How to Cook Western Style Ribs

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. chili powder

  • 1 tbsp. pepper

  • 1 tbsp. paprika

  • 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 5 lbs. western pork ribs

  • Plastic wrap

  • Grill

  • Cooking spray

  • 1.75 cups barbecue sauce

Western style ribs are a boneless cut of pork that comes from the shoulder of the animal. This cut is fattier than other types of ribs and fairly tender. Season the ribs with a dry rub spice mix. Slow cook on a grill for the most tender ribs. Serve with a generous helping of your choice of store bought barbecue sauce(s). Serve alongside baked potatoes and salads for a restaurant style meal at home.


Step 1

Combine in a medium bowl 2 tbsp. chili powder, 1 tbsp. pepper, 1 tbsp. paprika, 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper, 1 tsp. garlic powder and 1 tsp. salt. Arrange 5 lbs. western pork ribs into the bottom of a glass pan. Rub the spice mixture into the meat, turning to coat both sides generously. Cover the dish with a piece of plastic wrap and set aside for 20 minutes.

Step 2

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill according to manufacturer's instructions. Spray the rack of the grill with cooking spray. Place the ribs on the grill with the meaty side down and cook over high heat for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, cover the grill and cook the ribs for an hour and a half, turning every 15 minutes.

Step 3

Remove cooked ribs from the grill. Coat the ribs generously with 1.75 cups barbecue sauce, serving excess on the side for dipping.