Grilling BBQ Ribs on a Gas Grill

Grilling BBQ ribs on a gas grill? Sounds tasty! Here's how I do it:

  1. Prepare the ribs by removing the membrane from the back.
  2. Rub the ribs with your favorite seasoning or BBQ rub.
  3. Preheat the gas grill to medium heat.
  4. Place the ribs on the grill bone-side down.
  5. Close the lid and let them cook for about 1.5 to 2 hours, turning occasionally.
  6. Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce during the last 15-30 minutes of cooking.
  7. Check for doneness by seeing if the meat easily pulls away from the bone.
  8. Once they're done, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  9. Serve and enjoy your delicious BBQ ribs!

Best Ingredients for BBQ Ribs

Juicy Ribs on a Gas Grill
  • Ribs: Choose baby back or spare ribs based on your preference.
  • Dry Rub: Create a flavorful mix of spices like paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • BBQ Sauce: Pick your favorite store-bought or homemade sauce.
  • Gas Grill: Make sure it's clean and in good working condition.
  • Aluminum Foil: Essential for the cooking process.

BBQ Rib Step-by-Step Guide

Grilled Ribs with a Side of Egg Salad


  1. Preheat the Grill: Fire up your gas grill and preheat it to around 225°F to 250°F (107°C to 121°C).
  2. Prepare the Ribs: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and apply the dry rub generously. Let them sit for at least 30 minutes to absorb the flavors.


  1. Indirect Heat: Place the ribs on the grill away from direct heat. Maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process.
  2. Low and Slow: Cook the ribs for 2 to 3 hours, depending on the thickness, using indirect heat. This low and slow method ensures tenderness.

Wrapping (The Texas Crutch):

  1. Wrap in Foil: Lay out a sheet of aluminum foil, place the ribs meat-side down, add a layer of foil, and seal the edges. Cook for an additional 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Optional Glazing: Unwrap the ribs, brush on your favorite BBQ sauce, and cook for an extra 30 minutes to caramelize the sauce.

Checking Doneness:

  1. Bend Test: Lift the ribs with tongs—if they bend and crack slightly, they're ready.
  2. Temperature Check: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches at least 190°F (88°C).

The 3 2 1 Method

The 3-2-1 method for grilling ribs involves three stages of cooking with different times:

  1. 3 Hours: Start by cooking the ribs uncovered on the grill for three hours.
  2. 2 Hours: After the initial three hours, wrap the ribs in foil and continue cooking for an additional two hours. This helps to tenderize the meat and lock in moisture.
  3. 1 Hour: Finally, unwrap the ribs and cook them for the last hour, brushing them with BBQ sauce during this time to add flavor and create a sticky glaze.

Grilling Tip for Ribs

When grilling ribs on a gas grill, place the ribs bone-side down on the grill. This allows the meat to cook evenly and helps prevent it from drying out.