BBQ Pork Ribs

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If you aren’t quite sure how to make fall-off-the-bone tender pork ribs on the grill, bookmark this recipe! Thick, juicy, barbecue ribs come together in just a few easy steps.

My family is a big fan of barbeque and they especially love BBQ Ribs.  Truth be told, it’s been a slow fall in love for me, mainly because I am weird about food that makes my hands dirty. A weird little secret about me? I like to eat my food with a fork.  With these ribs that’s doable because they are “fall off the bone tender,” and make it easy.


When my oldest daughter was younger, our running joke was that when a boy asked her out on a date, we would encourage him to take her to a rib joint.  When she eats ribs, she has that BBQ sauce, rib smile.  Do you know the one?

We figured, if he took her for ribs, and got a glimpse of that, there would be an early drop-off and no second date for Daddy to worry about!  She found her perfect match way back then, and they both have a love of food.  He was brought up to appreciate all kinds of food, just like she was.  I guess he forgives the “BBQ smile” and pile of sticky napkins, because he gets ribs, too!

They are still together after that very first date, over a decade later, married with a family of their own.

BBQ Pork Ribs

It’s barbecue season and I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. Beer batter simmered, grilled, and then smothered in barbecue sauce, these ribs are absolutely the best ribs you’ll eat. 

BBQ Pork Ribs

These ribs are perfect for your next backyard barbecue, family get-together, picnic feast, or just when the mood hits. Serve with a side of potato saladwith this No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake for dessert and you’ll have the ultimate summertime barbecue meal.  

If you love bbq pork ribs you are sure to love these too: BBQ Smoked Sausage Sandwiches With KrautDorothy’s BBQ Pork Chops, or this recipe for Dr. Pepper BBQ Pork Sandwiches

ribs on the grill

Though these ribs taste best on the barbecue, you can cook them up in the oven on a baking sheet at a low temperature, basting them with the tangy barbecue sauce every half hour or so. 

You can also finish these delicious ribs in the air fryer. After boiling them, brush them with barbecue sauce and caramelize the sauce in your air fryer. About 3 minutes on each side should work, cooking at about 350 degrees. 

Jar of Homemade Barbecue Sauce on a grey potholder

Ingredients for this pork ribs recipe

For complete ingredients and instructions scroll to the bottom of this post for the full printable recipe. 

  • Pork Country Style Ribs- Pick up enough to feed your family. Bone-in or boneless both work. 
  • Beer- Any kind of beer works to boil the ribs. 
  • Salt and Pepper- Add to your liking for seasoning
  • Water
  • BBQ Sauce- Use this recipe for Homemade BBQ sauce, it’s my preferred sauce for bbq pork ribs, you can use your favorite bbq sauce recipe or bottled sauce will also work. 

How to make bbq pork ribs grilled

These barbeque ribs are a two-step process, here’s how to make them. 

First: In a large stock pot, on your stove over medium heat, place your ribs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Second: Cover with beer and water. The quantity will depend on how many ribs you are cooking. I do 1 can of beer + 1 can of water – until the ribs are covered.

Third: Place a lid on the pot, and cook for about an hour.

Fourth: Remove from pan, and place on the grill grates heated to grill temperature of 350 degrees. You can also use a charcoal grill to bbq ribs. 

Fifth: Let the ribs grill for a few minutes on each side to get that small amount of char/grill taste.

Sixth: Brush the sides of the ribs and the underside of the ribs with BBQ sauce, and let them caramelize for a few minutes more.

Leftover ribs will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. 

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BBQ Pork Ribs

FAQs about BBQ pork Ribs

  • How long does it take to barbecue ribs on the grill? How long it takes to barbecue ribs really depends on a few things; if your ribs are precooked (this recipe for BBQ ribs are), how thick your ribs are, and how high the heat is. However, the average time it takes for ribs to cook can range from 1 ½ to 3 hours. 
  • What is the 3 2 1 rule for ribs? The 3-2-1 rule outlines this process for cooking ribs: the ribs are smoked at a low temperature for 3 hours; they are then wrapped in foil and steamed for 2 hours; and then they’re covered in a sauce or glaze and grilled for an additional hour.
  • How long to cook bbq pork ribs at 350? If you are cooking your ribs at 350 degrees Fahrenheit it is best to cook them for approximately 2 hours. 
  • How to cook BBQ ribs on a gas grill? If you aren’t sure how to grill ribs here are a few steps to follow. Before you turn on the grill, spray your grill with cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Lay the ribs on the grill and cover them. You can baste them with marinade every half an hour or so until they are done. Turn them at least once during the grilling process. Some people like to wrap the ribs in aluminum foil so the ribs get cooked with an indirect heat but this is a personal preference. 


Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!

  •  Instead of barbecue sauce choose your favorite marinade; homemade or store-bought. 

  • You can use spare ribs, beef ribs whatever you prefer.  The prep and grilling method I’ve shared here gives great results with all sorts of ribs!

  • Use pork chops instead of ribs or pick up a rack of baby back ribs to barbecue. 

Tips & Tricks

  • If you don’t have time to grill your ribs you can also place them in the slow cooker but you won’t get the same smoky flavor. 

  • Check for doneness with a meat thermometer. The ribs should have an internal temperature of around 198 degrees. 

  • Spray the grill with cooking spray so the tender ribs don’t stick. 

  • For even more flavor make a spice rub for the ribs using cayenne pepper, onion powder, chili powder, and garlic powder. 

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Seize the season and make these barbecue ribs! This two-step process is my absolutely favorite way to prepare succulent, lick-your-lips ribs on the grill. Give them a try and watch your family’s BBQ sauce smile stretch across their faces!

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Close up of BBQ Pork ribs on the grill.
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BBQ Pork Ribs

Boiled in beer until tender, grilled and covered in homemade sauce, these Country Style Pork Loin Ribs are fall apart, finger licking delicious!
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time20 minutes
Additional Time1 hour 39 minutes
Total Time2 hours
Course: Pork
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ pork ribs, BBQ pork ribs grilled, best recipe for pork ribs, grilling ribs, how long to cook pork ribs on the grill, how to grill ribs, how to make fall of the bone tender pork ribs on the grill, recipe for BBQ pork Ribs, ribs on the grill, sauce for bbq pork ribs
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • Pork Loin Country Style Ribs enough to feed your family
  • 1-2 cans of beer
  • Salt and Pepper for seasoning
  • Water
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce or your your favorite bottled brand


  • In a large stock pot, on your stove over medium heat, place your ribs.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cover with beer and water. (depending upon how many ribs you have, you may need one or two cans) I do 1 can of beer + 1 can of water - until ribs are covered.
  • Place a lid on the pot, and cook for about an hour.
  • Remove from pan, and place on a grill heated to about 350 degrees.
  • Let them grill for a few minutes on each side to get that small amount of char/grill taste.
  • Brush them with BBQ sauce, and let it caramelize on them for a few minutes more.


Here is the link to my Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe


Serving: 1g | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 200mg | Sugar: 2g

This recipe was originally posted on September 1, 2014. It has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on August 11, 2023. 


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  1. I hear ya ’bout messy! I do love me some ribs, though and these are perfect! Love the picture of your daughter and rib eaten boyfriend!

  2. So I came across your AMAZING recipe today for these ribs and I was so excited to try it out. They are on the stove right this second and let me just say that the smell these babies are puttin out just make me want to do a little happy dance around the kitchen! lol can’t wait to eat em up! oh and I’ve got your loaded baked potato casserole recipe in the oven as well! Thanks for making dinner easy tonight!

    1. Melissa, Your comment literally MADE MY DAY yesterday! Ha! I even shared it on my facebook page! 😉 Thank you for taking the time to let me know you are enjoying my recipes! Means the world to me!

    1. All you are really doing with the grilling part is caramelizing that BBQ sauce on. Put them in the oven at the same temperature as the grill states, 350 degrees. Caramelize that sauce on, and you’ll be good to go! 🙂

  3. These juicy glazed ribs really are fall-off-the-bone tender. And the flavour throughout the ribs are wonderful. I think it might be the beer? I used to boil them in salted water, but never again! This is my go-to pork rib BBQ from now on! Thank you!

  4. OMG….these smelled so good while they were cooking, I was drooling the whole time just waiting for them to be done. Absolutely delicious!

  5. Love BBQ pork ribs. We made this recipe last night and wow so delicious. Our ribs were moist and fell of the bone. Big hit! thank you.

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