Grilled Beef Ribs with Sweet Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Beef Ribs on a barbecue grill

There is nothing like fall off the bone beef ribs smothered in sweet, smoky, and sticky barbecue sauce.

You might think that a huge rack of ribs is hard to cook?

However, this is my super simple way of cooking rubs without the need to smoke low and slow! Cooking them on the stove helps to break down the connective tissue into juicy delicious gelatin.

sweet and smoky grilled beef ribs on the grill
My beef ribs covered in BBQ sauce!

Then the BBQ sauce which has a secret ingredient to make it extra sticky, sweet, and delicious is!

This delicious beef ribs recipe uses Coca-Cola to give you ribs that flavor!

It only takes 10 minutes to make your own EPIC bbq sauce! Then you sather the ribs in the sauce.

Then you want to preheat your grill. You want to get it super hot Then working in a few batches place the ribs on the grill for around 10-12 minutes. You noticed that the sauce starts to caramelize and char. That’s then why are ready to come off.

What Ribs to Buy?

Try to pick up baby back ribs for this recipe. They work well, then they have been braised then finished on the grill

Cook Ahead of Time

You can cook the ribs ahead of time. Then when you are ready to eat, just crank up your grill. Get your ribs out of the fridge and bring them up to room temperature Throw the ribs in the BBQ sauce and then put them on the grill. You can also make the BBQ sauce ahead of time, it will last in the fridge for 5 days,

Grilled Beef Ribs with Smoky-Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Sweet, smokey and sticky beef ribs
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 12 mins
Total Time2 hrs 24 mins
Course: Appetizer, main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, grill
Servings: 8
Author: Charlie



  • 15 pounds beef back rib racks
  • 1 litre Coco-Cola
  • 1 liter water
  • 1.5 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1 pimch Kosher salt


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1.5 cup cider vinegar
  • 1.5 cup tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 yellow mustard
  • 1.5 chile powder


Cooking the Ribs

  • Put the ribs in a very large pot or roasting pan; add the cola and enough water to just cover. Bring to a boil, skimming off any scum on the surface. Add the peppercorns and 1 tablespoon of salt. Cover and simmer over low heat until the meat is tender but not falling off the bone, 2 hours; drain.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer over very low heat, stirring frequently, until thick and glossy, about 15 minutes.
  • Light a grill or preheat the broiler. Working in batches, arrange the ribs on baking sheets and brush them with the sauce. Grill the ribs or broil 10 inches from the heat, turning and brushing with sauce, until lightly charred, 12 minutes. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Smoke On!


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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