The Ultimate Homemade BBQ Sticky Grilled Ribs!

The secret to perfect sticky grilled ribs is in the homemade barbecue sauce that perfectly complements the tender and juicy meat! The sauce is a delicious blend of sweet and savoury flavours that will have everyone licking their fingers!

Course: Dinner
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 3hrs 30 mins
Total time: 3hrs 50 mins
Calories: 654kcal

• 2 kg (4lbs) pork ribs (spare ribs/belly ribs/baby back ribs)
• 2 tbsp brown sugar
• 1 tbsp salt
• 2 tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 4 cup apple juice (you can substitute with stock or water)

Barbecue sauce:
• 1 cup tomato ketchup
• ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
• 3 tbsp cider / Balsamic vinegar
• 3 tbsp brown sugar
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• 1-2 tsp salt

• Preheat the grill.
• If your ribs still have the membrane/silver skin on the back of the rack attached, remove it by loosening the skin with a knife until you can grab it with a piece of paper towel. Pull the membrane off and discard.
• Combine the salt, sugar, smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder and generously season the ribs on both sides.
• Place in two baking dishes or foil trays.
• Pour in the apple juice, cover with foil and place in the oven.
• Allow to bake for 2½-3 hours or until the ribs are tender.
• To make the barbecue sauce, combine the tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, smoked paprika and garlic powder in a small saucepan.
• Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes until the sauce is thick and smooth and the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
• Once the ribs are tender, remove them from the oven and set aside while you prepare the grill.
• Preheat the grill for at least 5 minutes. Heat should be medium-high as you don’t want the barbecue sauce to burn before the ribs are glazed.
• Brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce then place on the grill.
• Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes per side, brushing the ribs regularly with the barbecue sauce.
• Remove the ribs from the grill, allow to rest for 5 minutes then slice and serve.