Italian-style Barbecue Ribs


Italian-style Barbecue Ribs

Sapore Italiano: Succulent Barbecue Ribs with a Mediterranean Twist

In Italian cuisine, the focus is on fresh ingredients and bold flavors. This Italian-style Barbecue Ribs recipe combines the smoky goodness of American barbecue with the vibrant and aromatic flavors of Italian herbs and spices. Get ready to indulge in tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs that are infused with the essence of Italy.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

2 hours

2 hours and 20 minutes

4 servings


Omnivore, Low-carb, Keto-friendly, Gluten-free, Dairy-free


Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescatarian, Paleo, Nut-free


While the original American barbecue ribs are typically seasoned with a dry rub and smothered in a tangy barbecue sauce, this Italian adaptation adds a Mediterranean twist. The ribs are marinated in a flavorful blend of Italian herbs, garlic, and olive oil, then grilled to perfection. The result is a harmonious fusion of smoky, savory, and herbaceous flavors. We alse have the original recipe for Barbecue Ribs, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 450 kcal / 1884 KJ
  • Fat: 30g (Saturated Fat: 9g)
  • Carbohydrates: 5g (Sugars: 2g)
  • Protein: 40g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. 2.
    In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, chopped rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes, olive oil, salt, and black pepper.
  3. 3.
    Place the racks of ribs on a large baking sheet and generously rub the herb mixture all over the ribs, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  4. 4.
    Let the ribs marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.
  5. 5.
    Remove the ribs from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature.
  6. 6.
    Grill the ribs over indirect heat for about 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and starts to pull away from the bones.
  7. 7.
    During the last 15 minutes of grilling, brush the ribs with the Italian-style barbecue sauce, turning them occasionally to create a sticky glaze.
  8. 8.
    Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Garlic — Make sure to mince the garlic finely to evenly distribute its flavor throughout the marinade.
  • Fresh herbs — Use fresh herbs for the best flavor. If you can't find fresh, you can substitute with dried herbs, but reduce the quantities by half.
  • Italian-style barbecue sauce — Look for a high-quality Italian-style barbecue sauce or make your own by combining tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, and Italian herbs.

Tips & Tricks

  • For extra tenderness, wrap the marinated ribs in foil and bake them in a preheated oven at 150°C (300°F) for 2 hours before grilling.
  • Baste the ribs with the barbecue sauce during the last 15 minutes of grilling to prevent the sauce from burning.
  • Serve the ribs with a side of grilled vegetables and a fresh green salad to complete the Italian experience.

Serving advice

Serve the Italian-style Barbecue Ribs hot, straight off the grill. Garnish with fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme for an extra touch of freshness. Accompany the ribs with a squeeze of lemon juice to add a zesty kick.

Presentation advice

Arrange the ribs on a large platter, stacked on top of each other for an impressive presentation. Drizzle any remaining barbecue sauce over the ribs and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color.