Slow-Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs with My Signature Dry Rub

Close-up of ready to eat BBQ pork ribs

Nothing quite says summer like sitting outside, beer in hand, grilling up some BBQ Pork Ribs.

To get that perfect, tender, fall off the bone rack of ribs, by far the most important thing is slowly cooking them over low heat. And yes, you can do this by grilling them on the BBQ.

The key to grilling ribs is indirect heat. When firing up the grill, only use the burner on one side. If you’re not sure, take a look in your BBQ – the burners should run either front to back, or across left to right. So only light one side, say the left, or front – and then place the ribs bone-side down on the other, right side, or back, so they aren’t directly over the heat.

You’ll want to keep the temperature between 250°F and 300°F, and cook the ribs for 1.5-2 hours.

Half-way done slow cooking pork ribs on the grill
Basting pork ribs with BBQ sauce

Prepare the Ribs Before Grilling

The right preparation is so important to ensure the best tasting, most tender ribs.

First, remove the membrane. Place the ribs so they’re bone-side up. Start at one end of the rack, and slide a sharp knife between the membrane and the bone. I find it easiest to then grab the membrane with paper towel, and pull it off.

With the membrane fully removed, evenly cover both sides of the ribs with the spice rub and gently press it into the meat.

Let the ribs sit at room temperature, with the spice rub on, for about 10 minutes. Preheat your grill at this time, and you’re ready to cook the ribs low and slow!

Slow-Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs and My Signature Dry Rub
Signature Dry Rub
  • 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
BBQ Pork Ribs
  • 1 rack pork ribs
  • BBQ sauce for basting
  1. Add all spices for the dry rub together in a small bowl, and mix until combined.

  2. Remove the membrane from the rack of ribs, as mentioned above, and rub the spice mixture on both sides of the ribs.

  3. Light one side of the grill, and heat to between 250-300°F. Place the ribs bone-side down on the opposite side of the grill so they are not directly over the heat.

  4. Keep the lid of the BBQ closed for at least the first 30 minutes of cooking, and cook for about 1.5 hours. Rotate the ribs after about 45 minutes (still keeping bone-side down).

  5. After 1.5 hours, use a BBQ brush to baste the ribs with your favourite BBQ sauce. Increase heat to 300°F, and cook for an additional 15-30 minutes until ribs are done. Rotate half-way through, and baste with more BBQ sauce.

    They are ready when a sharp knife can cut between two ribs without any resistance.

If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and share a picture using #thesliceabove on Instagram. I always love seeing what you cook!

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