Delicious Grilled Sticky Ribs

Delicious Grilled Sticky Ribs

Today, I’ll share my top way to cook ribs on the grill, and it’s a bit different from the slow and smoky barbecue ribs you might be used to. You see, those barbecue ribs are cooked slowly in a smoker and served just as they are, with barbecue sauce on the side. But what I’m making here is a bit special. These ribs are cooked first, then sliced, and finally, each rib gets a delicious coating of our sticky sauce right on the grill.

Yield: 4

Delicious Grilled Sticky Ribs

Delicious Grilled Sticky Ribs

These ribs are a hit with everyone, and no matter what you call them, I really hope you'll give them a try soon.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours


  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs
  • For the Glaze:
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


    1. Gather all the ingredients and preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
    2. Mix salt, sugar, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder for dry rub together in a small bowl. Set aside.
    3. Line a large sheet pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place rack of ribs on the prepared pan, bone side down. Poke all over with a sharp knife. Make shallow slits across at an angle, and then repeat the opposite way; this allows the dry rub to penetrate. Transfer to the center of the preheated oven and bake for 2 hours. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
    4. Coat on both sides with rub; flip back over, ensuring the bone side is down. Wrap tightly with foil.
    5. Preheat a charcoal grill until coals are very ashy and hot.
    6. Remove from the refrigerator, unwrap, and brush off excess fat. Slice between the bones to separate each rib.
    7. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and cayenne with a spoon in a bowl for glaze.
    8. Place ribs on the preheated grill and cook for 2 minutes; flip and brush over glaze. Flip and repeat process until ribs are as caramelized as you prefer, about 10 minutes more.
    9. Remove to a plate and brush over one more application of glaze.
    10. Serve and enjoy.

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