Dominican BBQ ribs are soft, tender, and have a sweet and tangy taste from the barbeque sauce coating. They’re also on the list of things you can’t forget to bring to a Dominican cookout, like chimi burgers, Dominican hotdogs, and ensalada de papas.

Use spare ribs for Dominican ribs

Dominican ribs are traditionally made with spare ribs, but you can also make these with st. louis style ribs. Spare ribs are larger and have the most fat, so they’re super flavorful. St. louis style ribs are just spare ribs with the fat trimmed off, so they’re a bit meatier but not as flavorful as spare ribs.

Baby back ribs are also a good option, but they’re leaner (less flavorful) and the least affordable option.

Marinating makes these so much better

Marinating makes a huge difference for Dominican BBQ ribs. Letting the ribs soak in sofrito, garlic, spices, lemon, and lime juice overnight makes them tender, juicy, and flavorful. Without marinating, the ribs miss that deep, authentic taste. It’s definitely worth the wait for the best results!

Make these in the oven or on the grill

Whether you prepare these costillas de cerdo in the oven or on the grill, you’ll still have super tender and delicious Dominican BBQ ribs. The oven method keeps them juicy under a foil wrap, while grilling adds that irresistible char and smoky flavor. Check the instructions below to see both methods!

Dominican BBQ Ribs (Costillas al Barbecue)

Dominican BBQ Ribs (Costillas al Barbecue)

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Learn how to make delicious Dominican BBQ ribs. Sweet, tangy, tender, and a must-have for any Dominican cookout.
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dominican

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs spare ribs
  • 2 tbsp sofrito
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • ½ tsp sazón
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup barbeque sauce

Instructions
 

Grilling Method

  • Preheat grill to 350° F.
  • In a large bowl, combine ribs with sofrito, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, adobo, sazón, salt, oregano, cumin, and brown sugar. Mix well to marinate and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Place ribs on grill, close the grillc and cook for 30-40 minutes. Flip ribs, close grill, and cook for another 30-40 minutes.
  • Once charred, place ribs in an aluminum tray, drizzle with barbeque sauce, and cover with foil. Return to grill and cook for 20-30 minutes at 300° F. Remove foil and let ribs rest for 10 minutes before serving. ¡Buen provecho!

Oven Method

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • In a large bowl, combine ribs with sofrito, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, adobo, sazón, salt, oregano, cumin, and brown sugar. Mix well to marinate and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Place ribs on a baking dish and cover tightly with a sheet of aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 2.5-3 hours, until ribs are tender.
  • Remove foil and raise oven temperature to 400° F. Brush ribs with barbeque sauce and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until the sauce is caramelized and the ribs are browned. Let ribs rest for 10 minutes before serving. ¡Buen provecho!
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