How To Marinate Ribs For Grilling

Gather ribs, and prepare a marinade (like soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and spices).

Trim ribs, and place them in bag or food storage container.

Mix marinade, pour over ribs, seal, and refrigerate for 4 hours(or overnight).

Remove the ribs, let the excess marnade drip, grill over medium heat, basting if desired.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Marinated Rack of Ribs

Selecting Ribs:

  • Type of Ribs: Choose between baby back ribs or spare ribs based on your preference.
  • Trimming: Remove excess fat and the membrane from the back of the ribs for better flavor absorption.

Creating the Marinade:

  • Base Ingredients: Combine oil (olive or vegetable), acid (vinegar or citrus juice), and a sweet element (brown sugar or honey).
  • Flavor Enhancers: Add soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion powder, and your choice of herbs and spices for depth.

Marinating Process:

  • Place in a Bag or Container: Use a zip-top bag or a shallow dish to ensure even coverage.
  • Coat Ribs: Pour the marinade over the ribs, ensuring they are well-coated on all sides.
  • Refrigerate: Allow ribs to marinate for at least 2 hours, but overnight is ideal for maximum flavor infusion.

A Flavorful Marinade Recipe

Marinating Ribs


  • Olive oil: 1/2 cup
  • Soy sauce: 1/4 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar: 1/4 cup
  • Brown sugar: 1/4 cup
  • Garlic, minced: 3 cloves
  • Onion powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Smoked paprika: 1 teaspoon
  • Dried thyme: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together all the marinade ingredients.
  2. Coat Ribs: Place ribs in a resealable bag or dish and pour the marinade over them, ensuring an even coating.
  3. Chill: Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, turning the ribs occasionally.

Grilling Marinated Ribs

Grilling a yummy ribs meal

Preheat the Grill:

  • Temperature: Aim for 225°F to 250°F (107°C to 121°C) for slow and steady cooking.

Remove Excess Marinade:

  • Pat Dry: Before grilling, remove excess marinade and pat the ribs dry with paper towels.

Indirect Grilling:

  • Position Ribs: Place ribs on the grill away from direct heat for even cooking.
  • Baste Occasionally: Use reserved marinade or your favorite BBQ sauce for basting during grilling.

Cooking Time:

  • Low and Slow: Grill for 2 to 3 hours, turning occasionally, until ribs are tender.

Remember: Marinating is the key to succulent and flavorful grilled ribs. Experiment with different marinade combinations to discover your signature taste.