Quick Baby Back Ribs


Learn how to grill ribs on charcoal fast with this easy recipe. The ribs won't be tough, like smoked ribs, or fall off the bone, like braised ribs. These ribs are done the right way, and I've never had better ribs than this.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
1 rack of ribs


  • 1 cup mesquite chips, soaked

  • 1 (2 pound) slab baby back pork ribs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme

  • 1 cup barbeque sauce


  1. Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat with a pile of charcoal on one side and nothing under the food. Once it is going, spread soaked mesquite woodchips on top of charcoal embers.

  2. Remove membrane from ribs. Combine salt, pepper, paprika, chile powder, and thyme in a small bowl; rub into ribs. Cut the slab of ribs in half.

  3. Place ribs over indirect heat; close the lid. Cook for 20 minutes, then brush ribs with barbeque sauce. Cover and continue cooking for 30 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

465 Calories
30g Fat
24g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 1388mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 464mg 10%

* 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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