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Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs Recipe

RIBS!!! Fall off the bone, tender, moist, and SO flavorful RIBS! Grilled low and slow to perfection. Just brush with a tangy bbq sauce for lip-smacking deliciousness. This easy recipe makes it a no brainer for easy summertime entertaining. Suggestion, double or triple the recipe so you have enough! After making these dozens of times there are never any leftovers. (oven cooked option available too)

These are great with honey butter corn but go equally well with Green Chili Au Gratin Potatoes for a full meal!

plate of tender baby back ribs with sauce slathered on them

This Fall off the Bone BBQ Ribs Recipe will amaze you at how simple and how little time it will actually take you to make them. Seasoned with just a few ingredients (a dry rib rub below or try this homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe for a little kick.) These grilled baby back pork ribs work with or without barbecue sauce!

This easy BBQ ribs recipe is ideal for entertaining– you can spend about 15 minutes prepping the ribs, then put them on the grill to cook.

More time with your family and very little clean-up. Sounds like a win/win in my book.

After reading this you’ll have the tips to know how to make ribs tender and guaranteed way for fall off the bone baby back ribs!

fall off the bone tender BBQ ribs, with a brush and a bowl of tangy bbq sauce on a serving tray. One whole rack, and one rack cut into bite sized pieces.

How to make tender ribs on the grill?

  • The first tip when cooking ribs is to always remove the silver skin membrane. Take a sharp knife and lift up the membrane at one end on the backside (or bone side) of the baby backs. If you use a paper towel once you start to pull it up it will come up super easily. You can check out this video from Barbecue Tricks to see the exact way to do it.
  • By removing that silver skin membrane the rub will penetrate both sides of the meat; it also removes that tough to chew piece from the back of the ribs so it allows for the ribs to give you the most tender meat possible.
  • Rub the dry spice rub onto both sides of the ribs to add flavor to every bite.
  • Grilling on indirect heat at a low temp for a longer time also adds to the tenderness; the ribs breakdown, but doesn’t dry out and get burned by being on high heat.
  • Grill the pork back ribs on indirect heat. Turn on the burners to low temperature heat. If you have a large grill, turn on the two outer burners and then set the ribs on the section where there are no flames. If you have a smaller grill, heat one side and leave the other side of the grill off.
  • You may want to cut a full rack of ribs to smaller racks to fit on a smaller grill so they are completely off of any flame while slow cooking.
  • If you want you can create a drip pan by making a foil pan with aluminum foil underneath them. Since it’s indirect heat you can lay the tray just below the ribs underneath the cooking grate where there is no flames to catch the drippings.

How long does it take for ribs to cook on the grill?

Baby back ribs on low temperature heat (grill temperature 275°) take about 3 to  3 1/2  hours to cook. Ribs are cooked at 145° but they start to fall off the bone around 200°


PRO TIP:  If you don’t have a thermometer to know when the ribs are done, the best way to tell is to use tongs to lift the ribs. If when you lift them, the bones pull away from the meat you know they are done. (Use a wide spatula type tool to lift them off the grill so they don’t fall lifting them off the heat)

two pieces of ribs on a plate next to a tray with bbq sauce slathered on it

How to grill ribs on a charcoal grill  

You’ll set your charcoal only on one side and let them get super hot, then allow them to get to medium/ low heat before placing the ribs on the non-heated side. Because it takes 2-3 hours to grill the ribs, you may need to add some coals to the bbq. You’ll need to pay special attention that the grill does not get too hot.

How to make baby back ribs in the oven

Grilling not an option? It’s super easy to make tender ribs in the oven too. Depending on the size of your oven you may need to cut them into smaller racks. Bake them in the oven at 275° wrapped in foil for 2 hours. Then remove the foil and cook for an additional 1 to 1.5 hours until the ribs temp is 200° or you can easily pull the meat off the bone (ie fall of the bone.)

The first time I made these in the oven someone had given me some apple wood chips, so I now add a small pan of soaked wood chips to impart some nice flavors when I make them in the oven.

BBQ Beef Ribs on the gas grill

This recipe is easily adapted to beef ribs. Follow the directions as listed but you’ll have to probably cook them a little bit longer, but temp them at and internal temperature of 200° or test by making sure the meat easily pulls away from the bone.

Ribs stacked on a white paper with corn in back

Variations for the best Fall off the Bone BBQ Ribs Recipe:

  • Serve these with or without sauce. This Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce is our favorite BBQ Sauce! The sauce goes on at the very last minute, if you put the sauce on too early, the sugar/ brown sugar will cause over-browning/burning.
  • I’ve included a recipe for a tangy BBQ sauce that you can make while the ribs are cooking, but if you don’t want to go to the effort, buy your favorite store-bought one and brush them on in the last 15 minutes of cooking so they get a nice char.
  • This recipe uses baby back ribs, but it will work with any kind of ribs although you will have to adjust the cooking times. (beef ribs, spare ribs, country style ribs)
  • Alternative to grilling them ribs can be made in the oven. Bake at 275°-300° for 3- 3 1/2 hours.  Lemon Blossoms also has an excellent recipe for BBQ Ribs in the Oven with Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce  
  • Want a variation for the dry rub? Here is a simple dry rub recipe in this recipe for Beef Ribs Recipe here!
This Oven Baked Beef Ribs recipe is so easy. Dry rubbed with delicious seasoning, low temp bake yield fall off the bone tender, juicy  meaty ribs that will be the hit of any BBQ party all in less than 15 minutes of work!   

Looking for other BBQ side dishes to go with your ribs? Check out these other recipes:

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Yield: 6 servings (ribs only)

Fall off the bone tender BBQ Ribs Recipe

Grilled low and slow yields fall off the bone tender BBQ ribs, brush with a tangy bbq sauce for lip smacking deliciousness. Perfect for summertime entertaining!

Grilled low and slow yields Fall off the Bone tender BBQ Ribs, brush with a tangy bbq sauce for lip smacking deliciousness. Perfect for summertime entertaining!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes


  • 2 racks Baby Back ribs

Dry Rib Rub

Tangy BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Turn on grill to medium-low , about 275°.  
  2. Rinse ribs and pat dry with a paper towel.  Remove membrane on back of each rack of ribs.  Slide a knife in at top under membrane and use your fingers to pull away.  Then use a dry paper towel to hold membrane and pull it all of the way back and remove completely. 
  3. In a small bowl mix seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne and mix well.  Then sprinkle generously over both sides of ribs.  Using your fingers rub the spice rub into ribs to coat well.
  4. Using the off-heat method cook ribs. If your grill has five burners, turn on the outer 2 burners, and leave off the three middle ones. If you only have 4 burners, then turn on two on one side, and leave the other two off. 
  5. You will place the ribs bone side down onto the non flame area of the grill. (No need to flip them during grilling.
  6. Place ribs meaty side up on the grates over the burners that are OFF. 
  7. Close the lid, and check the ribs periodically to make sure they aren't burning at the point where the tips may be over a burner with a flame. As the ribs are cooking they will start to shrink a little, so if they are slightly over the flames, as they cook, move them away from the flame.
  8. Cook the ribs for 3--3 1/2 hours until the meat is browned and tender. You can either brush the bbq sauce on in the last 15 minutes or let your guests decide if they want BBQ sauce and have them apply it themselves. (these ribs are very good with just the rub!). **See instructions in post for cooking the ribs in the oven***
  9. While the ribs are grilling, place all ingredients for the tangy BBQ sauce in a small sauce pan and stir to mix completely.  Once mixed together, turn on heat to high to bring to a boil.  Once the sauce is at a boil reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for 30 minutes until slightly thickened.  Serve brushed on the ribs or as a side to be applied as needed.



Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 servings (ribs only)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 546Saturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 1893mgCarbohydrates: 28gSugar: 24gProtein: 44g

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