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BBQ Ribs

Amazing pork side ribs cooked over low heat to perfection. There's a simple rub on them to add some zing and some extra kick. These ribs are so amazing I might have to make them again tomorrow. Or right now!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours


  • 3 pounds of pork side ribs

For the Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons of Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons of Alaea Salt Hawaiian Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • Big Dash of Crushed Red Pepper
  • Dash of Chili Powder
  • Dash of Black Pepper I'm not a huge fan of pepper so sometimes I just leave it out
  • 1 cup of BBQ Sauce pick your fave


  1. Set a pan of water on one side of your grill prior to turning on. This will be the side you are using for indirect heat. Make sure you put the grate back on.
  2. Preheat grill to about 200 minimum or 225 degrees maximum F. You are only turning on one side of your grill. Remember indirect heat for low and slow recipes.
  3. Take your ribs out of the fridge so they have time to hit room temperature. Usually I'll rub them the night before but this recipe was done on the fly on a busy day so I rubbed about 30-45 minutes before they hit the grill.
  4. In a small bowl mix your rub ingredients. Now pour then over the ribs, coating all sides as you go. Rub them into the meat gently. Allow to stand till ready to grill.
  5. Place the ribs over indirect heat on the side the water is on. Put the lid down.
  6. Full on time is going to be about 3 hour minimum to cook these properly, up to 4 if you cook at 200 and the ribs are thick. After about 1 1/2 hours you can flip them. Put the lid back down and walk away. Cook for another 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Take a good look at your ribs. If they are super thick you can leave them for another 30 minutes over indirect heat.
  8. If they are thinner you can get ready to move them over to direct heat.
  9. Turn the grill up to a medium heat (350 to 400 degrees approximately for these) and brush some oil on the grates.
  10. Now use your tongs to move your ribs over to the other side. Baste with sauce and allow them to cook until they get nice grill marks, then flip and add more sauce. I flip one more time to sear the sauce right in there. There's nothing better to me then charred sauce on meat. I'm weird like that.
  11. Once both sides are browned you can remove them.
  12. Serve with a big old messy smile!

Recipe Notes

These ribs are not smoked more because I was sort of rushing about before I made them. I like smoking them so I'll be sure to post some smoked ribs soon with meat that falls off the bone. This was low and slow cooking but fast and loose prep. It's a busy mom "thang".