Tender and flavorful, these st louis ribs are the tastiest ribs cooked on the grill. Coated in a flavorful dry rub, then grilled till perfectly tender, these ribs are then smothered in a rich homemade barbecue sauce infused with coffee and molasses!
One of our favorite things to do during the Summer is to cook on the grill. We love sitting outside, while the kids play and we can relax and enjoy each other's company. These ribs take minimal time to prep and can cook while you enjoy spending time with family and soaking up the sunshine. They are perfect for summer BBQs, holiday cookouts, or father's day!
🍖 Ingredient notes
- Ribs - St Louis style spare ribs are a meatier rib cut and they tend to be a bit flatter than baby back ribs so they brown up nicely and are easier to work with. They can be a bit more fatty than baby back ribs, but that makes them perfect for slow cooking and it adds more flavor! They come in all different sizes, but run approximately 2 ½ - 4 pounds per rack. When planning on serving sizes, I usually allow for ¾ pound of raw weight per person.
- Dry rub - A dry rub is a mixture of seasonings that goes on the meat before cooking. A good dry rub will flavor your meat as well as seal in moisture. I use a combination of both dry rub and barbecue sauce to flavor the ribs and make them super tender. The recipe below will work for up to two racks of ribs or approximately 6 pounds of ribs.
- Barbecue sauce - I like making homemade barbecue sauce, but you can use your favorite store bought barbecue sauce to make it easier. The recipe below is infused with coffee and molasses and has a deep, rich flavor that is not overly sweet. It makes about 4 cups of sauce which will be plenty for saucing two racks of ribs, plus extra for serving.
🔪 Step by step instructions
First, mix the dry rub ingredients in a bowl and generously sprinkle it over the ribs. Rub the seasonings into the meat on all sides to get the flavors infused into the meat. Place the ribs in the fridge for 1 hour to rest.
While the ribs are resting, mix all of the ingredients for the barbecue sauce in a medium pot. Heat the sauce over medium-high heat on the stovetop until it just starts to boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 45-60 minutes or until thickened and reduced by about half.
When the ribs are done resting, remove them from the fridge and preheat the grill to medium high heat or approximately 375˚. Grill the ribs over direct heat for 5 minutes on each side until browned.
Wrap the ribs in foil tightly and move them to indirect heat to cook for approximately 45-60 minutes. The ribs should be tender and the meat should be pulling away from the bone. If you want them more "fall off of the bone", cook for an additional 15-30 minutes. Cooking times will vary based on the actual size of the rack so I would suggest checking them after 45 minutes and go from there.
Remove the ribs from the foil and slather in barbecue sauce. Grill for an additional 5 minutes on each side over direct heat until browned.
Remove the ribs from the grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.
Serve with extra barbecue sauce and plenty of napkins!
⭐ Top tip
Make sure to let your ribs rest for 10 minutes after cooking. This will help all of the juices absorb back into the meat and keep your ribs tender and juicy.Print
🥘 Alternative cooking methods
- Oven - These ribs can be cooked in the oven instead of on the grill. After letting the ribs rest in the fridge. Place them under the broiler on a sheet pan to brown for a few minutes on each side. Wrap them in foil and let them cook in the oven at 300˚ for 2-3 hours. Cooking times will depend on the size of the racks. Check them after 2 hours and go from there. Once they have achieved the desired doneness, slather them in barbecue sauce and place them back under the broiler for a few minutes on each side till lightly browned. Let them rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
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