Recipe By Chef John
Published Jul 1st
Easy Grilled Sticky Ribs
Prep 15m Cook 2h 15m Additional 2h 30m Ready In 5h
Servings - Calories 889.6

I’m showing you my favorite way to grill ribs, which of course, is not the same as barbecued ribs. Those are cooked low and slow in a smoker and served as-is, with BBQ sauce on the side. Whereas, these are cooked first, then sliced, and then each rib is glazed with our beautiful sticky sauce on the grill.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. 2 Mix salt, sugar, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder for dry rub together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. 3 Line a large sheet pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place rack of ribs on the prepared pan, bone side down. Poke all over with a sharp knife. Make shallow slits across at an angle, and then repeat the opposite way; this allows the dry rub to penetrate. Coat on both sides with rub; flip back over, ensuring the bone side is down. Wrap tightly with foil.
  4. 4 Transfer to the center of the preheated oven and bake for 2 hours. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  5. 5 Preheat a charcoal grill until coals are very ashy and hot.
  6. 6 Remove from the refrigerator, unwrap, and brush off excess fat. Slice between the bones to separate each rib.
  7. 7 Combine ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and cayenne with a spoon in a bowl for glaze.
  8. 8 Place ribs on the preheated grill and cook for 2 minutes; flip and brush over glaze. Flip and repeat process until ribs are as caramelized as you prefer, about 10 minutes more.
  9. 9 Remove to a plate and brush over one more application of glaze. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 889.6
  • Carbohydrate 24.5 g
  • Cholesterol 255.2 mg
  • Fat 59.1 g
  • Fiber 0.6 g
  • Protein 66 g
  • Saturated Fat 21 g
  • Sodium 2892 mg


  1. Tender and delicious!
  2. Pretty foolproof way to make ribs everyone will love. The taste:effort ratio is high (or low, depending on your point of view). Low effort, high taste, in other words. People who have never cooked ribs before will think you're amazing.
  3. These turned out really well! I could have baked them longer but didn't check them before I put them in the fridge. The flavor was great, and everyone loved them. Will do these again because the process was so easy to follow!
  4. Definitely a great rib recipe without needing to bust out the smoker. I recommend doubling the sauce recipe (and maybe adding chipotle) for a stickier rib.