How to Grill Ribs

For a barbecue feast you won't soon forget, take on the challenge of learning how to grill ribs. It's no wonder grilled ribs are a cookout favorite--slow-cooked and slathered in your favorite barbecue sauce, the meat is so tender it practically falls right off the bone and is, as they say, finger-licking good. While beef and pork ribs are the most common choices, lamb and venison ribs cook up deliciously, as well. True to the geographical tradition of barbecue, different regions tend to have their own preferences for how ribs are prepared. Some regions, such as Memphis and Kentucky, favor a dry rub to flavor the meat, while the Southwest is all about tangy barbecue sauce. This recipe pays tribute to the Lone Star state with a slightly sweet Texas-style grilling sauce that's so tasty you'll want to make enough to serve on the side. Serve the ribs with fresh sweet corn on the cob, barbecue baked beans and other cookout favorites, and be sure to have plenty of moist towelettes on hand for your guests to wipe their fingers clean after digging in.
Hi, I'm Kristina for Today, we're gonna make Grilled Texas-Style Beef Ribs. Everything's bigger in Texas and these are for a big appetite. Here's what you're going to need: a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of black pepper, one large onion, finely chopped, a half a cup of honey and a half a cup of ketchup, one 4-ounce can of diced green chili peppers that's been drained, a tablespoon of chili powder, one garlic clove, minced, and a half a teaspoon of dry mustard. Then, of course, you have 3 to 4 pounds of beef back ribs. I've already trimmed the fat from the ribs and now I'm gonna season both sides with salt and pepper. Let's put together our sauce. Start with the chopped onion. Some honey. Ketchup. Your diced green chilis, and then of course we have the chili powder, the garlic. We have there. And the dry mustard, and we're gonna let this cook for about 10 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, let's get the ribs on the grill. It will take about an hour over medium heat. The ribs will be on the grill for about an hour. We'll check back then. I'm really excited about these ribs. We have about 10 minutes left to go. Now, this is the time that we get to brush on this fantastic barbecue sauce. Let's do it. Get it all nice and glazed. Get all that flavor into the meat. I cannot wait to be finished. I'm gonna give this about 10 minutes and then you can pass the remaining sauce. Okay, it's been 10 minutes. These ribs are done. Let's take a peek. Oh, yeah. We got a fire going here. Okay. Right on the serving platter. Take a look at that. We have the remaining sauce. Pass that with the ribs, and there you have it, Grilled Texas-Style Beef Ribs. Thanks for watching. For more great recipes and savings, visit us at

What You'll Need

  • 3 - 4   pounds beef back ribs (about 8 ribs)*

  • 1   teaspoon salt

  • 1   teaspoon black pepper

  • 1   large onion, finely chopped

  • 1/2  cup honey

  • 1/2  cup catsup

  • 1  4  ounce can diced green chili peppers, drained

  • 1   tablespoon chili powder

  • 1   clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2  teaspoon dry mustard

Step By Step

Trim fat from ribs. For rub, stir together the salt and black pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly onto both sides of the ribs; rub into surface.
In a grill with a cover arrange preheated coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place the ribs on the grill rack directly over the drip pan. Cover and grill for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until the ribs are tender. Add more coals as needed.
Meanwhile, for sauce, in a small saucepan stir together the onion, honey, catsup, chili peppers, chili powder, garlic, and dry mustard. Cook and stir over low heat for 10 minutes. About 10 minutes before the ribs are finished grilling, brush sauce generously over ribs. Continue grilling until glazed. Pass remaining sauce. Makes 4 servings.

  • *Note: Ribs may be purchased and grilled either in a rack or cut into individual ribs. If left as a rack, cut into individual pieces to serve.
Remember, while it's good to have a basic recipe to follow, barbecue is a very individualized form of cooking. Don't be afraid to play around a little bit with spices, sauces and flavors until you happen upon a method for how to grill ribs that's truly your own.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 529, Fat, total (g) 22, chol. (mg) 105, sat. fat (g) 9, carb. (g) 49, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 37, vit. A (RE) 103, vit. C (mg) 17, sodium (mg) 1105, calcium (mg) 61, iron (mg) 6, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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