. Slather each side with sauce and cook to sear the sauce, only about 5 minutes per side.
Remove and allow to rest. Slice the ribs. I like to mop with additional sauce, serve and enjoy!