Easy and Quick Grilled Foil-Wrapped Ribs

Simplify your upcoming cookout with this tried-and-true recipe from Reynolds Wrap® Ambassador With Peanut Butter on Top.

  • Prep Time

    20 minutes

  • Servings


  • Cook Time

    2.5 hours

  • Course

    Main Dish

You’ll Need...

Heavy Duty Foil


  • For the Dry Rub


Remove ribs from packaging. Rinse under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Place onto a cutting board and slice each rack in half or in thirds. This is optional, but does help make it easier to flip. In a small mixing bowl, combine spices for the dry rub.

Drizzle or brush each rack with olive oil, making sure to coat both sides. Sprinkle the dry rub over the top. It’s called “rub” for a reason—you want to rub the seasonings into the meat. Flip the ribs over and season the opposite side. Place the ribs in a glass storage container, cover, and place in the fridge until it’s time to grill. It is recommended to allow it to sit for a minimum of 1 hour.

Preheat the grill to 325° F. It’s important to maintain this temperature throughout the cooking process, and avoid opening the grill while cooking. Low and slow is the key to achieving tender ribs.

While the grill is warming up, remove the ribs from the fridge and wrap each of them in a large sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil, creating a packet. You can see a how-to with photos provided in my post above.

Place foil-wrapped ribs onto grill. Close the grill and allow to cook for approximately 60–75 minutes, flipping halfway through. Depending on your grill, as well as the size of your racks, you may need up to 2 hours for the ribs to fully cook.

The ribs are done when you insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat and the internal temperature reaches 145° F.  It is recommended to allow them to cook until the temperature reaches 190–203 degrees F. This high temperature allows the collagens and fats to melt, creating juicier, more tender meat.

When done, carefully remove each packet from the grill and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before handling.

Open each packet and brush with barbecue sauce. Be generous as the sauce will thicken and cook down a bit.

Place the opened packets back onto the grill and allow them to warm for 3–5 minutes. If you prefer to finish them directly on the grate to get that crispy, seared top, simply discard the foil. We use it and recommend using it to keep your grill clean!

Remove and serve with additional barbecue sauce if needed. Enjoy!