Succulent American BBQ Ribs


Welcome to the ultimate guide to making the classic American BBQ ribs! If you crave that perfect blend of smoky, sweet, and savory, this is the recipe for you. This guide will walk you through the process of preparing and cooking ribs that will be the star of any backyard barbecue.


  • 2 racks of baby back pork ribs (about 4-5 lbs)
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • For the dry rub:
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for heat)


  1. Begin by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs with a knife and pulling it off with paper towels for a better grip.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all the dry rub ingredients until well combined. Apply a generous amount of the rub to both sides of the ribs, pressing it in to adhere.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-low heat for indirect grilling. If using a charcoal grill, place coals on one side and cook the ribs on the other side of the grill.
  4. Place the ribs on the grill, bone-side down, and cover with the lid. Grill for about 1.5 to 2 hours, maintaining a temperature of around 225°F to 250°F, or until the ribs are tender.
  5. During the last 20-30 minutes of cooking, baste the ribs with your barbecue sauce every 10 minutes to create a delicious glaze.
  6. Once the ribs are cooked, remove them from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, making the ribs even more succulent.
  7. Slice between the bones to serve individual ribs, and enjoy with extra barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.

Additional Tips

  • To check if the ribs are done, insert a toothpick between the rib bones; it should slide in and out easily with little resistance.
  • For a smokier flavor, consider adding wood chips to your grill. If using a gas grill, place the wood chips in a smoker box or wrap them in aluminum foil with holes poked in the top, and set it over the direct heat.
  • Allowing the dry rub to sit on the ribs for at least an hour, or overnight in the refrigerator, can lead to deeper flavor penetration.


These American BBQ ribs are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. They are ideal for summer cookouts, game day feasts, or even just a comforting family dinner at home. By following these steps, you’ll end up with ribs that are so flavorful and tender, they effortlessly slide right off the bone. Happy grilling!

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