Grilled Honey Chipotle BBQ Ribs

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 1 rack, 2-3 servings 1x


Delicious grilled St Louis style ribs in a spicy rub, basted with homemade hot and sweet honey chipotle BBQ sauce. Add this winner to your grilling lineup!



  • 1 rack Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork St. Louis Style Ribs, approximately 3 pounds
  • Vegetable oil for oiling the grill grates


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons chipotle chiles canned in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Pat the Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork St. Louis Style Ribs dry with paper towels and place the ribs on a foil lined baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the spice rub, except for the honey. Use a silicon brush to apply the honey to both sides of the ribs. Sprinkle the spice rub and use your hands to rub it all over the meat.
  3. Heat your grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. This is usually accomplished on a medium setting. Turn the gas grill burners off on one side of the grill. Oil the grates on the side of the grill where the burners are off. Place the seasoned ribs on the oiled side of the grill with the meaty side facing up. Close the lid of the grill and allow the ribs to cook undisturbed for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The ribs need to cook slowly with indirect heat.
  4. While the ribs are on the grill, combine the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and set aside until needed.
  5. After the ribs have cooked on the grill for 1 hour and 30 minutes, open the lid of the grill and check the temperature of the ribs. The ribs need to be about 175 degrees in the center of the meat. If the ribs are not to that temperature yet, close the lid of the grill and continue to cook, checking the temperature occasionally until the ribs.
  6. Baste the ribs generously on both sides with the BBQ sauce. Turn the grill temperature up to high and grill the ribs for a few minutes on each side with the lid open until dark grill marks appear and the rib meat reaches about 190 degrees. This temperature is optimal for tender ribs.
  7. Baste the ribs a second time on both sides with the BBQ sauce, then remove from the grill.
  8. Allow the ribs to rest for a few minutes at room temperature, then cut the ribs apart with a sharp knife. Serve immediately.

Makes 2-3 servings.


The instructions are based on the use of a gas grill outdoors.

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