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Grilled Country-Style Ribs

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


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 462 calories, 27 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 151 mg cholesterol, 995 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate (2 g sugars, 0 fiber), 48 g protein.

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  • Neva
    Jan 7, 2019

    I used boneless, butterflied country-style ribs, about an inch thick. They were completely cooked in 9 minutes on 100% power. I am SO glad that I checked them early. Then I broiled them. They were decently tender using a steak knife and cutting lady-like bites. Ordinarily I would simmer country-style ribs with onion until fork tender, but we were HUNGRY!

  • katlaydee3
    Oct 20, 2016

    Delicious!! Very tender with lots of flavor and did not dry out at all even when leftovers were re-heated. I served this with roasted red skinned potatoes and roasted asparagus.

  • momcooksgoodfood
    Jul 19, 2014

    Followed the original recipe turned out wonderful!

  • joeltpeckham
    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.

  • spenciv
    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

    Jun 16, 2011

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  • lhmom
    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!

  • CEQ
    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!

  • Rebekah Carr
    Jan 6, 2010

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  • winerfred
    Aug 9, 2009

    Thank you for your comment. I read this recipe and I was also thinking, in the microwave? I was just about to make this, but I forgot to write the amount of soy sauce down, so I had to look up the recipe again, and I saw your comment. Food is too expensive these days to waste. Thanks for helping me to avoid a disaster.