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Southern Style BBQ Pork Ribs

We’ll show you how easy it is to make authentic, southern style baby back ribs on your charcoal grill.

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Cooking for 4 people


Liquid Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp. dry rub mix (below)
  • 0.25 cup apple jelly
  • 0.25 cup brown sugar
  • 0.25 cup honey
  • 0.5 cup apple cider

Dry Rub

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

1 Food Prep

Mix your dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Next, in a different small bowl, mix together your liquid seasoning. Finally, remove the membrane for the back of the rib slabs.

Generously apply the dry rub onto the front and back sides of the ribs, reserving 1 tbsp. for the liquid mixture.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: We recommend Kingsford® Charcoal Briquets with Mesquite

Method: The Charcoal Snake

Temp: 250°F (Low Heat)

3 The Cook

  • Add a small aluminum pan to the void side of the grill and fill it halfway with water.
  • 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 ribs meat-side up on the grill grate and cook over indirect heat for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

  • Remove the ribs from the grill. Place each slab meat-side down on its own doubled aluminum foil square, and pour ½ cup of the liquid seasoning over each slab.

  • Tightly wrap and seal each slab with aluminum foil. Place the wrapped ribs back in the cooker for 1 hour at 250°F.

  • Remove the ribs from the charcoal grill and discard foil.
  • Place the ribs back on the grill. Brush KC Masterpiece® Original Barbecue Sauce on both sides of the ribs, grill for 15 minutes, or until sauce caramelizes.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

11 Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yummy looking ribs I ready to try it on my charcoal grill with friends and family
Date published: 2023-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mouth watering Made this last night aupa game changer big hit love it
Date published: 2023-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting The addition of cinnamon to the dry rub was interesting for a change. Recipe easily halves.
Date published: 2023-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pork ribs Very good tender fall off the bone ribs that I will grill again
Date published: 2023-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't seem to improve this recipe. I've been smoking ribs for over 50 years. I found this Kingsford recipe many years ago, liked it, and have used it ever since. I have tried other recipes but they never seem to compare to this classic. I have cooked hundreds of slabs and received thousands of compliments. The only variations I have tried and kept is to occasionally substitute St. Louis or Spare rib cuts and to substitute my homemade sauce for KC Masterpiece.
Date published: 2023-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSOME RIBS This is the recipe I learned how to make great ribs, I will always keep it handy.
Date published: 2022-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Came out great I have tried 3-4 other methods for cooking ribs in my charcoal grill, this one by far has been the best. Will definitely bookmark and use next time!
Date published: 2022-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tasty Made this this weekend and it was really good!!!!!
Date published: 2021-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ribs I’ve Ever Had I used this recipe just a while back, for my first time ever grilling, and got compliments from my grill-master granddad.
Date published: 2021-05-05
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