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Close up photo of BBQ baby back ribs on a plate with bread and pickles.
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Grilled BBQ Ribs

BBQ Baby Back Ribs On The Grill are rubbed with delicious spices and basted in your favorite barbeque sauce and a secret tip for ribs that are fall off the bone tender!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 399kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a large sheet tray with foil, set aside.
  • Rinse the ribs well making sure there are no bone shards. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Place it on the sheet tray with the foil. If desired, remove the membrane from the underside of the bones by using a pairing knife to gently pry the membrane up so you can get ahold of it. Using a paper towel then grab the membrane and pull it off.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, paprika, pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne. Rub the ribs all over, top and bottom with the rub. Place another piece of foil on top, crimp the edges of the two pieces of foil all around the ribs so it forms a package.
  • Place the ribs in the oven and pour ½ of the beer directly onto the sheet tray. Bake for an hour and a half and add the other half of the beer onto the sheet tray. Depending on how tender you want your ribs, start checking them at the 3 hour total mark. A fork should easily pierce the meat of the ribs. You do not want them to totally fall off the bone though because they will fall apart on the grill.
  • Heat your grill on high and let it get very hot. Place the ribs meat side up onto the grill. Baste with the bbq sauce. Flip them over and let them char and caramelized. Base the other side with bbq sauce. You do not want to leave them on too long, 20 minutes max because they may dry out.
  • Once the one side is caramelized and lightly charred turn it over again and let the bottom caramelize and char.
  • Cut the slab into individual ribs and serve, or serve as is!


  • Use your favorite bbq sauce or homemade. I used Sweet Baby Ray’s in these photos.
  • You do not have to use a beer, you can use plain water, apple juice, root beer, or lemon-lime soda.
    They are very delicate so be careful while turning the ribs on the grill.
  • Removing the membrane tends to make the ribs more tender. Either way, they are still amazing.
  • The caramelized outside and char from the grill really set these ribs apart. You can also baste the ribs in bbq sauce once done baking and broil them until caramelized and charred. But, you will not get that smoky taste from the grill.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1679mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 723IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg