Grilled BBQ Short Ribs With Dry Rub

bbq short ribs dry rub recipe

Whenever I think of barbecue ribs, I think about sweet, savory, sticky sauce that gets all over your face and hands! Fun, right? Sometimes. Other times? It's just a hassle. So lately I've been looking into recipes that require a great dry rub -- tons of spices and savory flavors that are rubbed right into the meat as a tenderizer. Mmmmm!

We tried this short ribs recipe at a recent family get-together and loved it: 


Grilled BBQ Short Ribs With Dry Rub

Prep: 15 minutes

Chill: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Grill: 1 hour 35 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes

Stand: 5 minutes

Foil packets make these ribs fall-off-the-bone tender and keep all the savory flavor inside.


  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 pounds beef short ribs (bone-in), trimmed of fat
  • Ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, plus additional for serving



  1. MIX the sugar, paprika, chili powder, salt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Rub all surfaces of meat generously with the dry mixture. Place ribs in the prepared dish in a single layer. Cover and chill the ribs in the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. PREHEAT grill to medium indirect heat. Center one-fourth of the ribs and 2 ice cubes on a sheet (12x18 inches) of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Bring up foil sides. Double-fold top and ends to seal packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Repeat to make 4 packets.


  1. GRILL packets on a grill rack over medium (375°F to 400°F) indirect heat in covered grill 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.
  2. OPEN packets carefully by cutting along top folds with a sharp knife, allowing steam to escape; then open top of foil packet. Brush ribs with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce. Continue grilling over direct medium heat, covered, 5 minutes more until browned and crisp, turning once.
  3. Serve with additional barbecue sauce as desired. 


Wrapping the ribs in foil helps keep all of the flavor right where you want it: in the ribs! Plus, cooking these in foil packets will help keep your grill clean. That way you can enjoy these delicious, tender, and juicy ribs without any worry of a sticky mess to clean up later.

Number of Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 389 cal., 18 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 108 mg chol., 1,039 mg sodium, 18 g carb., 2 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 36 g pro.

Daily Values: 30% vit. A, 2% vit. C, 4% calcium, 28% iron 

Moms, what will you be grilling up for your family this season? 

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