Grilled Country-Style Ribs Recipe
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Grilled Country-Style Ribs Recipe

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These hearty marinated ribs are precooked in the microwave and finished on the grill. They turn out moist and tender with a great smoky flavor! Sue Benning, Menasha, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 bone-in country-style pork ribs (1-1/2 inches thick and 14 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 rib equals 462 calories, 27 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 151 mg cholesterol, 995 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 48 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup water, soy sauce, lemon juice, oil, brown sugar, garlic powder and pepper. Cover and refrigerate 1/2 cup mixture for basting. Pour remaining mixture into a large resealable plastic bag; add the ribs. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and discard marinade; place ribs and remaining water in a 3-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 20-25 minutes or until meat is tender.
  3. Drain ribs. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill ribs, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Grilled Country-Style Ribs in Taste of Home June/July 2009, p50

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Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

"Followed the original recipe turned out wonderful!"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Depending on the wattage of your microwave determines how long you should microwave. I substituted a microwave bag for a covered a dish and followed the directions on the bag, it made all the difference in world prior to going to the grill, the ribs turned out moist inside and carmelized on the outside. I would do it again my way."

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Follow the recommendation, boil first for 45 minutes (add a little vinegar to the water) - sauce is excellent but Sweet Baby Rays is as good"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Don't do in the microwave on HIGH! cook on no higher than MED in the microwave, these come out wonderful when you follow the remaining methods!"

Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"You never put meat in the microwave before grilling. Either boil it for an hour or bake first. I boiled the meat and then grilled them and it was wonderful!"

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