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Country Style Beef Ribs on the Grill

To get the most out of your country-style beef ribs on the grill, understanding a bit about soul food is essential. Getting the best out of your rib cooking experience and providing a hearty meal to your family means knowing how to prepare and grill your meat. 

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 250kcal



  • 1.5 pounds of salt

  • 1 gallon of water

  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL chili powder.

  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL garlic powder.

  • Non-reactive container (or large plastic sealed bag)

Spice Rub

  • 1/2 cup/120 mL brown sugar.

  • 1/4 cup/60 mL paprika

  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL salt

  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL cayenne


  • Heat up the solution in a large pot. Be sure to dissolve all salt and spices.

  • Put your ribs in the non-reactive container.

  • Cover the ribs with the salt solution.

  • Use enough brine to immerse the ribs completely.

  • Brine your ribs for two hours at a cool temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Proceed to apply your spice rub and grill!

  • A dry rub requires only a mix of the above ingredients and a thorough application.

  • After mixing the above ingredients, rub the spice mixture well into all outside portions of the meat.

  • Some cooks perform a spice rub for up to ten minutes.

  • This helps to maximize the flavor distribution of these spices.

  • After applying the rub, let your ribs rest for ten minutes before proceeding.

  • The result is a more flavorful and complete meal.

  • After applying a brine and dry rub to your ribs, they’re ready to grill.

  • Place ribs directly on grill with tongs.

  • Cover and grill over indirect medium heat for 30 minutes on each side.

  • After the first hour, move the ribs to direct medium heat and cook for 40 minutes on each side.

  • The ribs should become tender at this stage

  • Occasionally turn the ribs and baste with a barbecue sauce per preference.

  • Test the ribs to ensure an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, or by using a toothpick.

  • Once tender and at temperature, remove the ribs and let them rest for ten minutes to complete the cooking process.

  • Baste again with sauce, if you prefer.

  • To serve country-style beef ribs, split up the portions of meat into manageable sections.

  • Use a sharp chef knife and cut into two-bone portions, ensuring that your cut is as close to the bone as possible. 

  • This ensures that there’s a lot of meat on each cut. 

  • When serving, you can provide a dipping sauce like barbecue to enhance the flavor.


Serving: 113g | Calories: 250kcal