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Baby Back Ribs on the Grill

Our BBQ Baby Back Ribs on the Grill will change your grilling game forever! This is the juiciest, most delicious pork rib recipe, that’s fall-off-the-bone tender with barbecue sauce and a homemade dry rub.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baby back ribs, baby back ribs on the grill, grilled baby back ribs, grilled ribs, Smithfield baby back ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 652kcal
Author Isabel Laessig

Equipment

  • Grill
  • Tongs
  • Knife

Ingredients

For grilled baby back ribs

Instructions

  • On a large rimmed baking sheet, rub each rack of ribs all over with the rib dry rub and refrigerate overnight. Make sure to cover the entire racks well and pat down the rub. It's called a rub for a reason.... rub rub rub and pat pat pat on both sides, you want a really nice coating!
    Patting dry rub onto ribs
  • Bring the ribs to room temperature when ready to cook. Clean the grill grates. You want nice clean grill grates for these baby back ribs. Light gas grill to medium, approximately 300°F.
  • When grill is warm, place the ribs on the grill grates and close the lid. I like to check on these ribs every 20 minutes of so. I move them around a bit if I feel they are cooking unevenly. Grill for approximately 1 hour.
    Baby back ribs on the grill
  • Mix the BBQ sauce and garlic powder. At the 1 hours mark, brush the ribs with the BBQ Sauce using a basting brush. Give them a good coating.
    Baby back ribs cooking on the grill
  • Turn the heat to low and shut the grill for approximately 15 minutes. Only baste with BBQ sauce in the last 15 to 20 minutes of grilling or the sugars will burn.
    Baby back ribs cooking on the grill
  • Remove from grill and transfer to a large cutting board. Let the ribs rest for 10 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut each rib in between each bone. Serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side.
    Sliced pork back ribs on a platter with side dishes

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Notes

  • I have made this recipe thousands of times and have never removed the membrane from the ribs. You simply do not need to do this when grilling BBQ baby back ribs.
  • Rub both sides of the ribs very well with the rib dry rub. It's called a rub for a reason - so rub rub rub and pat pat pat it down!
  • You're going to be cooking baby back ribs on the gas grill for an hour on low, so make sure you have propane in your tank.
  • Only baste with BBQ sauce in the last 15 to 20 minutes of grilling, or the sugar in the sauce will burn.
  • Let your grilled baby back ribs rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting them. If you skip this step, the ribs will lose their juiciness and become dry.

Nutrition

Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 2046mg | Potassium: 807mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 2303IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 3mg