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Fall off the bone ribs on a plate with a brush and some bbq sauce.
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Fall off the Bone Ribs

My ultimate recipe for actual fall off the bone ribs that will beat smoked ribs any day of the week. Brined, braised and finished over charcoal. Try these and you may never go back to smoked ribs!
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 day 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 1389kcal
Cost $25/15€


  • 1 + ½ racks back ribs or spare ribs
  • 750 ml chicken stock
  • 2 whole onions cut in half, skin left on
  • 1 bottle your favourite bbq sauce
  • 1 head garlic cut in half, skin left on
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 20 g butter softened
  • 32 g soy sauce (2 tbsp)
  • 6 g salt (1 tsp)

Salt brine 5%

  • 50 g salt
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 bay leaf

DC's Super Secret Rib Rub

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Aleppo chili flakes or ½ tsp regular chili powder


  • Remove the membrane from underneath the ribs using a butter knife and a paper towel to grip the membrane. Pull firmly to remove.

For the Quick Brine

  • Measure half of the water (500ml) and add to a small pot with the salt and the bay leaf for the brine. Bring to a boil. Make sure all of the salt is dissolved. Let this cool.
  • Now fill a measuring cup with ice and fill it with cold water up to 500ml in total.
    Add this to the dissolved salt water. Let this cool completely before adding the ribs.
    The ribs in a cooled brine.
  • Once the brine is cool, add the ribs and use a small plate to hold them into the solution. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit overnight or for at least 6 hours.
    Holding the ribs down with a plate.

Braising the Ribs

  • Set the oven to 350°F/175°C. Remove the ribs from the brine and place leave out to temper for about 20 minutes.
    Add the onions, garlic and bay leaves with the ribs to the casserole dish. In a separate pan, bring the chicken stock, salt and soy to a boil. Pour the hot stock over the ribs making sure the ribs are completely covered in liquid.
    Cover with a double layer of tin foil or a lid. Set in the oven for 2-2+1/2 hours. Check after 2 hours.
    The ribs are done when the bone pulls away effortlessly from the meat. If the ribs are still tough, put them back in the oven until they become tender. (Another +30 minutes)
    The ribs in a casserole dish.
  • After the ribs are cooked, let them cool in the braising liquid for about 30 minutes. If you are not going to cook the ribs today then wrap in plastic wrap and set in the fridge once cooled.
    If you want to eat the ribs now then remove them from the liquid and set on paper towel. Set in the fridge and quickly chill for about 20 minutes. (This will make it easier to handle on the grill)
  • Now get that BBQ fired up! While you are waiting for the grill to heat up make the spice seasoning. Get a brush, bbq sauce and the softened butter ready.
    The bbq seasoning.
  • Remove the ribs from the fridge and rub with the softened butter. Season generously with salt and the spice seasoning.
    Spicing the ribs up with the secret spice blend.
  • Brush a nice layer of BBQ sauce all over the ribs and start grilling! The technique is to continuously flip the ribs over and brush more BBQ sauce over the ribs when they look dry and then repeating this step multiple times to achieve a nice crust.
    Grilling the ribs over fire.
  • Finish with a sprinkling of more seasoning and lots of BBQ sauce and serve on a board. Enjoy!
    Fall off the bone ribs on a plate with a brush and some bbq sauce.


I cool the brine down quickly by dissolving only half of the water with the salt. I add ice to the other half of the water to allow it to cool down faster. 
This will cool down much faster than bringing the entire brine to a boil and waiting for this to cool.


Serving: 300g | Calories: 1389kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 110g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 372mg | Sodium: 7990mg | Potassium: 1479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1347IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 5mg
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