How to Grill Ribs on an Electric Grill

Ribs require a slow, long cooking process to be flavorful and tender. Grilling them on your electric grill is not only an effective way to do this, it also imparts a smoky flavor into the meat and allows the ribs to develop a brown crust without overbrowning or charring. As long as you follow a few simple steps, you can customize the flavors and texture of you ribs to match your personal preferences.


Step 1

Preheat your electric grill to medium heat. As it is preheating, trim away the fat from the ribs and prepare any seasonings or a sauce on the stove.


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Step 2

Add seasonings such as fresh herbs or salt and pepper and position the ribs inside a roasting pan or wrap them in foil. Place the ribs or pan on the grill rack.


Step 3

Close the grill and cook for up to two hours or until the ribs are tender. Turn as needed. Remove the foil if necessary and brush the ribs occasionally with your sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling time.


Step 4

Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, using caution not to hit the bone. The ribs are ready when the internal temperature reads at least 160 degrees F.


Step 5

Brush the remaining sauce onto each rib and serve immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribs

  • Seasonings or sauce

  • Roasting pan or aluminum foil

  • Brush

  • Meat thermometer

  • Liquid smoke seasoning


For more flavorful ribs, the book “Grilling For Dummies” suggests placing water and liquid smoke seasoning into a separate foil packet. Seal the ends securely and place the packet alongside your ribs. Although you can use a store-bought sauce, you can easily create your own by mixing together your favorite ingredients such as ketchup, onion, molasses, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Stir and simmer on a stove top for about 15 minutes.


The USDA website warns that meat can easily harbor dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, especially if left out in hot weather. Prevent this by keeping your ribs hot until they are ready to serve by placing them on the side of your grill rack. Use a clean serving platter rather than one that you used to hold the raw ribs.

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