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Easy Grilled Gluten Free Ribs with a Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub

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Crave-worthy, easy, grilled gluten free ribs with the perfect sweet and spicy dry rub are a must have at any BBQ.

Easy Grilled Gluten Free Ribs

Break out the Grill

All of you up north, who have been dealing with cold weather and snow, I feel for you. Here in South Florida, it’s been beautiful. I am so lucky that we can grill all year long. For the rest of the United States, spring is finally here, and that means it is going to start warming up. Warmer weather means it’s time to break out that grill!

This past week we pulled out my dad’s charcoal grill and grilled up some amazing Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs. They were the best ribs I ever had. My entire family just raved over them. Best part? Ridiculously easy to make.

Easy Grilled Gluten Free Ribs with Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub

I started off with a trip to Walmart to pick the Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs. They are super easy to find. All of the Smithfield Fresh Pork was together, so I just picked out the slabs I wanted, and I was ready to go.

Easy Grilled Gluten Free Ribs

Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs have no added hormones or steroids, so I feel excellent about serving them to my family. They are hand-trimmed, which I love. I can’t stand when ribs have massive amounts of fat or are cut unevenly. Smithfield Fresh Pork is so tender and juicy, plus they are naturally gluten free.

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I am so excited about how easy these Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs are to grill. I will admit, I was a bit intimidated at the idea of grilling ribs, but the Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs are so tender and juicy, you just can’t mess them up.

Here are the basics, plus a few pro tips!

1) Start with a homemade sweet and spicy dry rub. Clean your ribs (be sure to remove the membrane from the back! Use a paper towel to help grab it and pull it off!). Massage the rub all over the ribs. Wrap them tightly in heavy duty foil and put in the fridge for at least an hour or up 8.Easy Gluten Free Grilled Ribs

2) Grill on a charcoal grill! My family only used charcoal and we love the flavor! Use a charcoal chimney to help get them going. Kingsford Charcoal lights up beautifully.

3) Cook over indirect heat for about an hour and 15 minutes, rotating the ribs every 15 minutes. Remove from the foil and place directly over the coals to get that nice grilled finish. Cook for another 20-30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. If you like to add BBQ sauce, now is the time. We did one rack with just the dry rub and added some of my tangy homemade BBQ sauce to the other.

Easy Grilled Gluten Free Ribs

Best Ribs Ever

My dad told me that when they do rib competitions the sure sign of the perfect ribs is when you bite into them a bite mark is left. These ribs are perfect. Smithfield Fresh Pork is now my secret weapon. I will never again buy any other ribs. They sliced up beautifully; the ribs were so tender, the knife just glided through them.

Easy Grilled Gluten Free Ribs

My daughter couldn’t wait to get her hands on the gluten free ribs. She quickly pronounced them “nummy” and ate two whole ribs by herself. She even gobbled up the leftovers the next day.

SEasy Grilled Gluten Free Ribserve these sweet and spicy gluten free ribs up with some fresh corn, potato salad, and homemade bbq sauce for dipping, and you are sure to be the most popular person in your family. The sweet and spicy rub makes the perfect crust, and personally, I like mine with a bit of tangy homemade BBQ sauce. It’s super easy to make, and I’m sure you already have all the ingredients on hand.

It’s time to break out the grill, go to Walmart, and get yourself some Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs. Grilled gluten free ribs just don’t get any easier!

Of course you don’t want to forget the sides! Try serving them with these Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze from A Mind Full Mom! If you happen on a rainy day, try these Easy Slow Cooker Ribs from One Lovely Life.

Easy Gluten Free Grilled Ribs

Prize Time

All Summer long Smithfield Fresh Pork is offering an opportunity to win a 5,000 dollar cash prize and tons of other prizes when you visit their Get Grilling America site. You can also find more expert tips on ribs and great recipes (like the one below!) on the Smithfield Fresh Pork rib page!

If you only grill one thing this summer, make sure it’s Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs with my sweet and spicy rub. You won’t regret it! Add some tangy homemade BBQ sauce for dipping, and you will be in rib heaven!

What are your favorite gluten free foods to put on the grill?

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4.41 from 5 votes

Easy Grilled Gluten Free Ribs with a Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub


  • 1 rack Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs membrane removed

Dry Rub

  • 5 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Salt

Tangy BBQ Sauce

  • 2/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika


  • Clean ribs.
  • Mix together all rub ingredients.
  • Rub ribs generously.
  • Wrap in heavy duty foil and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 8 hours.
  • Make BBQ sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan. Bring to simmer and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.
  • Grill on a charcoal grill, over indirect heat, for 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning and rotating packet every 15 minutes.
  • Open packet and check temperature. It should be around 150, if not seal and cook another 15 minutes.
  • Remove ribs from packet and place directly over coals for another 20-30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes.
  • If desired, brush with tangy BBQ sauce at this time.
  • Remove from grill, allow to rest before slicing.
  • Serve with extra sauce for dipping.


Make one recipe of rub for each rack of ribs.

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    Camilla Hawkins
    April 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I do love ribs but they’re usually something I eat out, yours sound and look amazing!

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    April 13, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    great looking recipe, I love ribs and can’t wait until the rain stops so we can pull out the grill

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    Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch)
    April 13, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    That photo of the ribs and the corn has me begging for Summer.

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    Igor @ Cooking The Globe
    April 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I swear, I could live on ribs alone. Your recipe looks fabulous. Pinning and bookmarking to make them later!

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    April 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    These ribs are heavenly delicious. Meat looks fantastic, so tender and juicy. Seriously, I’m drooling over here 🙂 My husband would LOVE this too. Just yum!

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    Edyta @ Innocent Delight
    April 12, 2017 at 11:20 am

    We love BBQ ribs in my house. I cannot wait to try your recipe ?

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    Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
    April 12, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I LOVE ribs, and these look so good!

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    April 12, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Ribs are one thing I can never turn down! I am a total BBQ girl.

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    April 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

    My husband is the grill master in our house, and I know he could go to town with these ribs! Maybe we’ll fire up the barbecue this weekend!

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    Sharon @ What The Fork
    April 11, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Ribs are one of my favorite meals, these look great!

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    April 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I’m not usually a rib fan, but I’ve got a goal to get used to eating them more this grilling season!

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    Nicole Dawson
    April 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

    That rub sounds awesome! I’ll send my hubby to you when he’s wanting ribs 🙂

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    April 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

    These ribs look fabulous! Being from the Northeast, I experienced the snow on April 1st. But today, it’s 71 right now and going to be 82. Cray-cray New England weather. But enough about that. I want to talk ribs. These ribs look delicious! I love the ingredients! I love smithfield’s meats! Yum. This recipe is a keeper.

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    David @ Spiced
    April 11, 2017 at 10:16 am

    So we do live up here in the northeast, but now you’ve got me ready for summer! We’ve had a couple of warm days here, so the grill is all ready to go and these ribs are going on the top of the list. They look delicious! Thank you! #client

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    kirstin morabito
    April 11, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Perfect for those summer BBQ’s coming up! Thanks!

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    April 11, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Oh my geez! My mouth is seriously watering for this and it’s 6:30 a.m.!!!

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    April 11, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Those look super tender. I’ve never tried a dry rub, 2017 may be the year!

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    April 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Looking st this ribs just makes me hungry. I am definitely gonna try this one. I love this brand of ribs. Thanks you for this recipe.

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    Naomi // My Fair Olinda
    April 10, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I’m always a little intimidated by grilling, but this rub recipe sounds super delicious. Will definitely be giving this a try soon!

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      April 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Me too, but this was so easy, just grill them in foil and then a little bit of time on the actual grill

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    April 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Those look super tender! Yum!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    April 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    The rub and sauce sound great!

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    Kelly @ TastingPage
    April 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I’m so excited for grilling season. This looks like the perfect recipe to kick off the season!

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      April 10, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Words can not describe how amazing these are!

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    Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    April 10, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    These sound delicious, especially with a good dry run and BBQ sauce. They would make a wonderful outdoor dinner for the grill this summer.

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      April 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      They are perfect!

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    Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler
    April 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Oh man, those ribs look mouthwatering! Way to spark a craving. 😉

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      April 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      I have been wishing I had more since we made them!

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    susie liberatore
    April 10, 2017 at 11:55 am

    We just started a gluten free diet so this is great. I love finding new recipes, thanks for sharing.

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      April 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Gluten free is so much easier than people think! Enjoy!

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    April 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Now I’m hungry!????

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    Cricket Plunkett
    April 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I’m craving ribs now!

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      April 10, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      I know right? I didn’t used to crave ribs, but now they are all I think about!

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