Easy Grilled Sticky Ribs

Easy Grilled Sticky Ribs

I'm showing you my favorite way to grill ribs, which of course, is not the same as barbecued ribs. Those are cooked low and slow in a smoker and served as-is, with BBQ sauce on the side. Whereas, these are cooked first, then sliced, and then each rib is glazed with our beautiful sticky sauce on the grill.
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  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. Step 2

    Mix salt, sugar, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder for dry rub together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Step 3

    Line a large sheet pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place rack of ribs on the prepared pan, bone side down. Poke all over with a sharp knife. Make shallow slits across at an angle, and then repeat the opposite way; this allows the dry rub to penetrate. Coat on both sides with rub; flip back over, ensuring the bone side is down. Wrap tightly with foil.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer to the center of the preheated oven and bake for 2 hours. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  5. Step 5

    Preheat a charcoal grill until coals are very ashy and hot.
  6. Step 6

    Remove from the refrigerator, unwrap, and brush off excess fat. Slice between the bones to separate each rib.
  7. Step 7

    Combine ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and cayenne with a spoon in a bowl for glaze.
  8. Step 8

    Place ribs on the preheated grill and cook for 2 minutes; flip and brush over glaze. Flip and repeat process until ribs are as caramelized as you prefer, about 10 minutes more.
  9. Step 9

    Remove to a plate and brush over one more application of glaze. Serve.