BBQ Party Ribs are a super easy, hands off way to get dinner on the table for a party! This bbq rib recipe is so easy, you’ll be making it all the time!
Can I Make BBQ Ribs Ahead Of Time?
Ribs are SO easy to make for a crowd because you can pre-cook them low and slow in your oven and then finish them off on the grill when it’s time for dinner. You can even cook the ribs in the oven a day or two before your party!
So pre-cook your ribs, let them cool, them wrap them in foil and put them into your refrigerator until dinner time comes.
The secret to getting super tender, fall off the bone ribs is to cook them in your oven at a low temperature for a few hours before getting them on the grill with your BBQ sauce. Then just throw the ribs on the grill, baste them with your BBQ sauce of choice and these ribs will be done in minutes!
What Kind Of BBQ Sauce Do You Use For BBQ Ribs?
If we’re making BBQ ribs for a party, which means we’re making a LOT of ribs, I like to use a couple of different kinds of BBQ sauce for a little variety in flavor. Because some like it sweet, some like it smokey and some like their BBQ ribs a little on the spicy side.
This way you can please everyone, right? Baste a couple of racks of ribs in each flavor sauce then cut them into sections and set the ribs out on different platters to serve.
WHEN Do You Put The BBQ Sauce On The Ribs?
This is where a lot of people get confused, don’t want to Add the sauce to your ribs too early on in the game. Most BBQ sauce has a good amount of sugar in it so if the sauce is on the grill too long it will burn.
Get your ribs on the grill and give them a few minutes to warm through first – THEN once they are warm you can start basting the ribs with the BBQ sauce.
Since the ribs have already cooked in the oven, the only job you’re doing on the grill is warming them up (if you’ve made them ahead of time and had them in the refrigerator) and getting the sauce on.
And yes, we LOVE serving BBQ Ribs for parties, but we actually make them pretty often just for dinner. Our boys absolutely love ribs (and so do we) so we do make them a lot.
If we’re making ribs for a dinner at home, we like to serve them with slices of buttered Texas toast for an easy side, but Cheesy Garlic Bread is one of our new favorite side dishes to serve with this BBQ rib recipe!
Take a look at that set up – make these ribs for ANY party and you are going to be a rockstar!
It’s funny how we think of ribs as more of a summer time meal? Well, I guess we do make ribs more in the summer but we actually make ribs all year long.
They are just too good to limit to only eating them in the warm weather, especially if you live in New Jersey like we do and those are only a few months out of the year.
What Can I Serve With BBQ Ribs?
There’s really so many options here, you can go to our SIDE DISH MENU and take a look! But here are a few of our favorite options:
This super tender BBQ Rib recipe is an easy, hands off dinner for any dinner or party!
- (4) 3 lb. pork baby back ribs
- BBQ Sauce, your favorite kind or a few different flavors
For the Dry Rub
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Add all the ingredients for the dry rub to a small bowl and mix together.
- Divide the rub evenly between the four slabs of ribs and rub in well on both sides.
- Wrap each slab of ribs tightly in foil then place onto a baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until tender.
- At this point you can cool the ribs and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before cooking.
- When you’re ready to grill the ribs, preheat your grill to medium heat, then place each slab of ribs onto the grill.
- Let the ribs warm up for a few minutes, then start to baste the ribs with bbq sauce on the bottom side of the rack. Let the sauce set on the bottom for 2-3 minutes, then flip the racks over to the top and baste with BBQ sauce generously. Close the lid and let the sauce set for 2-3 minutes on the top. Baste with one more layer of sauce and remove the ribs from the grill.
- Let the ribs rest for a couple of minutes, then slice into sections (2-3 ribs per sections) and serve with extra sauce on the side if desired.
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