BBQ Country-Style Ribs: A Flavorful Grilling Recipe

BBQ country-style ribs

Grilled country-style pork ribs are an absolute delight that we’ve been holding back from you for far too long. These ribs are dry rubbed, grilled over a two-zone fire, and finished off with a delicious barbecue sauce. Not only are they incredibly tasty, but they are also perfect for a budget-friendly weeknight grilling session.

The Juicy, Meaty Goodness of Country-Style Pork Ribs

Country-style pork ribs may be called “ribs,” but they are actually cut from the blade end of the loin, near the pork shoulder. Despite the name, they don’t have actual rib bones. However, they are packed with more meat than regular pork ribs, making them incredibly flavorful. The marbling of fat throughout the meat adds an extra level of taste to these juicy cuts.

Placing rubbed country-style pork ribs on grill

The Key to Perfectly Grilled Ribs

To achieve tender, juicy ribs that will make your taste buds dance, there are three main components to focus on:

1. The Dry Rub

Start by coating the country-style pork ribs with a delicious dry rub. Our all-purpose pork dry rub combines brown sugar, paprika, cracked black pepper, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper for the perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors. Give the ribs some time to absorb the flavors by letting them sit in the rub in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight.

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2. A Two-Zone Fire

Grill the ribs over direct and indirect heat, similar to cooking a steak. Set up your grill with a two-zone fire by placing the charcoal on one side. This setup allows you to sear the ribs over direct heat to develop their flavor and texture. Then, move them to the indirect heat side, allowing them to slow-cook without burning. This method ensures even cooking and tender, juicy results.

3. The Barbecue Sauce

The last step is saucing the ribs during the final minutes of grilling. Apply a warm barbecue sauce over direct heat to caramelize it and lock in the rich BBQ flavor. Warm the sauce before basting the ribs to prevent any interference with the cooking process.

Grilled country-style pork ribs on platter with mountain view

How to Grill BBQ Country-Style Ribs

Follow these five simple steps to achieve perfectly grilled country-style ribs:

#1 Prepare the Ribs

  • Rinse the ribs and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Rub the country-style ribs with the dry rub.

#2 Fire Up the Grill

  • Light a chimney full of charcoal.
  • Set up the coals for a two-zone fire for indirect heat.
  • Preheat the grill to 350 degrees F.

#3 Grill the Country-Style Ribs

  • Grill the ribs over direct heat until they are golden brown with a slight char (approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side).
  • Move the ribs to the cooler (indirect) side of the grill, close the lid, and allow them to cook for about 20 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of the meat. The thickest part of the ribs should read between 135 to 140 degrees F.
  • Move the ribs back over direct heat, baste them with warm barbecue sauce, and let the sauce caramelize.
  • The ribs are done when the internal temperature reaches 145-150 degrees F.
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#4 Rest the Meat

  • Tent the ribs with foil and let them rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

#5 Serve the Ribs

Enjoy your mouthwatering country-style ribs with your favorite sides, such as corn on the cob, potato salad, quick collard greens, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and your beverage of choice.

Grilled country-style pork ribs on grill

For a detailed step-by-step guide and precise measurements, check out the recipe card at the end of this post.

This delicious BBQ country-style ribs recipe will make your grilling sessions unforgettable. Experience the mouthwatering flavors and tender texture of these ribs by firing up your grill today. Visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more amazing recipes and explore the world of cooking with us!