This is the Best BBQ Ribs Recipe you’ll ever find! This pork ribs recipe falls right off the bone and is smothered in an award winning BBQ sauce!
Nothing says summer BBQ like a rack of ribs. I’m pretty convinced there is no “perfect rib”, so many variables between pork or beef, smoking versus grilling, dry rub, wet rub, tomato base versus vinegar base. Really it is a matter of personal preference.
Although BBQ sauce and styles are generally broken into three categories: Texas, St. Louis and Carolina, there are many variations within the subcategories; way too many to name. So maybe there isn’t really one best we can all agree on, right?
Well, these are my best BBQ ribs. I don’t claim to be a pitmaster or BBQ snob, just a lady who likes ribs and BBQ sauce.
1. I’ve never had anyone not tell me they are “the best”.
2. My homemade BBQ sauce has won many awards. It is flipping delicious!
3. I dream about them, they are so good.
I start by using a dry rub and low-temperature baking for 3 hours. Meanwhile, my homemade tomato BBQ sauce simmers. Finally, I have hubby finish them off on the grill, basting with sauce. Just perfect… the way I like it! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
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Best BBQ Ribs
- 3 pounds pork spareribs
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
- 2 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 2 large disposable aluminum pans
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Cooking spray or vegetable oil for grill
- Start by cutting ribs into 3-4 ribs portions using a sharp meat cleaver. Be careful!
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place ribs in a large aluminum pan.
- In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients, chili powder through celery salt, mix well.
- Wash your hands well. Using your hands, massage dry rub into the meaty side of each rib segment. Ribs do not have to be in a single layer, but should be positioned so that there is a small amount of space for air to circulate between each segment.
- Place ribs on the center rack. Fill a high rimmed baking dish (I used a 9x13 rectangular baking pan) with water. Place on the lowest level of the oven. The water will create steam in the oven, preventing ribs from drying out. If you place the liquid directly into the aluminum pan it will take off the dry rub. If you do want to put liquid straight into the pan, substitute water with apple juice to add flavor.
- Allow to bake for 3 hours. Meanwhile make BBQ sauce.
- Remove ribs and heat the grill to medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray or baste with vegetable oil.
- Place ribs on the grill, meaty side down initially. Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes. Rotate so the meaty side is up and baste homemade BBQ sauce onto each segment. Continue to cook for 15 minutes, basting with light layers every 2-3 minutes.
- Right before removing, give each segment a good, hearty basting. Remove and serve hot. Enjoy your Best BBQ Ribs!
- If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!