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Marinade for Ribs

Preparing this marinade for ribs recipe is the first step to flavorful ribs. With a few simple ingredients, you can season your ribs to perfection.

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Marinade for ribs recipe

Ribs are the perfect summertime food. Whether you like to prepare your ribs ahead of time or rub in the marinade right before putting them onto the barbeque, this rib marinade recipe is sure to get your taste buds going!

Whether slow-cooked or lightly charred to perfection, this dish is sure to be a family favorite. Serve it with barbecue sauce or mustard.

The best part? You can use this rib recipe for beef, lamb, or pork ribs. It even works great for country-style ribs! Plus, it’s really easy to make and relies on ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Cooking Your Ribs

There are several ways to cook beef, lamb, or pork ribs.

Grill Them

This is one of the most popular ways to prepare ribs. Simply place ribs on the grill and cook until lightly charred.

Bake Them in the Oven

You can easily prepare marinated ribs without the need for any outdoor grilling equipment by using their ovens to roast them over high, dry heat. Save some of the rib marinade to baste your ribs with as they cook to give them extra flavor.

Slow Cooking

Pork ribs can be cooked slowly for a quick and easy way to get soft meat. The ribs are simply put in the slow cooker with the marinade and cooked for a long time on low heat.

Braise Them

Ribs that have been simmered slowly in a liquid will be tender and fall-off-the-bone delicious. Before gently cooking them on low heat in red wine, beef broth, barbecue sauce, or vegetable stock, brown them in a Dutch oven or in a pot on the stove.

Air Fry Them

You can air fry ribs to get them crispy and caramelized without the need for a barbecue or oven. After letting the rib marinade gently drip off the ribs, cook them in an air frying basket on high heat.

Raw ribs in paper

Serving Ribs

Whichever cooking method you choose to grill your meat to perfection, you’re sure to end up with delicious ribs that are ready to eat as-is or with a few accompaniments. We prefer serving our ribs with BBQ sauce.

You could also go for another type of dipping sauce, such as teriyaki, chimichurri, or mustard sauce. Don’t forget to top your dish with chopped spring onions or parsley for that extra finishing touch!

Rib marinade in dish

Other Ways to Season Your Ribs

There are many other ways to prepare rib marinade. Check out these variations:

Korean-style Barbecue Ribs

This style of barbecue ribs relies on garlic powder, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil, and soy sauce to create a marinade. Apply it to your rack of ribs and allow it to marinate before cooking ribs on medium heat.

Simple Rib Rub

If you’re looking for the perfect dry rub for your beef or pork ribs, combine the following ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ tablespoons smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

Final Thoughts

Whether you choose a slow cooker, air fryer, or grill to cook your ribs, this rib marinade will produce the kind of flavor that will have your friends, family, or guests coming back for more. Using just a few pantry staples, you can create a delectable marinade at home!

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Marinated ribs on plate

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What ribs can I use this marinade on?

This recipe will work well for just about any kind of ribs. Here are some of the ribs we have tried it with:

  • Beef ribs
  • Pork ribs
  • Country-style ribs
  • Baby back ribs
  • Lamb ribs

2. What are country-style ribs?

Ribs are typically pictured as a long “rack” of ribs that are attached to rib bones. Country-style ribs resemble ribs because they are long strips but lack these rib bones. Technically, they aren’t ribs. They are a cost-effective cut of pork from the shoulder.

3. Why should I try this recipe?

This is an easy recipe that uses pantry staples, so you won’t need to head out to the store to get ingredients.

4. What sauce can I serve my ribs with besides barbecue sauce?

Here are a few other great dipping sauces to try:

  • Mustard
  • Chimichurri sauce
  • Peanut sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce

5. Can I add soy sauce to this recipe?

Absolutely! Remember to cut down on the salt, though.

6. What’s the best way to cook ribs?

The cooking method you choose will ultimately depend on your preferences. Most people prefer to stick their ribs in the slow cooker to ensure they’re tender. Others like the lightly caramelized, charred taste of barbecue ribs. Whichever method you choose, this rib marinade will work well.

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Yield: 10 servings

Marinade for Ribs

Marinade for Ribs

This marinade the first step to create flavorful ribs! With a few simple ingredients, you can season your ribs to perfection.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 rack of baby back ribs (or the ribs of your choice)
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ c. beef or chicken broth
  • ⅓ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ c. soy sauce
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • ½ tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt


  1. Place all the ingredients (except the ribs, of course!) into a mixing bowl. Using a spoon or whisk, combine all ingredients well. 
  2. Put the baby back ribs in a shallow baking dish and rub the marinade in, turning the rack to get marinade on both sides. Save the remaining marinade for basting the ribs as they cook. 
  3. Cover the dish with plastic wrap.
  4. Allow the ribs to sit in the fridge overnight. Turn them once or twice. 
  5. When you're ready to cook them, take the baking dish out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for about half an hour to reach room temperature. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 789mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 10g

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