Grilled Country Style Ribs

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These Grilled Country Style Ribs are first dry rubbed with a blend of ground cumin, oregano, black pepper and other warm spices before grilling. The exterior gets crusty and the tender interior is juicy. No typical BBQ sauce on these for an alternative, but feel free. Plus, no rib bones to deal with, just seasoned meat!

Grilled Country Style Ribs

Typically my thoughts of any rib goes to a tender piece of meat, seasoned well and covered in a delicious, lip smackin’ sauce that’s sticky and has a little kick. Well, like my Memphis Style Ribs, you don’t always need to have a sauce on your ribs for a killer meal.

And it doesn’t always have to have that Southern flavor either.

Take these Grilled Country Style Ribs for instance. I decided to go the Mediterranean style route for the dry rub, but feel free to use whatever dry rub suits you. For the “mop sauce” I just used lemon juice and a little honey.

No BBQ Sauce on this round of ribs, but again, feel free to use whatever you like. The cooking time on these will be the same.

Dry rubbed Grilled Country Style Ribs

So What’s a Country Style Rib?

True Country Style Ribs are cut from the blade end of the loin, close to the pork shoulder. They are meatier than other ribs, like baby backs or spare ribs and contain no rib bones, so they are all meat.

Some are often times cut from the pork shoulder but in traditional circles these are known as “fake ones.”

Grilled Country Style Ribs

With the Mediterranean influence on these Grilled Country Style Ribs I opted to have a Shirazi Salad with Chickpeas.

Light, super easy to make and perfect for a picnic, BBQ or mid-week dinner.

What to do with any leftovers?

If there are any leftover ribs, I typically make my BBQ Pork with Cheesy Grits. Leftover pork ribs get shredded and simmered in your favorite BBQ sauce and top creamy, cheesy grits for a Southern inspired dinner that’s sure to satisfy.

For other rib recipes try these classic Baby Back RibsHow to Make St. Louis Style RibsKansas City Style Ribs or for other sides, check out this Classic Potato Salad, or Bacon Mac and Cheese Casserole. Enjoy!

Grilled Country Style Ribs

 

These Grilled Country Style Ribs are dry rubbed first with a blend of ground cumin, oregano, black pepper and other warm spices before grilling. The exterior gets crusty and the tender interior is juicy. No typical BBQ sauce on these for an alternative and no rib bones to deal with, just seasoned meat!

Grilled Country Style Ribs

5 from 6 votes
These Grilled Country Style Ribs are first dry rubbed with a blend of ground cumin, oregano, black pepper and other warm spices before grilling. The exterior gets crusty and the tender interior is juicy. No typical BBQ sauce on these for an alternative, but feel free. Plus, no rib bones to deal with, just seasoned meat!
Servings: 4
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 26 minutes
Total: 1 hour 26 minutes

Ingredients 

Ribs

  • 3 lbs country style pork ribs (typically 4 ribs)
  • 4 tbsp dry rub of choice (Turkish Spice Blend recipe link, See Note 1}

Mop Sauce

BBQ Sauce

Instructions 

  • Rub the ribs with the spice blend with your hands, pressing to adhere. Cover ribs with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for minimum 1 hour, best overnight.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice and honey. Set aside.

For Low and Slow Grilling

  • Preheat grill to 225°F.
  • Place the ribs on clean and oiled grill with the larger, flatter side down.
  • Cover the grill and cook until browned and crusty about 90 minutes (brush with the lemon honey sauce every 30 minutes). Flip ribs, cover, and cook until browned and crusty on the other side, about 90 minutes more (basting every 30 minutes if using a BBQ sauce).
  • Thermometer should register 195°F when inserted into the thickest part of rib. Transfer to serving platter, tent with foil, and let rest about 5 minutes before serving.

Gas Grill

  • Take ribs from refrigerator, allow to come to room temperature at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat grill to 350-400°F.
  • Place the ribs on clean and oiled grill with the larger, flatter side down.
  • Cover the grill, and cook until browned and crusty about 6-7 minutes. Flip ribs, cover, and cook until browned and crusty on the other side, about 6-7 minutes more.
  • Rotate the ribs so that they're resting on the thinner side, brush with half the lemon honey sauce, cover, and cook until browned and crusty, about 5-6 minutes. Flip to the other thinner side, brush again with lemon honey sauce, cover, and cook until browned and crusty, another 5-6 minutes.
  • Thermometer should register 195°F when inserted into the thickest part of rib. Transfer to serving platter, tent with foil, and let rest about 5 minutes before serving.

Charcoal Grill

  • Same as Gas Grill Instructions, but over indirect heat, meaning coals on one side and meat grilled on top on other side of grill.

Baked in Oven

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Place ribs on a wire rack in a baking dish, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 2 hours. Turn ribs and baste with BBQ sauce (if using, no mop sauce needed for Baked version), continue to bake for 30 minutes uncovered.

Notes

  1. I use my Turkish Spice Blend for this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite.
  2. For pork, the accepted finished temperature is 145°F. However, the collagen inside your ribs hasn't had time to become gelatin for that perfect bite, which happens when the internal temperatures reach 165°F. It's recommended to continue cooking ribs until they reach an internal temperature of 195°F to 200°F for that fall off the bone goodness.

Nutrition

Calories: 643kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 880mg | Potassium: 999mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 29.5mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 4.2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Western
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Kevin

Whether in the kitchen or on the grill, you’ll find me cooking American favorites with a love for BBQ, Mexican and Tex Mex. I’m passionate about making tasty food because life’s too short to be bland!

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29 Comments

    1. I typically do indirect. I have 3 rows with the top and bottom on medium and middle low or not at all.

  1. sorry I just found it. My daughter was looking at the rib recipe and I noticed the salad.
    Thanks