The Ultimate Guide to Ribs

Rock your ribs this summer with these pro tips and recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Ribs

It’s grilling season, y’all! Stock up on charcoal or wood chips, and be sure to grab plenty of wet naps, because today we are talking ribs: sweet and smoky, sticky, saucy, meaty, finger-licking good, fall-off-the-bone ribs.

Adam’s Ribs

Adams Ribs

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These sweet and spicy ribs are rubbed with Creole seasoning and basted with a sweet and savory sauce as they cook.

For Adams’ Rib recipe, click here.

Barbecue Championship Ribs

Barbecue Championship Ribs

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Incredibly sweet, smoky, and succulent, there’s no way these championship-winning ribs won’t impress whomever you cook them for.

Check out the recipe for these Barbecue Championship Ribs here!

Barbecue Ribs

Barbecue Ribs

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The great thing about these delicious ribs is that you can easily cook them either indoors or out – no grill needed! They’re roasted in a Dutch oven that can be set over coals or heated in your oven.

Click here for the recipe for these classic BBQ Ribs.

Beef Ribs with Sorghum Glaze

Unless you’re from the South, you’re probably unfamiliar with sorghum. Similar to molasses, sorghum is a sweet, golden-brown syrup perfect for saucing ribs. It adds a unique and complex flavor that’s hard to achieve with plain ol’ honey or molasses.

Find the recipe here.

Beer-Basted Baby Back Ribs

Beer-Basted Baby Back Ribs

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These flavorful ribs are flavored three ways. First they are seasoned with a dry rub, then basted with a beer sauce as they grill, and finally finished with a coating of sweet and smoky barbecue sauce.

For Beer-Basted Baby Back Ribs, click here.

Best Chinese Spareribs

Best Chinese Spareribs

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This recipe is perfect for novice rib-makers. Made with only a handful of ingredients, these sweet and sticky spareribs deliver a punch of authentic hoisin flavor.

Click through for the recipe.

Best Ever Barbecued Ribs

Best Ever Barbecued Ribs

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This easy, go-to recipe will render tender and delicious ribs without hours spent manning a smoker. Make these ribs in just three simple steps: 1. Season 2. Bake 3. Grill

Find the recipe for Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs here.

Best Honey Barbecue Country-Style Ribs

Best Honey Barbecue Country-Style Ribs

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Bring on the heat — and the sweet!  In this recipe, a well-balanced spicy sauce dresses luscious slabs of boneless ribs. 

Find the recipe here!

Big Game Baby Back Ribs

Big Game Baby Back Ribs

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Up your spice game with this dry rub recipe and be rewarded with big flavor. Mix up a large batch of this dry rub and keep it on hand for easy ribs all summer long.

Check out the recipe here.

Black Cherry and Jägermeister Baby Back Ribs

Black Cherry and Jägermeister Baby Back Ribs

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These sweet and sticky ribs are cooked in cherry cola and then covered in an irresistible Jägermeister-spiked BBQ sauce. The result? A rack of fall-off-the-bone, finger-licking good ribs. Better make a double batch of these guys; they won’t last long.

Click here for the recipe.

Championship Glazed Ribs

Smoke is the key ingredient in this recipe. Add a pile of apple wood chips to your grill to infuse the meat with a thick, sweet-and-smoky flavor.

Find the recipe here.

Chimichurri Beef Ribs

 

Argentine cowboys are on to something here. Chimichurri is a blend of finely chopped herbs, spices, and oil meant for grilled meat. These beef ribs have a bold, fresh flavor thanks to the herbaceous chimichurri marinade that blogger and grilling expert Chris Grove of www.nibblemethis.com makes from scratch. Don’t forget to save some of the delicious chimichurri to use as a condiment for the finished ribs — it's insanely delicious.

Find the recipe for Chimichurri Beef Ribs here.

Chocolate-Chipotle Ribs

Chocolate-Chipotle Ribs

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Bitter cocoa nibs add the perfect savory — yet chocolatey — flavor to the rub for these ribs. Amp up the chocolate flavor even more by adding chile-spiked chocolate to the BBQ sauce.

Click through for the recipe.

Competition-Style Pork Ribs

 

These delicious pork ribs, courtesy of Chris Grove, are cooked in an apple juice bath and become ultra tender and juicy thanks to frequent slatherings of butter and barbecue sauce.

Find this recipe for Chris Grove’s Competition-Style Pork Ribs here

Country-Style Ribs with Jalapeño-Peach Sauce

Canned peaches and brown sugar add an incredible amount of sweetness to these smoky, country-style pork ribs. Don’t forget to sauce the ribs as they cook for lots of deliciously caramelized sweet and spicy flavor.

Check out this recipe for Country-Style Ribs with Jalapeño-Peach Sauce here.

Curried Denver Lamb Ribs

 

Grilling expert Robyn Lindars of www.grillgirl.com suggests making your own curry by blending cardamom, turmeric, cumin, coriander, dry mustard, and chipotle pepper for an amazing dry rub to create smoky and savory ribs that burst with flavor.

Find the recipe for Curried Denver Lamb Ribs here.

Firecracker Pork Ribs

Forget Buffalo wings; are you ready for Buffalo ribs? These tangy ribs are about to become your new favorite finger food.

Find the recipe for Firecracker Pork Ribs here.

Galbi

Galbi

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Make your own Korean barbecue at home with these marinated beef short ribs. You only need a few ingredients to make the marinade, and you’ll be rewarded with lots of authentic flavor.

Click through to check out the recipe.

Glazed Sweet-Sour Spareribs

Glazed Sweet-Sour Spareribs

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These ribs are cooked indoors in a Dutch oven until tender. Then, they are placed under the broiler to thicken the glaze and add a little bit of crispy caramelization.

Click here for the recipe for Glazed Sweet-Sour Spareribs!

Grilled Buffalo-Style BBQ Ribs

 

These ribs get a double dose of heat! Tabasco sauce is used in both the rub and in the marinade, making the ribs extra spicy.

Find the recipe here!

Hoi-Sinful Spareribs

Hoi-Sinful Spareribs

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Hoisin sauce mingles with bourbon and garlic for finger-licking flavor in this recipe for sinful spareribs.

Find the recipe for Hoi-Sinful Spareribs here.

‘House of Cards' Frank's Favorite Ribs

‘House of Cards' Frank's Favorite Ribs

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Netflix fans know how tantalizing pitmaster Freddy’s ribs look, and these smoky, paprika-rubbed baby back ribs do not disappoint. Cook them in an oven and finish them under the broiler to add color and a touch of char.

Click through for the recipe.

Kalbi Korean Short Ribs

Kalbi Korean Short Ribs

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These Korean-style ribs get their serious flavor from a serious marinade. Honey mixes with garlic, tamari, sesame, and ginger for a boldly sweet and savory sauce. Wrap them in buttery bibb lettuce leaves and serve them with rice, kimchi, and kochujang.

Find the recipe here!

 

Kansas City-Style Pork Back Ribs

The only things these sweet, sticky ribs need are a side of creamy coleslaw and a skillet of fluffy cornbread.

Click here for the recipe for Kansas City-Style Pork Back Ribs.

Korean-Style Ribs

Korean-Style Ribs

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To bring out the best flavor, let these sweet and lightly spicy short ribs marinate overnight.

Find the recipe for Korean Style Ribs here.

Memphis-Style Dry-Rubbed Ribs

 

This recipe for Memphis-style dry rubbed ribs comes from Melissa Cookston, the winningest woman in competition BBQ and the owner of Memphis Barbecue Co. They’re easy to make, but cannot be rushed – start a day in advance and let the ribs rest with the rub overnight.

Check out her recipe here!

Mike's Caribbean Spiced Ribs

Mike's Caribbean Spiced Ribs

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All you need to make these delicious baby back ribs is brown sugar, salt, and a few dried spices. Rub the ribs with the spice blend and then let them marinate for a few hours before grilling.

Find the recipe for Mike’s Caribbean Spiced Ribs here

Molasses and Peanut Butter Glazed Ribs

Molasses and Peanut Butter Glazed Ribs

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The great thing about these flavorful baby back ribs (aside from the sweet and savory peanut butter glaze) is that they’re ready in less than an hour.

Click through for this recipe for Molasses and Peanut Butter Glazed Ribs

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

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Don’t have a grill? Try these easy, slow-cooker barbecue ribs! When you’re ready to eat, just place them under the broiler in your oven for a few minutes to thicken the sauce and to crisp the edges.

Find this recipe here!

Spice-Rubbed Beef Short Ribs

Arguably the best part about beef ribs is their size – there’s so much meat on those bones! If you love beef brisket, you’ll love these meaty oversized ribs.

Click through for this recipe for Spice-Rubbed Beef Short ribs here

Sticky Asian Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

Sticky Asian Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

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The secret in this amazing recipe is the Chinese five-spice powder. If you can’t find it, you can make your own by blending equal parts ground star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds.

Find the recipe for Sticky Asian Barbecued Baby Back Ribs here!

Tamarind and Sumac Lamb Ribs

Tamarind and Sumac Lamb Ribs

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Greek-style lamb ribs make the perfect complement to any tabbouleh, couscous, or cucumber salad. Serve them with warm pita bread for an easy and delicious meal.

Click here for the recipe!

Tamarind-Braised Short Ribs

Tamarind-Braised Short Ribs

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A mix of balsamic vinegar, dark brown sugar, tamarind paste, and white wine gives these beefy ribs a sweet and delicious flavor. They also cook low and slow for a long period of time, making them fall-off-the-bone tender.

Find this recipe for Tamarind-Braised Short Ribs here

Texas Beef Ribs

Every great chef knows that you don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a dish great. Clint Cantwell, editor at Grillocaracy.com and Kingsford.com and award-winning pitmaster, uses a crazy simple spice rub in this recipe for easy-to-make beef ribs.

Find his recipe here!

Vietnamese Spareribs with Chile and Lemongrass

These ribs are flavorful and bright thanks to the additions of lemongrass and cilantro. They are steam-baked until tender then broiled, making the meat tender and the exterior crispy.

Check out this recipe for Vietnamese Spareribs with Chile and Lemongrass here.