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The history of grilling at Kingsford is a classic American story. It all started in 1919 when Edward G. Kingsford helped Henry Ford procure a stretch of timberland to supply wood for his auto plants.

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Brown Sugar Pork Ribs

This recipe is sure to become one of your new favorites. Try it out on spare or baby back ribs.

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Cooking for 4 people


  • 2 slabs ribs (spare or baby back)
  • 1.5 cup your favorite BBQ sauce

Dry Rub

  • 0.25 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. garlic salt
  • 4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 0.5 tsp. celery salt
  • 0.25 tsp. red pepper
  • 0.25 tsp. cinnamon

Liquid Seasoning

  • 0.5 cup apple cider
  • 0.5 cup brown sugar

1 Food Prep

In a small bowl, combine your dry rub ingredients and mix well. Generously apply your dry rub to both sides of your pork ribs.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: We recommend Kingsford® Original Charcoal Briquets

Method: Two-Zone Method

Temp: 250°F (Low Heat)

3 The Cook

  • When you’re at temp, put cooking oil on a folded paper towel. Grab the oiled paper towel with long-handled tongs and oil the grate thoroughly.

  • Place your ribs on the cooler side of the grate, away from the coals. Close the lid on your grill and cook your ribs for 2 hours 15 minutes.

  • Remove your ribs from the grill and place each rack of ribs meat-side down on its own doubled aluminum foil square. The foil should be large enough to completely wrap around each rib. 

  • In a small bowl, mix together your apple cider and brown sugar. Pour ½ cup of the liquid over each rib. At the same time, tightly wrap and seal each rack of ribs with aluminum foil. Place your wrapped ribs back on the grill on the cooler side of the grate for 1 hour.

  • Remove your ribs from the grill then unwrap each rack of ribs and discard the foil. Brush both sides of your ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce and place your ribs back on the grill for 5 minutes, or until the sauce caramelizes. 

  • Remove your ribs from the grill, allow them to rest for 3 minutes, then cut and serve warm.

Recipe created by Pitmaster Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q on behalf of Kingsford® Charcoal.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

7 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Falling Off The Bone! Hmmm! Never made BBQ Ribs before. Followed this recipe and everyone loved it!
Date published: 2023-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome recipe, & will try again for sure I tried this last night and it was delicious!& Family enjoyed it very much!!!
Date published: 2023-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford Ribs! Kingsford has great products and very good tasting recipes!
Date published: 2022-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome They were very easy to make. Family loved them. Absolutely awesome
Date published: 2022-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazingly good and simple using everyday ingredients you have on hand.
Date published: 2022-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ribs Seen this recipe this morning tried it tonight was very delicious and easy to make
Date published: 2018-04-18
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