Grilled BBQ Short Ribs with Dry Rub


These grilled short ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender thanks to foil packets that keep all the savory flavor inside.

looking down at a plate of grilled bbq short rib
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 4 pounds beef short ribs (bone-in), trimmed of fat

  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil

  • ½ cup barbecue sauce, plus additional for serving


  1. Mix brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, salt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl.

  2. Cut ribs into 4 equal portions. Generously rub spice mixture onto all surfaces of ribs; place ribs in a single layer in a glass baking dish. Cover and refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Preheat grill to medium indirect heat, 375 to 400 degrees F (190 to 200 degrees C).

  4. Center one portion ribs on a 12x18-inch sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil; add 2 ice cubes. Bring up the foil sides, then double-fold the top and ends to seal the packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Repeat to make 3 more packets.

  5. Arrange packets over indirect heat on the preheated grill. Cover and cook until tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

  6. Uncover the grill. Keeping the foil packets on the grill, open them carefully by cutting along the top folds with a sharp knife, allowing steam to escape; then proceed to open packets fully.

  7. Brush ribs with about 1/2 cup barbecue sauce. Move packets over direct heat, cover, and continue grilling, turning once, until ribs are browned and crisp, about 5 minutes more.

  8. Serve with additional barbecue sauce as desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1007 Calories
84g Fat
17g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1007
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 84g 108%
Saturated Fat 35g 177%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 1054mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 600mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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