How to Cook Pork Ribs- 4 Easy Ways

pork ribs

Melt-in-your-mouth tender ribs are not only easy to make at home, but are a great option for parties and even simple weeknight dinners. There are a range of options to achieve that tender texture and bold flavor. Follow our how to cook pork rib guide and start making your next rack of ribs.

grilled pork ribs


Grilled Pork Ribs

Ribs can be slow cooked on the grill over low heat or cooked a little faster at medium-low heat in just about 40 minutes.

Be sure to preheat your grill to brown the meat first. For gas, that means starting grills 10 minutes before, charcoal grills will need about 40 minutes. Season your ribs with salt and pepper (or whatever your recipe recommends) and get started.

For quick cooking: grill on each side for 2-3 minutes, adding seasoning or basting if desired, for a total of 35 minutes of cooking time.

For slower cooking: keep on grill for 1 ½ to 2 hours, turning as needed.


smoked pork ribs


Smoked Pork Ribs

Use a smoker or transform your grill into a smoker by adding 5 cups of mesquite briquettes on one side of your grill. Heat until the coals are gray and ashy, around 325° F. Add mesquite wood chips into your smoker box and additional briquettes as needed to keep slow smoking fire going. Remove the ribs after 1 ½ hours when tender and bone is easily removed.




baked ribs


Baked Pork Ribs

Stay inside and bake your ribs. Start by preheating your oven to 275° F, then adding ½ to 1 inch of water into the bottom of a broiling pan to add moisture to the meat as it cooks. Place ribs on the pan in the oven and cook for 2 hours or until internal temperature reads 145° F.

*Tip: To get a smoky grilled flavor, you can start your baked ribs on the grill and then finish them off in the oven.







ribs in slow cooker


Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

Easily the simplest way to satisfy your rib cravings! Season your ribs, then place them meaty side down into your slow cooker on low heat. Set the timer for 6-8 hours and enjoy!









Additional tips from the pros:
  • Remove the silvery membrane from the back of your ribs before you start. It can become chewy and hard when cooked. 
  • Twenty minutes before the ribs are done is the best time to add sauce. It gives the sauce time to carmelize onto the meat. More than 20 minutes may cause the sauce to burn, creating a charred taste.
See our selection of fresh, never frozen pork ribs online and in stores. To learn more about how to cook pork ribs, select from our chef-tested pork rib recipes

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