Grill the Perfect Ribs with Just 5 Simple Ingredients

Homestyle BBQ Ribs

Homestyle BBQ Ribs are the heart of any family barbecue.

To make this dinner, you’ll only need five ingredients: pork spareribs, barbecue sauce, onion, salt, and ground black pepper.

To make the most of this recipe, choose quality of these simple items. Pick ribs that are meaty and fresh, a BBQ sauce that sings with flavor, and crisp onions for that extra zing.

Whether it’s a sunny weekend or a special occasion, these ribs will definitely be a hit!

They’re not just ribs; they’re a way to bring people together around the table, share stories, and create lasting memories. So, grab your sauce and let’s get grilling!

If you’d like some helpful Tips and Tricks, I have them below the recipe.

Close-up of BBQ ribs on slate with a rich sauce, onions, and tomatoes beside, with rosemary on top.

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BBQ ribs on parchment over a slate, with charred onions, tomatoes, and rosemary, on a rustic wood background.

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Close-up of BBQ ribs on slate with a rich sauce, onions, and tomatoes beside, with rosemary on top.

Homestyle BBQ Ribs

Nesting Lane Indulge
Homestyle BBQ Ribs. Savor tender pork spareribs slow-cooked in barbecue sauce, then grilled to perfection for a delicious family meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • pounds pork spareribs
  • 2 bottles (18 ounce each) barbeque sauce
  • 1 onion  quartered
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Place the pork spareribs in a large stockpot.
  • Add both bottles of barbeque sauce to the pot.
  • Add the quartered onion.
  • Sprinkle in the salt and the ground black pepper.
  • Pour water into the stockpot until the ribs are covered.
  • Turn the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Turn on your outdoor grill to high heat and lightly oil the grill grate.
  • Carefully place the cooked spareribs on the grill.
  • Keep the liquid that the ribs were cooked in.
  • While grilling, brush the spareribs with the cooking liquid often and turn them frequently to ensure even cooking and browning, do this for about 20 minutes.


Calories: 882kcalCarbohydrates: 94gProtein: 36gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 3518mgFiber: 2gSugar: 67gVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 3mg
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Tips and Tricks

Meat Prep: Before adding the sauce, remove the membrane from the back of the rib rack for more tender meat

Sauce Selection: Your choice of BBQ sauce can vary from sweet to spicy. Pick one that suits your palate or mix two varieties for a unique twist.

Tenderizing Technique: Simmering the ribs with onions infuses flavor and ensures they’re fall-off-the-bone tender before hitting the grill.

Grilling to Perfection: Low and slow is the secret. Don’t rush the grilling process; let the ribs cook gradually for that perfect crust.

Basting Basics: Keep basting with the reserved liquid to keep the ribs moist and to build up a layer of sticky goodness.

Let It Rest: Once off the grill, let the ribs rest for a few minutes. This helps redistribute the juices, making each bite juicier.

Substitutions: No grill? No problem. An oven can work in a pinch. Just broil the ribs for the last few minutes for a similar charred effect.

Storage Solutions: Leftover ribs? They keep well in the fridge for a few days or can be frozen for future feasts. Just make sure they’re tightly wrapped or stored in an airtight container.

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