Best BBQ Rib Recipes

Make tender, slow-cooked ribs at home with these BBQ rib recipes from Food Network chefs.

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The Neelys' Wet BBQ Ribs

The Neelys use a meaty St. Louis-style rib cut for this classic recipe. They rub the ribs with a seasoning mixture, cook them low and slow over indirect heat and then baste them with their homemade barbecue sauce.

Get the Recipe: Neely's Wet BBQ Ribs

Sweet-Tea Ribs With Lemony Potato Salad

These easy ribs are roasted in the oven, then coated with a black tea and citrus glaze. For a classic side, mix up quick lemony potato salad while the ribs cook away.

Get the Recipe: Sweet-Tea Ribs with Lemony Potato Salad

The Neelys' Sweet Cola Ribs

The Neelys say, "These ribs will blow you away. The smoke and indirect heat leave you with deliciously tender ribs while the cola packs a punch of unexpected sweetness. Our secret is removing the fatty membrane from the ribs before cooking and glazing them to sweet perfection at the end of the grill time. Perfection!"

Get the Recipe: Sweet Cola Ribs

The Neelys' Pork Spare Ribs

Pat and Gina's classic recipe for barbecued spare ribs can be served dry, with just an extra sprinkle of their simple house seasoning, or wet, with barbecue sauce.

Get the Recipe: Neely's BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

Who Loves Ya Baby-Back?

Alton's easy indoor ribs are spiced up, then braised in the oven and glazed with a homemade sauce.

Get the Recipe: Who Loves Ya Baby-Back?

Bobby's Spice Rubbed Smoked Ribs With Maple-Horseradish Baste

Bobby uses a spice rub which tenderizes the meat and creates a crust on the outside as the ribs smoke. Then he tops them with a maple-horseradish glaze for an unconventional barbecue sauce.

Get the Recipe: Spice Rubbed Smoked Ribs with Maple-Horseradish Baste

The Neelys' Kansas City Style Pork Ribs

Kansas City-style barbecue is all about the sweet tomato-based sauce, and the Neelys’ homemade version can’t be beat.

Get the Recipe: Kansas City Style Pork Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

You can cook these ribs the day before, and then throw them on the grill when you're ready to serve them.

Get the Recipe: Baby Back Ribs

Rib Dry Rub

This Memphis-style rub adds so much flavor and a great crusty top (the "bark") to ribs that you won't need barbecue sauce at all.

Get the Recipe: Rib Dry Rub

New Orleans-Style Babyback Beer Ribs

These ribs are poached briefly before being smoked. The homemade sauce really makes these ribs special — it's spicy, sweet and full of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Jan Birnbaum's New Orleans-Style Babyback Beer Ribs

Chili-Glazed Pork Ribs

Basting these ribs with homemade chili-spiked sauce every 10 minutes for the last 40 minutes of cooking creates a spicy glaze.

Get the Recipe: Chili-Glazed Pork Ribs

The Neelys' Memphis Beef and Pork Ribs

These Memphis-style beef and pork spareribs are the signature dish of Food Network's king and queen of barbecue. If you're a dry rib fan, serve these with a little extra of the Neelys' barbecue seasoning blend on top, and if you prefer wet ribs mix up a batch of the Neelys' homemade barbecue sauce.

Get the Recipe: Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs

Smoked Ribs with Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

When faced with a Throwdown against an acclaimed North Carolina pit master, Bobby put up these meaty St. Louis-style pork ribs with a tangy cider vinegar-based sauce.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Ribs with Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

Babyback Ribs With Espresso Barbecue Sauce

Michael liberally douses baby back ribs with dry rub, roasts them in the oven until they're fall-off-the-bone tender and then finishes them on the grill, basting with his unusual homemade sauce.

Get the Recipe: Michael Chiarello's Babyback Ribs with Espresso Barbecue Sauce

Bobby's Asian-Spiced Rubbed Ribs

Bobby's pork ribs get treated to an Asian-inspired rub for four to 24 hours before hitting the grill. A homemade barbecue sauce made with fresh ginger, hoisin sauce and pineapple tops them off.

Get the Recipe: Asian Spice Rubbed Ribs with Pineapple-Ginger BBQ Sauce and Black and White Sesame Seeds

Dry Rub Ribs

Ribs couldn't be simpler than this no-frills version. Just mix together a few common spices for a classic rub and then cook the baby back ribs in the oven. When cooked, dig in Memphis-style, without sauce.

Get the Recipe: Dry Rub Ribs- Memphis (Dave's Dinners)

Bobby's Spice-Rubbed Ribs With Chipotle-Honey Glaze

These ribs are not only smoked over hickory for smokiness, but their glaze boasts its own sweet smoky flavor from pureed chipotles in adobo and honey.

Get the Recipe: Spice Rubbed Ribs with Chipotle-Honey Glaze

Dad's Spare Ribs

These ribs soak up plenty of flavor and moisture as they simmer for 40 minutes in a salty-sweet vinegar sauce.

Get the Recipe: Dad's Spare Ribs

Marcela's Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs

Marcela makes an unusual, flavorful barbecue sauce mixing tangy plum sauce and orange juice with chipotle in adobo sauce and coffee flavors.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle-Plum BBQ Pork Ribs

Tyler's Smoked Ribs With Dry Rub

Tyler mixes up a dry rub for his ribs before cooking them low and slow, periodically basting them with a vinegar mixture. When they’re about done, he gives them one last spray of vinegar and then sprinkles on some more dry rub for a zesty coating, no sauce required.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Ribs With Dry Rub

Pat's Ribs With Peach BBQ Sauce

"These ribs are perfect for a throw-down-and-wow-your-guests summer barbecue," say the Neelys. "They are sweet and smoky with just a hint of spice. The pureed peaches provide the sweetness and the hickory gives us that smoke. Our secret ingredient is the smoked paprika, which gives the ribs another layer of flavor and smoky sweetness."

Get the Recipe: Pat's Ribs with Peach BBQ Sauce

Spicy Hoisin-Glazed Ribs

Add an Asian twist to ribs with a few boldly flavored ingredients like soy sauce, sesame oil, Chinese five-spice powder and hoisin sauce.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Hoisin-Glazed Ribs

Asian-Spiced Baby Back Ribs

Brine your ribs and make your brown-sugar topping tonight for a lazy-day barbecue meal tomorrow.

Get the Recipe: Asian-Spiced Baby Back Ribs

Backyard BBQ'd Spareribs

Mix and match: Choose from two spice rubs, then mix up Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce or Chile-Coffee BBQ Sauce.

Get the Recipe: Backyard BBQ'd Spareribs

Smoked Beef Ribs

When smoking your beef ribs, use equal parts mesquite charcoal briquettes and mesquite wood chunks to imbue the meat with strong and earthy mesquite flavor.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Beef Ribs

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