Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Here are some tips on grilling ribs that I heard. Always cook on INDIRECT heat. You could cover the ribs with a cake pan to help trap in more heat. To test for doneness do the wiggle test. Grab one of the bones and give it a wiggle and if the bone pulls away from the meat they are ready to eat. One more tip, a good rule of thumb is to buy 1 pound of ribs for every person you will be serving. Baby back ribs will have more meat on them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl mix together all seasonigs.
  2. Rub seasoning on all surfaces of the ribs.
  3. Place ribs on a medium-hot grill over INDIRECT heat.
  4. Close grill hood and grill until ribs are tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  5. Add charcoal as needed.
  6. You want the grill temperature around 325-350 degrees.
Most Helpful

This is a wonderful way to cook baby back ribs. I omited the salt because the dry spices and chili powder already have some salt in them and the ribs didn't seems to need any. Charlotte, this is the first time I ever made ribs with a dry rub and no sauce and I really liked them a lot this way. This will also be great in the winter cooked in the oven. Thanks Charlotte for posting this recipe that we will be making again.

ellie_ July 23, 2003

GREAT! I've done this twice now and both times it came out wonderful. I almost followed the recipe the first go-around, the change was to cook it in a Brinkman smoker with a water bath at 250 F. for 8 hours in a very light Alder smoke. I cooked the second one the same but I subed Smoked Chipote Powder for the Cayenne. Both times about 3/4 of the way through the barbarqueing my neighbor started a conversation over the fence which lasted 'til the ribs were done. It was only polite to invite him and his wife to dinner. We all send our Thanx.

Pierre Dance February 17, 2004

Very flavorful and tender! We modified the preparation and cooking procedures as follows: Started with brining for one hour in a solution of ice water, salt and sugar. Dried the ribs, rubbed in the spices (added 2 tablespoons of brown sugar) and let sit for an hour in the refrigerator. The ribs smoked over indirect direct heat for four hours on a low charcoal grill and then wrapped the ribs in foil, finished in oven for one hour at 325 degrees. We will definitely use the spice recipe again!

Mama Cee Jay June 18, 2007