The number one mistake people make when trying to grill ribs is too much heat. Barbecue Ribs should not be cooked quickly over a direct heat source.

Now there are several ways that you can make great barbecue ribs on a grill and avoid preparing charred meat. First there is straight grilling. You will want to grill indirectly (smoking), meaning that you have a fire on one side and the food on the other.

Actually you want a four part cooking area.

1. Water Pan 3. Drip Pan
2. Fire 4. Ribs

The fire heats the chamber as well as heating a pan of water (placed under the ribs). This water pan will help maintain moisture in your grill while cooking. The drip pan keeps grease from the ribs from reaching the fire. Of course there are variations to this basic process. A couple of variations include using wood chips soaked and added to the charcoal fire, if you are using Andy’s Drum Smoker TM” as a smoker (covered in our smoker use section) this will add a good smoky flavor to your barbecue ribs.

Ribs cooked on a barbecue smoker at a low temperature for several hours will be very tender. Ribs cooked on a grill, especially a very hot grill, will not be as tender even cooked indirectly.

Andy’s suggest using a good rub before you grill and a barbecue sauce after the grilling is done. However if you want to use a sauce try using a mop. A mop is a thin sauce (mainly vinegar or water) that you brush on during grilling to help maintain moisture and to add flavor. So remember, keep the temperature low. A good grilling temperature for barbecue ribs is about 200 to 225 degrees. Also keep a close eye on your ribs. Another good tip is to fill a spray bottle with your favorite spritzing. By spraying the ribs with this mixture during grilling you will add moisture, reduce burning and add flavor to your barbecue ribs.

Rub: Andy’s’ Barbecue Seasoning.

Basic Rub
1⁄4 cup paprika, black pepper, salt, sugar
2-tablespoons each of chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder. 2- teaspoons cayenne (optional)

Basic Beer Mop
12-ounce can of beer
1⁄2 cup of each cider vinegar, water
1⁄4 cup salad oil
1⁄2 medium onion, minced
2-garlic cloves, minced
1-tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1-tablespoon of rub


1-cup apple juice, 1/2 -cup vinegar, 1/2 cup-sugar, 1 teaspoon liquid butter.