Saucy BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe

This rib marinade is perfect for pork ribs. It's easy to follow and results in delicious, moist meat that will be a hit at your next cookout!

If you're thinking about grilling pork ribs but are intimidated by the process, have no fear! You don't even need to learn how to use a smoker. All you really need is a full propane tank and this guide. In just a few simple steps, you'll be on your way to making delicious, tender, flavorful pork ribs that will impress any guest.


  • 1 rack of baby back pork ribs
  • ½ cup pork seasoning rub
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • ½ cup orange marmalade (peach preserves or apricot preserves)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large disposable aluminum tray
  • aluminum foil


  1. Take the pork ribs out of their packaging and dry them with a paper towel. Coat an aluminum pan with nonstick cooking spray or oil. Put the ribs into the pan, meat-side up. Take off the silver skin on the back of the ribs.
  2. Sprinkle some of the pork rub seasonings onto the back of the ribs. It's called 'rub' for a reason, so you want to get in there and really rub it in. Note: if you'd like, you can cut the rack of ribs in half to make them easier to handle on the grill later.
  3. Season the opposite side of the ribs with your desired amount of rub. Usually, however much naturally sticks to the ribs is enough. Anything that falls off after rubbing it in can be discarded. Next, pour apple juice into the bottom of the pan before covering it with aluminum foil. Lastly, place into the fridge until your grill is ready to cook these scrumptious-smelling ribs. 
  4. Before you begin, preheat your grill to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. While cooking, it's very important to maintain this temperature; if the heat is too high, your ribs will overcook. If you have a three-burner grill, it is recommended to keep the middle burner turned off and have low heat on the two outer burners for indirect heat.
  5. Start by cleaning your grill grates and wiping them down with oil. This will help ensure that your ribs are crispy when they're done. Then, place the pan of ribs on the grill and cover it. Cook for around an hour, checking to make sure that the temperature stays at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on how thick your ribs are, they may take one or two hours to cook all the way through.
  6. When grilling ribs, insert a meat thermometer (into the thickest part of the meat - away from the bone) to check if it has reached 145f degrees. If so, remove the ribs from the pan and place them directly on the grill. Ensure heat stays on low.
  7. In a small pot over medium heat, whisk together marmalade and vinegar until combined well. This should take only a minute or two. You can also do this on the grill if you have a side burner attached to your grill.
  8. After the pot has been taken off the heat, ribs should be basted with marmalade sauce. It is important to ensure that the sauce coats the ribs thoroughly.
  9. Cover the grill and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Then repeat the process one more time. Remove the ribs from the grill and place them on a large cutting board to rest and cool for a few minutes.

To serve, carefully cut the ribs between the bones with a sharp knife.

If you have the time, allow the pork ribs to marinate for several hours or even overnight. However, if you're short on time, letting them sit for at least 10 minutes will suffice. 

Now that you know how easy it is to make delicious, moist pork ribs with this marinade, there's no excuse not to try it out at your next cookout! Not sure which grill to buy? Please reach out to us, and we'll gladly assist you.