There’s something incredibly satisfying about enjoying a plate of perfectly cooked BBQ ribs. It’s an American classic, a staple at summer cookouts and a dish that truly showcases the art of grilling. Today, I’m excited to share with you a recipe for slow-cooked BBQ ribs that are guaranteed to be super delicious, tender, and packed with flavor.


  • 2 racks of pork ribs (about 3-4 lbs each)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a spicy kick)
  • 2 cups of apple juice or beer (for the braising liquid)


  • Preparation: Start by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs, as this will allow the flavors to penetrate more deeply. Mix together the dry ingredients – salt, pepper, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper – to create your rub.
  • Apply the Rub: Coat the ribs generously on both sides with the rub. Let them sit for at least 30 minutes, or ideally, refrigerate them overnight to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Slow Cooking: Preheat your oven to 275°F (135°C). Place the ribs in a large baking dish and pour the apple juice or beer around them. Cover tightly with foil and slow cook in the oven for about 2-3 hours. The ribs should be tender but not falling apart.
  • Grilling: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the ribs from the oven and coat them with the barbecue sauce. Grill the ribs for about 5-10 minutes on each side, until the sauce caramelizes and you get those beautiful grill marks.
  • Rest and Serve: Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before cutting into individual pieces. Serve with extra barbecue sauce on the side and your favorite sides like coleslaw, corn on the cob, or baked beans.
  • Enjoy: Dig in and enjoy the succulent, smoky, and slightly sweet flavors of your slow-cooked BBQ ribs!

Tips and Tricks

  • Choosing the Ribs: Look for ribs that have a good amount of meat and are not too fatty.
  • Marination Time: The longer you can marinate the ribs with the dry rub, the better the flavor will be.
  • Braising Liquid: Apple juice adds a subtle sweetness, but you can experiment with other liquids like beer or even cola for a unique twist.
  • Checking for Doneness: The meat should shrink back from the bones, and the ribs should bend easily but not break apart.

There you have it – a mouthwatering recipe for slow-cooked BBQ ribs that are sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Remember, the key to perfect ribs is patience and allowing the flavors to develop slowly. So fire up that grill, and get ready for some seriously tasty ribs!

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