Father’s Day Meal Ideas: Classic BBQ Ribs


Celebrate Father’s Day with a hearty and delicious meal that’s sure to impress. There’s nothing quite like the rich, smoky flavor of classic BBQ ribs to make the day special. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just a small family gathering, this recipe will be a hit. Dad will also love it if you cook these on his brand new Gas Grill


  • 2 racks of pork ribs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • Apple juice (for basting)


  1. Prepare the Ribs:
    • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for better flavor absorption.
    • Rinse the ribs under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Make the Dry Rub:
    • In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
    • Generously coat both sides of the ribs with the dry rub, pressing it into the meat.
  3. Preheat the Grill:
    • If using a charcoal grill, prepare for indirect cooking by banking the coals to one side. For a gas grill, heat one side to medium-high and leave the other side off.
    • Preheat to 250°F (120°C).
  4. Cook the Ribs:
    • Place the ribs on the grill over indirect heat (the cooler side).
    • Close the lid and cook for 2.5 to 3 hours, basting with apple juice every 30 minutes to keep the ribs moist.
    • Check for doneness: the ribs should be tender and the meat should easily pull away from the bone.
  5. Finish with BBQ Sauce:
    • During the last 30 minutes of cooking, brush the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce.
    • Optionally, move the ribs to direct heat for a few minutes to caramelize the sauce, being careful not to burn them.
  6. Rest and Serve:
    • Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
    • Serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side.

Tips for Perfecting the Ribs

  • Temperature Control: Maintaining a consistent temperature is crucial. Use a grill thermometer to ensure your grill stays around 250°F.
  • Moisture: Basting with apple juice or a mix of apple juice and water keeps the ribs moist and adds flavor.
  • Resting: Letting the ribs rest after cooking helps the juices redistribute, making for a juicier bite.

Suggested Sides

  • Coleslaw: A tangy coleslaw pairs perfectly with the rich ribs.
  • Cornbread: Sweet, crumbly cornbread is a classic BBQ side.
  • Baked Beans: Smoky, savory baked beans round out the meal.

Beverage Pairings

  • Beer: A cold, refreshing beer like a lager or pale ale complements the smoky ribs.
  • Iced Tea: For a non-alcoholic option, sweet iced tea is a perfect match.

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