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BBQ RIbs On a Kettle Grill

Delicious BBQ Ribs on a kettle grill.



  • A rack of ribs (more if you have a rib rack)
  • Some BBQ rub
  • Some BBQ sauce (optional)
  • A couple of beers to keep you company while you cook (optional)
  • A bag of charcoal
  • Some wood chunks of your choice
  • Instructions



  1. First, you will need to prepare your ribs by removing the membrane on the inner side of the rack of ribs. You can trim them Kansas City or St. Louis style if you wish…. or you can do like I did and take off the flap of meat on the membrane side of the rack.
  2. After your rack of ribs is trimmed, coat it with a generous amount of your favorite BBQ rub on all sides. Steps 1 & 2 can be done a day ahead of time. Be sure to refrigerate your meat and make sure that it is stored in such a way that it doesn’t come into contact with any other food.
  3. Remove the top grate from your grill. Light one charcoal chimney starter full of coals. After the coals have ashed over, pour them onto one side of the kettle. Offsetting the lit charcoal is crucial because it sets up your BBQ for cooking with indirect heat. It is also essential to be extremely careful here because those coals are scorching.
  4. Add a couple of chunks of hickory over the coals, replace the top grate, cover your grill and close the vents. Wait about 15 minutes.
  5. Add your ribs to the top grate of your grill opposite the hot coals. Cover the grill and wait four to five hours depending on your heat. Try to keep your grill temperature between 225º and 250º F. It’s o.k. if you run a little hot, just check on your ribs periodically and make sure that they aren’t getting too toasty. If your grill is running a little cold, open up the vents a little and let ins some air.
  6. Pop open a cold one and put your feet up.
  7. You may wish to glaze your ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce or some honey about a half hour before removing them from the grill.
  8. Remove your ribs from your grill and let them rest for 10 to 15 minutes. A sheet pan is perfect for this. Cut up the rack of ribs, serve, and enjoy.
  • Author: BBQ Junkie