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Grilled ribs: the recipe to keep the meat very tender

Grilled ribs

Grilling spare ribs isn't that difficult. Here are our tips for perfect cooking starting from the marinade of the meat.

The arrival of the warm season stirs in all of us the desire to dedicate ourselves to the preparation of barbecues and grills . Even those who usually don't lift a finger in the kitchen feel the call of charcoal and, as you can imagine, there is no self-respecting grilled meat without grilled ribs. But if you've ever tried to cook them, you know very well how difficult it can be to keep the meat tender and that's why we come to your rescue with our advice.

The first step to really delicious grilled pork ribs is marinating . Using wine or beer, the aromas of the drink will not only be released during cooking, but will allow you to keep the meat tender and succulent . The next step, perhaps the most critical one, is cooking , but even in this case, our steps will help you make no mistake. Ready to light the fires? So here's how to make perfect grilled pork ribs!

Grilled ribs
Grilled ribs

How to marinate ribs

First, buy the whole rack of pork and not the pre-trimmed ribs.

  1. Remove the cartilage and any excess fat . Not everything though, because it will help keep the meat tender. You should also remove the whitish membrane that can be seen on one side of the whisker ( the pleura ), alternatively you can engrave it with a knife with long diagonal cuts.
  2. Pour all the ingredients for marinating the pork ribs into a pan large enough to contain the meat: the wine , the whole garlic , the shallot slices, the rosemary needles and the peppercorns .
  3. Place the meat and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Leave the ribs to marinate for a couple of hours , turning them halfway through the time.

How to cook ribs on the grill

A requirement to obtain excellent ribs is to cook them at temperatures that are not too high for a long time . It goes without saying therefore that barbecues with lids will allow you to better control these parameters.

  1. After the marinating time, it's time to light the fires. To cook the ribs on the grill it is important to use indirect heat since the cooking times are quite long. If you have a charcoal barbecue (or with briquettes) prepare it for indirect cooking, in the case of the gas one instead light two side burners away from where you will place the meat.
  2. It is then possible to place the ribs lying down , in the traditional way, or standing up , with the help of the special support. In this case, make sure that the fattest and most fleshy part remains at the top so that the fat, dripping, keeps the meat tender.
  3. Indicatively, it will take 50-60 minutes at 170°C to obtain the correct cooking of the ribs.

The choice is yours whether to serve the ribs alone or with some sauce: we recommend the famous BBQ sauce , you won't regret it.

You will have understood then that little attention is enough to prepare an excellent dish. Also consult all our recipes to enrich your grilled meat !

And here is a video recipe to clean the ribs to perfection before marinating and cooking them:


It is always better to consume freshly grilled meat because it tends to dry out over time. However, if you have any leftovers, you can keep them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days . Leftover ribs are best reheated by wrapping them in aluminum foil and placing them in the oven at 150°C for 20-30 minutes.

Also try our baked ribs : an excellent idea for less sunny days !

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