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Garlic Parmesan Grilled Spare Ribs

Smoky, crazy juicy, super flavorful, these Garlic Parmesan Grilled Spare Ribs will knock your socks off! A simple, flavor-packed marinade tenderizes them to perfection, hands-off grilling, and then a drizzle of the most luscious, garlic-butter with a sprinkle of salty parmesan? Ummmmmm....Yes, please!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Grilling
Keyword: Garlic Parmesan Grilled Spare Ribs
Servings: 10
Calories: 931kcal


  • 2 racks pork spare ribs, white membrane removed
  • 1 cup Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup parsley, Italian flat leaf, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, flakes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated


  • Marinate the ribs in the Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing for 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • Set up a charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking, which means there is a cooking area not directly over the heat source, with a medium-low, or 250-300 degree grate temperature.
  • Cook the ribs for 3-4 hours indirectly until desired bone pull or bend on slab of ribs is met or meat thermometer reads 197 - 201 between bones.
  • Pull and tent with foil, rest for 10-20 min.
  • Melt the 1 cup of butter, garlic, and pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Stovetop or grill is fine.
  • Drizzle or brush butter over ribs and sprinkle with the grated AND flaked parmesan cheeses and parsley.



Optional: Add a chunk or two of smoking wood or chips at the beginning of the cook for additional flavor.
Store bought Zesty Italian Salad Dressing may be substituted for the Homemade Zesty Dressing.


Calories: 931kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 82g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 265mg | Sodium: 533mg | Potassium: 686mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 1021IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg