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  • Writer's pictureJames Howe

BBQ Pork Ribs

Nothing quite captures the essence of a summer BBQ like tender, smoky BBQ ribs. Here’s a detailed recipe for creating the perfect BBQ ribs, including a flavourful rib rub and a tangy BBQ sauce.

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My BBQ Ribs recipe


For the Ribs:

2 racks of pork ribs (about 2 kg)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Rib Rub:

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon mustard powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chilli powder

For the BBQ Sauce:

1 cup tomato ketchup

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon chilli powder

Salt and pepper to taste


Preparing the Ribs:

  1. Remove the Membrane: Start by removing the thin membrane on the back of the ribs. This helps the rub penetrate the meat and makes the ribs more tender.

  2. Apply Oil: Rub the ribs with vegetable oil to help the rub adhere better.

Making the Rib Rub:

  1. Mix the Rub: In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, smoked paprika, black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, ground cumin, and chilli powder.

  2. Season the Ribs: Generously coat both sides of the ribs with the rib rub, pressing it into the meat to ensure it sticks. Wrap the ribs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Cooking the Ribs:

  1. Prepare the Grill: Preheat your grill to a low temperature (around 120-130°C). Set it up for indirect cooking by placing a drip pan filled with water under the grates to maintain moisture.

  2. Cook Low and Slow: Place the ribs on the grill, bone side down, away from direct heat. Close the lid and cook for 3-4 hours, maintaining a consistent temperature. Check occasionally to ensure they are cooking evenly.

Making the BBQ Sauce:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a saucepan, combine the tomato ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chilli powder.

  2. Simmer: Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let it cook for about 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.

Finishing the Ribs:

  1. Sauce the Ribs: In the last 30 minutes of cooking, brush a generous amount of BBQ sauce on both sides of the ribs. Continue to cook, turning occasionally and basting with more sauce, until the ribs are sticky and caramelised.

  2. Check for Doneness: The ribs are done when the meat is tender and pulls away from the bones easily. Remove from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes before cutting into individual ribs.


Serve the BBQ ribs with extra BBQ sauce on the side and your favourite BBQ sides such as coleslaw, corn on the cob, and potato salad.

Enjoy your British BBQ with these mouth-watering BBQ ribs that are sure to impress your guests!


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