Easy and Quick Grilled Foil-Wrapped Ribs

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I’m happy to  partner up with Reynolds Wrap® this year and excited to show you how to use their Heavy Duty Foil to make fall-off-the-bone ribs on the grill!

Take the cooking outdoors to your grill this summer with these Easy and Quick Grilled Foil-Wrapped Ribs! These fall-off-the-bone, delicious baby back pork ribs are rubbed with a flavorful seasoning, wrapped in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil, and then grilled to tender perfection.

Slather on your favorite barbecue sauce and you have a crowd-pleasing, super simple and delicious recipe in half the time of traditional ribs! 

Sheet pan with bbq ribs and extra sauce.

EASY AND QUICK GRILLED FOIL-WRAPPED RIBS

If you’re tired with how time consuming cooking ribs can be, then this Grilled Foil-Wrapped Ribs recipe usingReynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil is the recipe you need! Everything comes together with ease using a simple dry rub and olive oil marinade. The ribs are wrapped in foil and then tossed on the grill to cook for 60-75 minutes before being sauced up for that finger-finger-lickin’ sticky, glazed finish we all love.

The key to cutting the cooking time in half while keeping the ribs super tender? Wrapping the baby back ribs in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil. Best part? The ribs stay protected and the grill stays clean – even during the flipping process. Which means minimal cleanup!

Reynolds Wrap® is high quality and safe to use for cooking, making their Heavy Duty Foil my go-to in the summer for meals like this on the grill. To simplify the wrapping process, I slice my racks in half. If you prefer to keep them whole, the Heavy Duty Foil is also available in a wider 18-inch roll! The Heavy Duty Foil now has a new box that is easier to open and comes with a tab that keeps the box fully closed when you store it. The new boxes are also color-coded by type. For Heavy Duty Foil, look for the box with the light blue end.

Sheet pan with bbq ribs and extra sauce.

Ribs are a favorite in this house as my husband is the king of smoking meats. But, we aren’t too fond of the 4-6 hour cook time – especially when we want ribs on a whim! While using foil to cook ribs may seem like an unlikely concept, it actually speeds up the cooking process without sacrificing flavor and tenderness. The tight packet helps to trap the flavors in, keeping the meat tender and juicy while cutting the grilling time in half.

So, foil wrapping is now our go-to when we want a quick and simple, yet delicious meal. These grilled foil-wrapped ribs do take a little time to cook on the grill, but that’s how you end up with fall-off-the-bone tender meat! Low and slow with a bit of patience is required for this recipe. But, the payoff is more than worth it. While you’re waiting, you can prep my Cucumber Avocado Corn Salad or serve it with my Light and Creamy Pea Salad. Both will compliment these ribs very well!

Rack of ribs resting on a sheet of foil to be wrapped and grilled.

INGREDIENTS & TOOLS NEEDED:

Full recipe with directions for these Easy and Quick Grilled Foil-Wrapped Ribs can be found in the printable recipe card below. Simply keep scrolling! 🙂

Tools needed:
  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil
  • Small mixing bowl
  • A filet knife or sharp meat slicing knife (to remove the membrane)
  • Cutting board 
  • Glass storage container and lid
Ingredients:
  • Olive oil
  • Baby back ribs
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, ground mustard, cayenne red pepper, chili powder
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce

TIPS AND INSTRUCTIONS

Before seasoning the ribs, it’s important to remove the white skin/membrane from the back or bone-side of the rack. It takes a bit of time, but it increases the tenderness of the meat. Simply lift a corner and slowly pull until it starts to tear.

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut each rack in half or into thirds depending on the size.
  2. Drizzle each rack with olive oil and generously massage the dry rub onto both sides – massaging it in.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the grill to 325 degrees F and maintain this low temperature. Foil wrap each rack into a tightly sealed packet (as seen below).Collage of steps on how to foil wrap barbecue ribs.
  5. Place each packet onto the grill – seam side up. Close the lid and allow to cook for 60-75 minutes and avoid opening the grill until it’s time to flip.
  6. Flip after 30 minutes, taking care not to pierce the foil with tongs.
  7. When done, safely remove the packets from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Carefully open the packets, brush with barbecue sauce, and place each packet back onto the grill for 3-5 minutes to warm, leaving the foil packet open.
    (If you prefer to finish them directly on the grate to get that crispy, seared top, simply discard the foil. We use it and recommend using it to keep your grill clean!)
  8. Add additional sauce – if needed and preferred. Enjoy feasting!

Ribs on the grill with foil underneath.

The best part is there are no pans to clean up afterwards. Just enjoy these ribs, as well as the beautiful weather, with friends and family.

FAQ’s

How long does it take for ribs to cook on the grill?

As long as you maintain a temperature between 325-350 degrees F, these ribs will take around 60-75 minutes to cook. If you prefer to cook them at a lower temperature, it may take up to 2 hours for the ribs to fully cook.

Is the dry rub needed?

Not necessarily, but it does enhance the flavor of the ribs drastically. So I wouldn’t recommend skipping this step.

How do I know when the ribs are done?

Make sure to bring the internal temperature of the ribs up to 190-203 degrees F. This allows the collagens and fats of the meat to cook down more readily, making for more tender and juicy ribs.

MORE SUMMERTIME RECIPES TO TRY

  1. Grilled Bruschetta Chicken with Zoodles
  2. Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Foil Packets
  3. Creamy Cucumber Avocado Salad
  4. Cajun Lime Chicken Avocado Corn Salad
  5. Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packets



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Sheet pan with bbq ribs and extra sauce.

Easy and Quick Grilled Foil-Wrapped Ribs

5 from 1 vote
These grilled foil-wrapped ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, sticky and delicious. Just like ribs should be! The best part? They cook on the grill in approximately 60-90 minutes and require very little cleanup. Simplify your upcoming cookout with this tried and true recipe.
Print Recipe Rate Recipe
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Ribs, Easy and Quick Grilled Foil-Wrapped Ribs, Grilled Ribs, Grilling, Ribs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 837kcal
Author: Samantha Buckner

Ingredients:

Dry Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions:

  • Remove ribs from packaging. Rinse under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Place onto a cutting board and slice each rack in half or in thirds. This is optional, but does help make it easier to flip.
    In a small mixing bowl, combine spices for the dry rub.
  • Drizzle or brush each rack with olive oil making sure to coat both sides. Sprinkle the dry rub over the top. It's called 'rub' for a reason - you want to rub the seasonings into the meat.
    Flip the ribs over and season the opposite side. Place the ribs into a glass storage container, cover, and place into the fridge until it's time to grill. I recommend allowing it to sit for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • Preheat the grill to 325 degrees F. It's important to maintain this temperature throughout the cooking process, and avoid opening the grill while cooking. Low and slow is the key to achieving tender ribs.
  • While the grill is warming up, remove the ribs from the fridge and wrap each of them in a large sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil, creating a packet.
    You can see a how-to with photos provided in my post above.
  • Place foil-wrapped ribs onto grill. Close the grill and allow to cook for approximately 60-75 minutes, flipping halfway through. Depending on your grill, as well as the size of your racks, you may need up to 2 hours for the ribs to fully cook.
  • The ribs are done when you insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
    I recommend allowing them to cook until the temperature reaches 190-203 degrees F. This high temperature allows the collagens and fats to melt, creating juicier, more tender meat.
  • When done, carefully remove each packet from the grill and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before handling.
  • Open each packet and brush with barbecue sauce. Be generous as the sauce will thicken and cook down a bit.
  • Place the opened packets back onto the grill and allow them to warm for 3-5 minutes.
    (If you prefer to finish them directly on the grate to get that crispy, seared top , simply discard the foil. We use it and recommend using it to keep your grill clean!)
  • Remove and serve with additional barbecue sauce if needed. Enjoy!
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NUTRITION:

Nutrition Facts
Easy and Quick Grilled Foil-Wrapped Ribs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 837 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 197mg66%
Sodium 2156mg90%
Potassium 929mg27%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 56g112%
Vitamin A 867IU17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sheet pan with bbq ribs and extra sauce.
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