Smokey Bliss: Mastering the Art of BBQ Ribs with Homemade Sauce and Rub

May 23, 2024 | Main Courses




Difficulty Value: moderate
Prep Time in Minutes: 20
Cooking Time in Minutes: 180-240

In the sultry heat of a late summer evening, with the smoky aroma of barbecue wafting through the air, I find solace and comfort in the simple pleasure of BBQ ribs. This iconic dish has a deep-rooted history, dating back to ancient civilizations that cooked meat over open flames. Throughout the ages, this dish has evolved, with each region imbuing its own unique flavors and techniques. The roots of BBQ ribs run deep in the soil of tradition, weaving a tapestry of flavors that captivate the senses and evoke memories of gatherings with loved ones.

Ingredients for BBQ Ribs


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs or spare ribs
  • 1 cup BBQ rub (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

1. Preheat your grill to low heat, around 250°F (120°C), setting up a two-zone cooking area for indirect heat.

2. Prepare the ribs by removing the membrane from the back of the rack, then season generously with salt, pepper, and BBQ rub, ensuring that every inch is coated with flavor.

3. Place the ribs on the cooler side of the grill, bone side down, and close the lid. Let them cook low and slow for about 2-3 hours, checking occasionally to maintain a consistent temperature.

4. After the ribs have cooked for a few hours and have developed a beautiful crust, it’s time to glaze them with the BBQ sauce. Brush the sauce on both sides of the ribs, allowing it to caramelize and create a sticky, delicious coating.

5. Continue cooking the ribs for another hour, occasionally basting with more BBQ sauce to build up layers of flavor.

6. To test if the ribs are done, gently tug on a bone — if it easily comes away from the meat, they are ready to be devoured.

7. Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing between the bones to serve.

8. Serve your BBQ ribs with an extra drizzle of BBQ sauce on the side, alongside your favorite sides like coleslaw, cornbread, or grilled corn.

BBQ Ribs Cooking


  • For a smokier flavor, add wood chips or chunks to your grill for a hint of wood-fired goodness.
  • Experiment with different BBQ rubs and sauces to customize the flavor profile of your ribs.
  • If you don’t have a grill, you can also cook the ribs in the oven at 250°F (120°C) for a similar outcome.

Indulge in the pleasure of sink-your-teeth-into-it BBQ ribs, and savor each succulent bite that will transport you to a world of flavor and tradition. Enjoy the journey of slow-cooked perfection and relish in the timeless joy of a well-made rack of ribs.

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