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Sweet and Smoky, these Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs are extra tender and juicy thanks to Smithfield Extra Tender Pork Back Ribs. One look and you’ll be running to the grill to make your own!
Jump straight to the Dry Spice Rub recipe here.
BBQ is one of my all time favorite foods. Could be the fact that I was born in Tennessee and it was just born to me. There’s something about the delicious, smokiness that has my heart go pitter patter whenever I smell smoked meats.
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and as I told you in my last post, I had my husband smoke some pork for me. It was delicious. What I didn’t tell you, was that on Saturday, I grilled up some Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs, which happen to be my favorite BBQ food ever.
I do have to admit, my husband isn’t a huge fan of ribs. He’ll opt for another type of BBQ food when we go out to dinner so I rarely cook ribs at home. However, recently when I was at Walmart checking out the meat case selection, my eyes happened upon these Smithfield Extra Tender and Extra meaty pork back ribs, and there was no looking back. They were in my cart immediately.
We love Smithfield® products. No only are there no added hormones or steroids, they’re extra-tender and juicy so if you’re a novice when it comes to cooking them, they’ll always turn out delicious.
And I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. smother them in my dad’s famous dry spice rub and smoke them on the grill. No BBQ meal is complete with macaroni and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw so it was all going down, no matter what my husband says. I had deprived myself of dry rubbed pork ribs for too long.
Don’t be intimated about grilling ribs. It’s really very easy from start to finish and you’ll end up with tender, juicy ribs every time. I myself was a little intimidated by the grill for a long time until I really just got out there and did it a few times. It’s so rewarding to be able to grill by myself, whenever I want. No more waiting for the husband to get home from work, I can do it all by myself.
For these Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs I start with a dry spice rub the night before. You can find the recipe here. It’s an amazing combination of smoky and sweet and tastes good on chicken, pork and steak.
Rub the ribs down really good, on all sides and wrap in plastic wrap. This will ensure the rub penetrates into the meat giving you really great flavor. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Remove ribs from fridge 30 minutes before you’re ready to grill so they can come to room temperature. While they’re waiting, head out to the grill.
We use a charcoal grill, it’s our preferred type, and a chimney starter. Start by placing your coals into the chimney starter. We also love Kingsford Charcoal! Place some newspaper under the chimney starter and then light it up. Wait until you see a few flames from the top and then carefully pour them into the grill, on one side. This is called indirect heat and the exact method you’ll use for these Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs. To really amp up the smoky flavor you can use soaked wood chips and throw a handful onto the coals if you’d like.
Place the ribs on the side without the coals and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes of cooking, slather some homemade barbecue sauce on them and place the lid back on for 30 more minutes or until a thermometer reaches 170 degrees. This will ensure the ribs are fall off the bone tender.
Now doesn’t this look like a thing of beauty? And my husband who doesn’t like ribs? Oh yeah, LOVED them. And so did my neighbor, because I’m nice and share like that. ? These Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs are grilled to perfection! Serve with your favorite side dishes and you’ve got yourself a down home good-looking BBQ meal.
Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs
Yield 5 (3 ribs each) 2 tablespoons BBQ Sauce
Sweet and Smoky, these Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs are extra tender and juicy thanks to Smithfield Extra Tender Pork Back Ribs. One look and you'll be running to the grill to make your own!
- Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs
- Recipe for Dry Spice Rub
Homemade BBQ Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
- 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper
- Rub dry spice rub all over ribs, making sure to cover well. Wrap rib rack in plastic wrap and place into refrigerator overnight.
- Remove ribs from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling and allow to come to room temperature
- Prepare grill. Fill chimney starter with charcoal. When coals are hot, pour onto one side of the grill, for indirect heat. If desired, place some soaked wood chips onto coals.
- Place ribs on side without charcoal and cook for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, baste with BBQ sauce and place the lid back on. Continue grilling for 30 minutes or until an internal thermometer reads 170 degrees.
- Remove from grill and allow to rest 20 minutes before slicing.
- Serve with extra bbq sauce and your favorite sides.
- In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic and saute until tender.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Serving Size Approx. 5 servings (3 ribs each) 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 37 g
Saturated Fat 13 g
Cholesterol 154 mg
Sodium 663 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 42 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
These dry rubbed pork ribs would be an excellent choice for a Memorial Day party. They’re also great all summer long for entertaining. You grill the ribs and have guests bring the sides. It’s bound to be a great party and one thing is for sure. No one will forget the taste of these dry rubbed pork ribs!
Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs is your secret weapon to perfect ribs every time. To check out more recipes, tips and a chance to win $5,000 cash plus multiple prizes, check out the Get Grilling America page and watch the video below.
Remember, no matter your level of expertise when it comes to grilling, Smithfield is here to help you grill great ribs!
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Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess says
Wow! Those look so succulent and yummy! Great for memorial weekend for sure!!
David @ Spiced says
Now this sounds like my kind of weekend meal on a warm summer day! We love ribs around here, and I need to give that rub a shot sometime soon. Thanks for sharing! #client
Tina Dawson | Love is in my tummy says
Now that sounds like a fun, fun day! I can’t wait to get the grilled fired up!
Adriana Lopez Martn says
Pork ribs are the best easy to cook and so yummy! That dry rub looks very nice. I need to grill some soon =)
Veena Azmanov says
I love ribs and your BBQ sauce sounds so heavenly. I can’t wait to try it. Love good meat on a BBQ on hot summer day – like today!!
Byron Thomas says
Megan, girl, those ribs look amazing! I can just taste them now. One of my all-time favourite meats, but I rarely get to make them since I live with two vegetarians.
I love how you plated it up all American style, with the coleslaw, the beans, and the pasta. Yum!
I’ve been wanting to make pork ribs for quite some time now! This recipe looks PERFECT. Husband would love them!
Your homemade BBQ sauce sounds delicious. Never thought about adding pineapple juice but that’s a great idea! I only use a charcoal grill with the chimney starter as well..The only way to grill in my opinion.
Molly Kumar says
The ribs look so juicy and nicely browned on top. I’m loving the flavors you’re using in the dry rub along with the pineapple juice + worcester sauce.
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says
I am so glad grilling season is here. These rib look fantastic. Fall off the bone….finger licking good. Great way to celebrate summer.
Yum! Those ribs look so tender! I’ll have to give this recipe a try. Love that you pictured it with the southern traditional sides!
Dry rubbed pork ribs sounds delicious and perfectly spiced and great as a barbecue meal. I am fan of dry rub when comes to grilling rather than a sauce.
Daniela Anderson says
These are some seriously amazing ribs. I don’t eat pork as often as I would like to, since my husband does not like it, so I can’t be bothered to cook for me only, but when I do have some, I so enjoy it. The ribs are so appetizing!
I love dry rub on ribs! I’m definitely going to need to make these this summer!