Sweet BBQ Ribs on the Grill or in the Oven


The secret to these sweet BBQ ribs is in the delicious maple glaze. It’s flavorful with just a hint of tang to balance. Finishing them on the grill offers nice smokiness, but the oven-baked option is equally delicious.

Ribs like these are a great option for backyard barbecues and grills because they are naturally allergy-friendly. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire is actually gluten-free and soy-free (but check with your guests to ensure it is safe for them). And the other ingredients are naturally free of top allergens.

Pair these sweet BBQ ribs with allergy-friendly coleslaw and grilled corn (with salt, herbs and spices, not butter) for an all-around winning meal.

Sweet BBQ Ribs Recipe on the Grill or in the Oven - naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free

Special Diet Notes: Sweet BBQ Ribs

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and soy-free.

Sweet BBQ Ribs
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This amazing rib recipe is adapted ever so slightly from the maple-glazed ribs on Allrecipes. Please note that the Cook and Prep times do not include marinating. If possible, plan ahead and marinate the boiled ribs for a full 24 hours.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 3 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  1. Place the ribs in a large pot, and cover with water. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender. Drain and transfer the ribs to a shallow dish.
  2. In a small saucepan, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and mustard powder. Place the pan over medium-low heat and bring it to a low boil. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Let the sauce cool for 10 minutes, then pour it over the ribs.
  4. Refrigerate the ribs for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  5. Prepare your grill for cooking with indirect heat. Remove the ribs from marinade.
  6. Transfer the excess marinade to a small saucepan, and boil it for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  7. Cook the ribs on your grill for about 20 minutes, basting with the cooked marinade frequently, until nicely glazed.
Oven Option: You can skip the boiling process, and jump to the marinating process. Then bake the ribs in a 250ºF oven for 3 hours, basting with the excess sauce periodically, or until quite tender.

Key Pantry Supplies: Sweet BBQ Ribs

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