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Pork Ribs on the Grill

Grilled Pork Ribs Recipe

Course Dinner
Keyword dry rub recipe, grilled pork ribs recipe, pork dry rub
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Brandon Matzek


For the dry rub:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons ancho chile powder (or any chile powder you have on hand other)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the ribs:

  • 2 - 3 racks pork baby back ribs (about 2 1/2 pounds each*)
  • A couple handfuls of hickory wood chips, soaked for at least 30 minutes (optional)
  • 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce


  1. Place all of the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl, mixing to combine. Using a sharp knife, remove any silverskin on the back of each rack of ribs. I like to use a knife to release an edge, and then pull up it off with a paper towel. Coat each rack of pork ribs evenly with the rub, then wrap tightly with 2 to 3 layers of foil. If you’ve got standard sized aluminum foil, you’ll probably need 3 layers. As you are wrapping, be careful not to pierce the foil with the ribs.
  2. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to medium heat. Cook ribs covered over direct heat for 1 hour, turning twice to ensure even cooking. You’re looking to maintain between 350°F - 400°F within the covered grill.
  3. Take the ribs off the heat and let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and discard any liquids. Meanwhile drain the hickory chips (if using) and scatter over the coals or add to the smoker box of a gas grill. Once smoking, return the ribs to the grill bone side down and using a brush, baste the top of the ribs with barbecue sauce. Cook covered for 10 - 12 minutes until glaze is charred in spots. You’ll want to flip the ribs and baste twice during this time period.
  4. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Be sure to serve some extra barbecue sauce on the side!

Recipe Notes

*You’ll have enough dry rub for 3 racks of pork baby back ribs. Personally, I could only fit 2 racks of ribs on my grill (with room to breathe), but if your grill can accommodate 3, then go for it!