Grilled Honey Chipotle BBQ Ribs
After burgers, brats, and steaks, ribs are probably next on the list of meat most grillers want to master. And who can blame them? Whether pork or beef, whole slabs or portions, any kind of grilled ribs make a delicious entrée – and these grilled honey chipotle BBQ ribs are no exception! Follow the recipe below for delicious grilled St. Louis style ribs in a spicy rub, basted with homemade hot yet sweet honey chipotle barbecue sauce.
- 3 pounds (1 rack) fresh St. Louis style pork ribs
- Vegetable oil (for oiling the grill grates)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons chipotle chiles canned in adobo sauce, chopped
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pat the fresh St. Louis style pork ribs dry with paper towels and place the ribs on a foil lined baking sheet. Then, set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dry rub except for the honey. Use a silicon brush to apply the honey to both sides of the ribs. Sprinkle the dry rub and use your hands to rub it all over the meat.
- Heat your grill to 250°F which is usually accomplished on a medium setting. Turn the gas grill burners off on one side of the grill and oil the grates on the side of the grill where the burners are off. Place the seasoned ribs on the oiled side of the grill with the meaty side facing up. Close the lid of the grill and allow the ribs to cook undisturbed for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The ribs need to cook slowly with indirect heat.
- While the ribs are on the grill, combine the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and set aside until needed.
- After the ribs have cooked on the grill for 1 hour and 30 minutes, open the lid of the grill and check the temperature of the ribs. The ribs need to be about 175°F in the center of the meat. If the ribs are not to that temperature yet, close the lid of the grill and continue to cook, checking the temperature occasionally.
- Baste the ribs generously on both sides with the BBQ sauce. Turn the grill temperature up to high and grill the ribs for a few minutes on each side with the lid open until dark grill marks appear and the rib meat reaches about 190°F. This temperature is ideal for tender ribs.
- Baste the ribs a second time on both sides with the BBQ sauce, then remove from the grill.
- Allow the ribs to rest for a few minutes at room temperature, then cut the ribs apart with a sharp knife. Serve immediately.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1.5-2 hours
- Total Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes to 2 hours and 5 minutes
- Yield: 2-3 servings (1 rack)