Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs

Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs


"These ribs will have the smoky flavor without all the grilling time. It takes just 30 minutes on the grill to give the ribs that smoky flavor Southerners expect. You can use this recipe for spare ribs too, just bake for 15 minutes longer."
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1 h 50 m servings 519 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 519 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 35.5 g
  • 55%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.5g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 25 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 132 mg
  • 44%
  • Sodium:
  • 721 mg
  • 29%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place ribs in two 10x15 inch roasting pans. Pour water and red wine vinegar into a bowl, and stir. Pour diluted vinegar over ribs and cover with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Baste the ribs with their juices halfway through cooking.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together ketchup, water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, butter, brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer barbeque sauce for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  4. Lightly oil preheated grill. Transfer ribs from the oven to the grill, discarding cooking liquid. Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, turning ribs once. Baste ribs generously with barbeque sauce, and grill 8 minutes. Turn ribs, baste again with barbeque sauce, and grill 8 minutes.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.


  1. 227 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

I've been doing ribs by this method for years and you appreciate it even more in winter where grilling 5-6 hr ribs is not an option. (In winter, you would finish this recipe off topped with the...

Most helpful critical review

I was really disappointed with this recipe. It ended up being just okay. The auce was way too thin and tangy for my taste. The meat turned out pretty good, but I just expected so much more, e...

I've been doing ribs by this method for years and you appreciate it even more in winter where grilling 5-6 hr ribs is not an option. (In winter, you would finish this recipe off topped with the...

Whole family just LOVED these!! I cut the recipe in half and only thing I changed was cooking method. I didn't grill them, after cooking them with water and vinegar for an hr. and making the sau...

I fancy myself a good bbq'er, and am always open to new ideas and techniques. My Dad taught me everything I know, and I've read and experimented like mad to get better. So when I sprung this lit...

We loved this recipe, the ribs were tender and we like them that way! The only thing I changed was added a little onion powder to the sauce and a little bit more brown sugar. This was wonderful ...

Great to bake ahead of time and grill whenever the bbq was ready - after appetizers and drinks were going,so I could appreciate the guests. Everyone wanted the recipe from the person in charge ...

The sauce for this recipe is fabulous! It was great to use everything right out of my pantry, I even added a little (2T) maple syrup to give a extra sweetness. I had bought some spare ribs on sa...

FANTASTIC!! My husband and I tried these. They were wonderful and full of flavor. We made 1-1/2 times the sauce for 8 lbs. of ribs. Added a little more brown sugar. After the required grill...

Finally a BBQ sauce that's not too vinegar-y! I made boneless country ribs, and they were delicious! The sauce is wonderful and could be used for many different dishes. Thanks for a BBQ sauce...

Wonderful! We loved them. Found a great new way to cook ribs!