Turkish-Style Barbecue Ribs


Turkish-Style Barbecue Ribs

Istanbul's Spicy Grilled Ribs

In Turkish cuisine, grilling is a beloved cooking method that adds a smoky and robust flavor to dishes. These Turkish-style barbecue ribs are a fusion of American and Turkish flavors, combining tender and juicy ribs with a spicy and aromatic marinade. Get ready to experience a mouthwatering blend of spices and a delightful twist on traditional barbecue ribs.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

50 minutes

65 minutes

4 servings


Omnivore, Low Carb, High Protein, Paleo, Keto


Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free


While American barbecue ribs are typically slow-cooked and smothered in a sweet and tangy sauce, Turkish-style barbecue ribs are marinated in a flavorful blend of spices and grilled to perfection. The Turkish version incorporates traditional Turkish spices and herbs, giving the ribs a unique and aromatic taste. We alse have the original recipe for Barbecue Ribs, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 450 kcal / 1884 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 28g, 8g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 8g, 4g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, tomato paste, Turkish pepper paste, pomegranate molasses, soy sauce, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, cinnamon, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to form a marinade.
  2. 2.
    Place the pork ribs in a large dish and pour the marinade over them. Rub the marinade into the ribs, ensuring they are evenly coated. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Remove the ribs from the marinade and let any excess marinade drip off. Reserve the marinade for basting.
  5. 5.
    Grill the ribs for about 20-25 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through and slightly charred, basting with the reserved marinade occasionally.
  6. 6.
    Once cooked, remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  7. 7.
    Serve the Turkish-style barbecue ribs hot and enjoy!

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Pork Ribs — For tender and juicy ribs, marinate them overnight to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat. Additionally, make sure to remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs before marinating for better texture.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a spicier kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinade.
  • If you don't have Turkish pepper paste, you can substitute it with a combination of tomato paste and chili powder.
  • Basting the ribs with the marinade while grilling will enhance the flavor and keep them moist.
  • Serve the ribs with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a tangy twist.
  • Pair the Turkish-style barbecue ribs with a refreshing cucumber and yogurt salad to balance the flavors.

Serving advice

Serve the Turkish-style barbecue ribs hot, accompanied by traditional Turkish sides like pilaf, grilled vegetables, and a fresh salad. Don't forget to provide extra marinade for dipping or drizzling over the ribs.

Presentation advice

Arrange the grilled ribs on a platter, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve with a sprinkle of smoked paprika for an attractive presentation. Consider serving them on a bed of lettuce leaves for an elegant touch.