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About Ribs on the Charcoal Grill

This ribs with barbecue sauce recipe covers basically any type of beef or port ribs on the charcoal grill. There are enough notes to guide you when to turn the ribs, cover the grill, temps to maintain, and timings. Instead of regular BBQ sauce, you can also choose to use this Enhanced BBQ Sauce or this Southern FAST Vinegar-based BBQ Sauce. Also, click if you want to use a more formal dry rub just for pork. You can also store for future quick usage.

This covers a ton of options for cooking ribs on the charcoal grill. BBQ sauce or dry rub. Faster cooking, slow, or smoked. Beef or pork.
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Also, you can add this side of corn on the cob on the grill at the last portion of the ribs cooking time. Or, you could add some Brats for all indirect heat for that last 30-40 minutes of the ribs. Other good sides for these ribs are mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, and countless others.

Here’s a few more answered questions that some people have had.

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Ribs on the Charcoal Grill

Jeff Baygents
This covers a ton of options for cooking ribs on the charcoal grill. BBQ sauce or dry rub. Faster cooking, slow, or smoked. Beef or pork.
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Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 689kcal


  • 4 lbs country style ribs country style w/bone or ⅔ amount if boneless
  • 10 oz BBQ Sauce is about ½ of 18 oz bottle

Rub Option 1: Basic Rub Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Rub Option 2: Dry Rub for Pork


  • Preheat the grill to be able to cook around 325°-375°F. for about an hour or more (plenty of charcoal). Rinse the rib slab(s) and place on a large cutting board.
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  • Choose just one "Rub Option" and combine the spices into a small dish. Rub spices onto the ribs, both sides.
    1 tsp Ground Black Pepper, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp Garlic Powder
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  • Choose 1 option: Leave as slabs (uncut), or cut into individual slabs (serving portions), or cut into individual ribs.
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  • Place the ribs on the grill on indirect heat (not directly over the charcoal). Close grill lid. Use vents to control cooking heat to be about 325-375°F.
    In ½ hour, turn the ribs, brush BBQ sauce (or enhanced BBQ sauce) on top, and close lid again.
    In another ½ hour, brush BBQ sauce on top, then turn the ribs and brush that side. Decide how much longer to cook, if any. It will usually be dependent on the ribs size and the temperature having been maintained. For larger, meatier ribs or lower cooking temps, cover the grill and potentially finish in 10-30 minutes. They will be more tender if you go the full 30 minutes.
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Options of pork or beef, bone-in or boneless.  The example uses country style, bone-in.  Ribs with bone-in generally taste a bit better than boneless.  Usually, you serve about 1 pound of ribs per person.  You can serve about 1/2 to 2/3 amount if using boneless ribs.


Calories: 689kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 917mg | Potassium: 1133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg



How long do you cook ribs on the grill wrapped in foil?

Generally, the time is reduced about 1/3. So, while still on indirect heat, these would take about 40 minutes, if the grill cooking temp is about 350-375F. They’ll be more tender if you go a full hour. They will cook faster if you put them on direct heat (open lid) for the first 10 minutes (in foil) and then turn them and conclude on indirect heat (closed grill lid).

How long do you cook ribs on the grill at 300 degrees?

This is how long to grill ribs at 300 degrees F. It usually is no less than 90 minutes and generally it will conclude after 2 hours. That’s if maintaining that temp, grill lid covered, and turning ribs once half-way through, all while on indirect heat.

Can you make smoking beef ribs on a charcoal grill?

Yes, if you can maintain the temp and keep the charcoal refilled appropriately. This also works well for pork but potentially about 1/2 hour shorter. You cook them on indirect heat, at about 250-275 degrees for about 3-4 hours. You usually will have to refill the charcoal about every 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can turn the ribs when you open the cover to refill the charcoal. Maintain the grill with a covered lid during cooking.

How do you have dry rub ribs on a charcoal grill?

You can follow the above recipe without using any BBQ sauce. However, there’s one small change. Initially, when placing the ribs to cook, put them on Direct Heat (on the grill over the charcoal) for about 5 minutes (open lid), turn it once and repeat for another side. Then, turn again and place onto indirect heat. Finish them out for about another 45-65 minutes, grill covered, no more turning, maintaining temp about 350-375 degrees F.


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