Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs

Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs


"These ribs will have the smoky flavor without all the grilling time. It takes just 30 minutes on the grill to give the ribs that smoky flavor Southerners expect. You can use this recipe for spare ribs too, just bake for 15 minutes longer."

Ingredients 1 h 50 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 519 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 519 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 35.5 g
  • 55%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.5g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 25 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 132 mg
  • 44%
  • Sodium:
  • 721 mg
  • 29%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place ribs in two 10x15 inch roasting pans. Pour water and red wine vinegar into a bowl, and stir. Pour diluted vinegar over ribs and cover with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Baste the ribs with their juices halfway through cooking.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together ketchup, water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, butter, brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer barbeque sauce for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  4. Lightly oil preheated grill. Transfer ribs from the oven to the grill, discarding cooking liquid. Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, turning ribs once. Baste ribs generously with barbeque sauce, and grill 8 minutes. Turn ribs, baste again with barbeque sauce, and grill 8 minutes.
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I've been doing ribs by this method for years and you appreciate it even more in winter where grilling 5-6 hr ribs is not an option. (In winter, you would finish this recipe off topped with the sauce in a 450 degree oven instead of on the grill.) A few suggestions from my experience. I add a bit of liquid smoke to the vinegar mixture so that it permeates the ribs when baking (also throw in a few cloves of garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper). I take off the foil after 45 minutes of baking but continue baking until the yummy liquid evaporates(the flavor gets more concentrated in the meat that way). The beauty is that this step can be done even a few days ahead. When done baking, I just let the ribs cool and refrigerate until I need them. Then, just take out 1 hr before party/ dinner, baste generously w/sauce and grill/ bake until nice in color. Perfect for treating kids to their favorite dinner in the middle of the week even for a busy mom/ dad or for throwing a no hassle BBQ party.


Whole family just LOVED these!! I cut the recipe in half and only thing I changed was cooking method. I didn't grill them, after cooking them with water and vinegar for an hr. and making the sauce, I marinated the ribs in the sauce for about 1-1/2 hrs. Then baked them in the oven on 350 covered for 45min, then uncovered for 10min. They came out PERFECT!! Meat just about fell off the bone and the sauce is wonderful!! The hot pepper sauce was hardly noticed so I might add just a little more next time (hubby likes spicey foods). These would be excellent for a barbecue get together!! Thanx for the great recipe!! :)


I fancy myself a good bbq'er, and am always open to new ideas and techniques. My Dad taught me everything I know, and I've read and experimented like mad to get better. So when I sprung this little ditty on him, and his comments ranged from "You got a good scald on that!" to "Forward this recipe to me please? That was good!" I knew I had a winner! Given the time to do this properly, this stuff came out DELICIOUS!!!! Pork was just falling off of the bones! I used country style ribs, added 20 minutes on the oven time due to thickness of the meat, and added in about 1/4 cup more brown sugar to give the pork a sweeter, thicker taste. You cannot go wrong on this! Wonderful dish! Wow!