There’s nothing better than a great rack of ribs. Grilled Barbecue Spare Ribs are dry rubbed, roasted to make them tender, then grilled with barbecue sauce for that fall-off-the-bone for a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

Grilled barbecue spare ribs

Not all spare ribs are created equal. Do you know where your ribs came from? Do you know about the farm they came from and the living conditions of the animal? What about what the animal was fed? These are all questions you need to ask when buying ribs.

Grilled barbecue spare ribs

4th of July is fast approaching and it does also happen to be National Barbecue Spareribs day so I would be doing you a dis-service by not sharing my grilled ribs recipe. First I dry rub them, pour over some barbecue sauce, then they are  roasted for 1 1/2 hours.

After roasting, I cover the ribs  in  my signature Chipotle Bacon BBQ Sauce. The sauce is sweetened with pineapple juice which give it amazing flavor. They are then grilled to caramelize the barbecue sauce. This will give them a lovely smoky BBQ flavor.

For an amazing grilled corn recipe, check out the link below.

I’ve been making ribs this way for a few years now and it’s a must eat in our house for this National day of barbecue. Happy 4th of July.

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Barbecue Spare Ribs

Brushing barbecue sauce on spare ribs

Grilled barbecue spare ribs are dry rubbed, roasted to make them tender, then grilled with barbecue sauce for that fall-off-the-bone for a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 15 hours 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Two, 2 to 3 pound racks pork spare ribs
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Mix all the spice rub ingredients in a bowl. Rub all over the ribs and massage well into the meat.
  2. Wrap in plastic wrap for 2 hours, overnight is better.
  3. Remove the ribs from the plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour before cooking.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.
  5. Add the ribs to a foil pan or baking sheet lined with foil, meat-side up. Pour over some of the barbecue sauce.
  6. Cover tightly with foil and roast for 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Preheat outdoor grill on high. Place the rack of ribs bone side down for about 5-7 minutes. Turn and repeat
  8. Serve with more sauce.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/4 rack

Amount Per Serving Calories 350Sodium 1788mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 27g

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