Beth Dreiling Hontzas
Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
2 Hours 30 Mins
Other Time
8 Hours 40 Mins
Makes 6 servings

Our directions for these juicy baby back ribs are for a two-burner gas grill. If you have a three-burner grill, light both sides, and leave the center portion off.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.

Step 2

Rinse and pat ribs dry. If desired, remove thin membrane from back of ribs by slicing into it with a knife and then pulling it off. (This will make ribs more tender.)

Step 3

Rub ribs with cut sides of limes, squeezing as you rub. Massage ginger mixture into meat, covering all sides. Wrap ribs tightly with plastic wrap, and place in zip-top plastic freezer bags or a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; seal or cover, and chill 8 hours. Let ribs stand at room temperature 30 minutes before grilling. Remove plastic wrap.

Step 4

Light 1 side of grill, heating to medium-high heat (350° to 400°); leave other side unlit. Place rib slabs over unlit side, stacking 1 on top of the other.

Step 5

Grill, covered with grill lid, 40 minutes. Reposition rib slabs, moving bottom slab to the top, and grill 40 minutes. Reposition 1 more time, moving bottom slab to the top; grill 40 minutes.

Step 6

Lower grill temperature to medium heat (300° to 350°); unstack rib slabs, and place side by side over unlit side of grill. Cook ribs 30 more minutes, basting with half of Sweet-Hot 'Cue Sauce. Remove ribs from grill, and let stand 10 minutes. Cut ribs, slicing between bones. Serve ribs with remaining Sweet-Hot 'Cue Sauce.

Ratings & Reviews

Great Sweet & Spicy Ribs

April 02, 2015
Awesome ribs. I found my smoker through these electric smoker reviews

cjcmom's Review

June 19, 2011
This was my first time making ribs, and they turned out fantastic! My husband said they were the best ribs he's ever eaten. I had to improvise a little because I used 4 racks instead of 3 and I have a small grill. I simply increased the rub recipe. I also used a three burner grill and only lit one, then placed the ribs diagonal across the other two. I rotated the stack half way through, and increased the cooking time by 40 minutes. The taste of the ginger in this recipe was awesome and the sweet hot q sauce rocks, and would be good on other meats too.

Manning1's Review

October 16, 2010
I made these for my family. They were out of this world good. My daugter had been bugging me for years to make ribs. I tried oven backed ribs, simmered ribs on the stove; all were not the way my dad made them when I was kid. Finally, I found a recipe that would compete with my dad's ribs. As a matter of fact, my dad and neighbors are coming over tommorow for a rib off. These ribs verses my daddy's ribs. I think mine will be the winner, if I had any doubt, I would never have made the challenge. BTW...I followed the recipe to a T. I used the extra sauce for BBQ chicken the next day. Perfection.

DarlaS's Review

August 05, 2009
These were the best!!! I made three racks and had zero leftovers. This will remain a family favorite.