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Smoky BBQ Pork Ribs

Prep Time:

30 minutes (plus marinating time)

Cook Time:

1 hour 30 minutes


2 Servings



About the Recipe

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food experience with Marinated BBQ Pork Ribs, accompanied by a smoky BBQ dipping sauce and crispy American-style French fries. This dish captures the essence of traditional barbecue with its deeply flavored, tender ribs that fall off the bone, paired with the quintessential side of golden fries. Whether you're hosting a summer cookout, a game day gathering, or simply treating yourself to a hearty meal, this recipe promises to deliver satisfaction with every bite. The smoky BBQ dipping sauce adds an extra layer of flavor that complements the ribs and fries perfectly, making this meal a crowd-pleaser.


For the Marinated BBQ Pork Ribs:
  • 2 racks of pork ribs (about 4 lbs total)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Smoky BBQ Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the American-Style French Fries:
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into strips

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • Salt to taste


Step 1: Marinate the Pork Ribs

In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Coat the pork ribs evenly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.

Step 2: Prepare the BBQ Pork Ribs

Preheat your grill to medium heat. Remove the ribs from the marinade, shaking off any excess. Place the ribs on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, for about 1.5 hours, or until the ribs are tender and the meat easily separates from the bone. Baste with additional marinade during the first hour of cooking.

Step 3: Make the Smoky BBQ Dipping Sauce

While the ribs are cooking, combine ketchup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasoning to taste. Let the sauce cool and serve alongside the ribs.

Step 4: Fry the American-Style French Fries

Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 375°F (190°C). Fry the potato strips in batches until golden brown and crispy, about 3-5 minutes per batch. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Season with salt while still hot.

Step 5: Serve

Arrange the cooked ribs on a platter, accompanied by the bowl of smoky BBQ dipping sauce and a generous serving of American-style French fries.

Chef's Notes:

  • Marinating Time: For the most flavorful ribs, allow them to marinate overnight in the refrigerator. The longer they marinate, the more tender and flavorful they will be.

  • Grilling Tips: Keep an eye on the ribs while grilling to prevent flare-ups. If the ribs start to char too much, move them to a cooler part of the grill.

  • Serving Suggestion: Serve the ribs and fries with coleslaw, corn on the cob, or your favorite salad for a complete barbecue feast.

  • Storage: Leftover ribs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated in the oven. The BBQ sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


This Marinated BBQ Pork Ribs meal, complete with smoky BBQ dipping sauce and crispy American-style French fries, offers the perfect combination of flavors and textures to satisfy your barbecue cravings. Enjoy the process of marinating and grilling the ribs, and savor the delicious results of your efforts alongside family and friends.

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