How to Cook Rib Tips on the Grill?

How to Cook Rib Tips on the Grill?

If you are here learning how to cook rib tips on the grill, you are at the right place. Well, rib tips are mainly the parts of the ribs, but they are cut away to get St. Louis ribs. This cut may have a lot of cartilage, and some butchers call it the pork brisket. Due to the presence of many cartilages, you have to cook them slowly on low flame so that they get softer and tasty.

You may like to cut them into fine small pieces. And you will be surprised to know that these fleshy bits are a bit easier to manage and cook than ribs because their chewy and fleshy texture will make a great appetizer or a main dish.

In this blog, we will discuss different methods of cooking rib tips on the grill and in the smoker. Hope you will like them!

How to Cook Rib Tips on the Grill?

Here is a recipe of Barbecue rib tips for you that is amazingly savory, juicy, and yes tasty. When you grill them to perfection, your rib tips will be the main attention of your summertime meal. As they are finger-licking delicious.


  • Half cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt (or you can use salt-free seasoning)
  • 2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 5 to 6 lbs rib tips of pork
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 tablespoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1/ 4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

It may take you about 25 minutes to prepare the ingredients and then 2 hours and 30 minutes to cook or grill them. So the total time you may require to grill them is about 3 hours.


  1. First of all, fire up the grill to preheat it. Ensure that your grill is preheated to about 275 degrees F.
  2. Combine all seasonings in a bowl and mix them until they all get combined.
  3. Then divide the seasonings in half and put them in two separate bowls.
  4. Drizzle or sprinkle half of the olive oil on the ribs and then rub it thoroughly all over the flesh.
  5. Take one bowl of the prepared seasonings and then gently season the rib tips. Make sure that you have got all the surfaces.
  6. Now take a medium-sized brown and add 2 cups of apple juice, remaining olive oil, and seasoning into it.
  7. Mix these ingredients, and this will be your “mop”.
  8. Be sure that you have the charcoal on only one side of the grill.
  9. Now arrange the rib tips on the opposite sides of the charcoal.
  10. And grill them for about 20 minutes with the closed lid and then turn and mop your rib tips. You have to do this after every 20 to 25 minutes.
  11. Grill the ribs for a total of about 2 and half hours or unless they are completely done, as some of the tips may take a bit longer.
  12. Serve them with your desired sauces and salads, and enjoy!

How to Cook Smoked Rib Tips

Here is the recipe of smoked rib tips for you and all the necessary equipment, ingredients, and directions for your ease.


  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pound rib tips
  • T tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • Half tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Half ground cumin
  • Half tablespoon coarse black pepper


  • Smoker 


  1. Take a mixing bowl and put all the rub ingredients into it. Mix them well together.
  2. Now rub the rib tips gently with the rub and put them in the fridge for at least 2 hours. But remember that overnight placing is preferred.
  3. Smoke the ribs between 225 to 250 degrees F for about 3 to 4 hours.
  4. You can baste the slabs of ribs with barbecue sauce at the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
  5. Now allow the rib tips to rest for at least 5 minutes. Then chop them into smaller pieces.
  6. Serve them with different kinds of ketchup and sauces.

What are the different serving suggestions for serving rib tips?

Your grilled rib tips will go perfect, along with fries and slaw. You can try them with Belgian fries and collard greens slaw. Along with it, you can serve the rib tips over slices of white bread. But you have to save the bread for last because it soaks up all the fatty grease and flavor from your rib tips.

Some Amazing Tips for Smoking Rib Tips 

Following are some of the exciting tips you have to follow while smoking rib tips.

  • Smoke the rib tips intact instead of cutting them first. Smoke them as a whole to preserve their moisture.
  • If you want to cook them in Chicago style, raise the temperature to about 300 degrees and baste the tips with your desired barbecue sauce for the last half an hour of cooking.
  • Whenever you have to buy the slabs of ribs, crave them and then freeze the tips unless you are ready to cook them.

How long may it take you to cook the rib tips on the grill? 

Put the rib tips on the grill with the help of tongs to maneuver them into the exact place. Grill them while covered over indirect heat for half an hour from both sides. As the first hour passes, move them to the direct medium flame and cook for 20 to 40 minutes long unless they get tender.

For now, you must be familiar with how to cook rib tips on the grill. Just follow the recipe and cook the delicious rib tips on the grill.


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