BBQ Pork Ribs

BBQ Pork RibsBBQ Pork Ribs are perfect for a backyard barbecue. This bbq pork recipe, aside from being tender and moist, can be made ahead of time and finished on the grill or BBQ for a few minutes and then served sizzling hot.

If you are really crushed for time, make these ribs well ahead of time and freeze them, individually tightly wrapped in plastic. That way you can also use only what you need.

I like to use the onion butter basting sauce described below, but you may prefer to use your own basting sauce or barbecue sauce. Just keep an eye on those ribs while they are grilling to keep the sauce from flaring up and burning the meat.

Easy BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe


5 pounds pork spareribs cut into serving size portions
1 cup barbecue sauce – hickory smoke flavored is best for this recipe
1 cup ketchup
1 cup water from the boiling liquid used for the ribs
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced
kosher salt and ground black pepper


Season the spareribs with plenty of the salt and black pepper. Put them in a large roasting pan or kettle and cover them with water. Bring the pot to a boil, and then turn down the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and let the ribs gently cook for about 2 hours, just until the meat is starting to pull away from the bones, but not quite falling off.

Reserve one cup of the cooking water for the basting sauce. Let the ribs cool in the pan with the water, and then cover the pan and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and sauté the onion and garlic until they are soft but not brown.

Whisk together the ketchup, the cup of reserved cooking water, the white vinegar and lemon juice. Put the mixture in a blender and add the melted butter and onions. Puree the mixture until it is smooth. Pour it back into the saucepan and season with kosher salt and black pepper, bring the sauce to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer it for a minute. Set the sauce aside.

Light a charcoal barbecue or heat a gas grill. Remove the cooked ribs from the liquid and dry them off just a bit. Start grilling the ribs, turning to cook both sides, then begin basting them with the sauce after about 5 minutes. Serve the ribs when they are completely heated through, about 20 minutes.

Serve with the remaining basting sauce on the side, or heat up some of your favorite BBQ sauce. The hickory smoke flavored sauce used for basting is a great choice.

Serves 4

Good To Know – One other way for prepping the ribs is to season them well and then layer them on a baking sheet, wrap them well in foil, and bake in a low oven, about 275F, for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Refrigerate them for 2 hours before putting them on the grill.

Just remember that the meat needs to be just beginning to pull away from the bones in order to insure that they are tender when finished grilling.

Enjoy these great BBQ Pork Ribs!