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Guy’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs

Transform St. Louis ribs into melt-in-your-mouth greatness. Settle in for a smoke session created by Guy Fieri and fueled by Kingsford® Original Charcoal Briquets.

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Cooking for 4 people


Rib Rub:

  • 1 ½ cups kosher salt
  • ½ cup ground black pepper
  • ½ cup mustard powder
  • ½ cup smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup celery seed, ground
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • ¼ cup coffee, fine ground
  • ½ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup garlic, granulated

Other Ingredients:

  • 4 racks St. Louis-style ribs
  • Guy’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce, or your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

1 Food Prep

  • In a large bowl, add all of your Rib Rub ingredients and mix to combine. Transfer to a container and store until ready to use.

  • Start by removing the skin-like membrane located on the bottom or “bone side” of the ribs.

  • Coat both sides of your ribs generously with dry rub. Wrap your ribs and refrigerate them overnight.

  • Evenly and liberally, sprinkle the ribs with a heaping tbsp. of rub per side.

  • Pat the spices onto the ribs so they adhere to the meat. Don’t apply sugar-based sauces yet.

  • When ready to grill, wrap each rack of ribs in aluminum foil (bone side down) with 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar.

2 Grill Prep

3 The Cook

  • Place your aluminum-wrapped ribs bone-side down in the center of the grate, away from the flames.

  • Cook your ribs for approximately 2–3 hours until very tender. Check your ribs periodically as they cook, adding more coals to the end of the snake if needed. Once your ribs are tender but still attached to the bone, remove them from the grill.

  • Add fresh hot coals to your grill to create a new high heat zone.

  • Carefully remove your ribs from the foil and place them directly over the coals to lightly char. Flip and baste them lightly with BBQ sauce using a mop or brush. Once your ribs are glazed, remove them from the grill, cut them into sections and serve.

Credit: Recipe created by Guy Fieri on behalf of Kingsford® Charcoal.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

4 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best rib recipe I've tried alot of rib recipe and this one takes the cake.
Date published: 2023-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy I l9ve these Bourban Brown Sugar Ribs. They taste delicious and so easy to make
Date published: 2023-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YUM!! The best grill recipe!! Definitely a "Must try" !!!
Date published: 2023-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bourbon Brown sugar BBQ ribsxios Anxious to try this out on my Weber grill when I grill my next batch of ribs!
Date published: 2023-10-18
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