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Grilled BBQ Spare Ribs

July 6, 2022 • 0 comments

Grilled BBQ Spare Ribs
There's a reason the grill is the classic option for making ribs - they turn out smoky, sticky, and tender. For the best ribs, marinate them in the dry rub for several hours before grilling.
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  • Servings: 4



Dry Rub Blend

  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less depending on how much of a kick you like)
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (more or less depending on how much heat you like)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dry herb (either thyme, oregano, or parsley)


Dry Rub Blend

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside

Pork Ribs

  1. Wash the slab of ribs with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Remove the membrane on the back side by placing a paring knife underneath the membrane and gently pull it back from one end of the slab to the other end and discard. If it's slippery, you can use a paper towel so you'll have a better grip when pulling the membrane back. (Note: I find that there isn't a difference in removing the membrane, so I tend to omit that particular step). Remove any excess fat by cutting it off with a sharp knife and discard.
  2. Place the ribs in a roasting pan or baking sheet. Season the slab of ribs with kosher salt and a generous amount of dry rub. Gently massage the dry rub into the ribs then lightly press into the ribs with your hands. Place plastic wrap over the ribs and allow the ribs to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour up to 24 hours.
  3. After the ribs have marinated, place on the countertop and bring to room temperature. Meanwhile, fire up the grill using your process and when the grill is ready, position the slab of pork ribs on the grill grates and close the lid. Grill on one side for 30 minutes then flip and grill the other side for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. By this time, the ribs should have a beautiful brown crispy outer coating and no longer pink. Remove the ribs from the grill and place them in a clean roasting pan or baking sheet. At this point, slather on your favorite BBQ sauce if you like. Place the ribs in a 330 degree preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes to tenderize the ribs more.
  5. Allow the ribs to cool a bit. Using a sharp knife, cut the slab into individual ribs by cutting alongside each rib bone and serve.

*Recipe: Cooking with Bliss