Barbecue Grilled Ribs

"Barbecue” Grilled Spare Ribs

Sticky, smoky barbecue ribs are an All-American summer tradition. You'll want to plan ahead before cooking these as they need to sit in the refrigerator with a dry rub for 24 hours before grilling.
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 1/2 cup sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup granulated or raw sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion or onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 rack of pork spare ribs about 4 pounds
  • 1 cup peach salsa or substitute peach juice or nectar plus 1 peeled clove of garlic if salsa is unavailable.
  • barbecue sauce for brushing on the ribs at the end of cooking time and for serving

Also Needed:

  • Heavy Duty Foil
  • 1/2 cup food quality wood chips apple, cherry, hickory, etc... soaked in water for 1/2 hour before needed


  • In a small mixing bowl, use a fork to mix together the paprika, sugar, granulated onion, and cayenne pepper.
  • Remove the membrane from the rack of ribs and lay the ribs on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture over the ribs, rub in enthusiastically, flip the rack and rub on the remaining half of the spice mixture. Cover the ribs with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for 24 hours before grilling.
  • Pull off a section of heavy-duty foil that is several inches longer than your rib rack on either end. Be sure the foil is wide enough to come up around the rib rack and close securely. If necessary, lay two pieces together and fold along the long edge three or four times, crimping, to form a wider piece. Remove the plastic wrap and lay the rib rack down on the foil. Spoon the peach salsa (or nectar and garlic) over the ribs. Pull the long sides of the foil up together over the center and fold down . Crimp up both ends of the foil and put in a cold oven on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Set the oven to 250°F and let the ribs bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Preheat half of your grill to 275°F. Form a ball of double layer of heavy duty foil up around the soaked wood chips, leaving am open space about the size of a half-dollar for smoke to escape. Place that on the heated side of the grill. Place the partially cooked rib rack over the cooler part of the grill, curl side facing up, using indirect heat to finish cooking the ribs.
  • When the rib bones twist easily in the meat, they are done. Before you pull them off of the grill, brush one side generously with barbecue sauce, flip the rack and brush the other side. Continue cooking until they are as caramelized as you like them. I like mine done with a bit of char on the sauce, so I left mine over the heat for about 5 minutes after they were fully cooked.
  • Transfer the ribs carefully to a cutting board and let them rest for 5 minutes before cutting between the bones.
  • Tuck a napkin under your chin and enjoy!