Beef Back Ribs Recipe

Gluten-Free Downhome Ribs

From teaching us random, little lessons in life, to helping us make the big, difficult decisions, to sharing memories that will last a lifetime, dads provide a special kind of support and love throughout our lives. And what better way to show your appreciation for the dads in your life this Father’s Day than by cooking for them?

This Gluten-Free Downhome Ribs recipe is just as its name implies – downhome and full of comfort. It’s a pretty simple recipe that requires three steps to achieve a fall-off-the-bone texture – boiling, grilling, and basting.

For the sauce, I made my own barbecue sauce rather than using a store-bought kind. It’s a simple combination of ingredients you likely already have on hand – spicy brown mustard, apple cider vinegar, light brown sugar (I use Wholesome Organic), ketchup, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.

Fire up the grill and treat Dad to an afternoon of food, family, and fun!

Beef Back Ribs

4 from 9 votes
Beef Back Ribs Recipe
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Gluten-Free Downhome Ribs

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 8 mins
Total Time1 hr 28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 583kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


For the Ribs:

  • 1 white onion , chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5-6 pounds beef back ribs
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Barbecue Sauce:

  • ½ cup spicy brown mustard
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Wholesome Organic Light Brown Sugar , packed
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder


  • Fill a large pot with water, add the onion, garlic, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cut the ribs so they fit in the pot. Add to the boiling water, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until fork tender.
  • While the ribs are boiling, prepare the barbecue sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and whisk to combine. Heat over medium heat until warm, about 4 minutes.
  • Prepare the grill for direct heat and preheat to high.
  • Remove the ribs from the cooking water and pat dry. Season the ribs with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Brush with barbecue sauce.
  • Place the ribs on the grill and cook 2 minutes per side (for a total of 8 minutes), basting with more sauce each time you flip them.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Downhome Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 583 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 752mg31%
Potassium 1160mg33%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 63g126%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 7.7mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Barbecue Beef Father's Day Grill Ribs Wholesome Sweeteners
  1. Michelle
    June 8, 2021

    Can I broil these in the oven instead of bbq grilling? (I live in a condo with a no bbq bylaw).

    1. Gluten Free & More
      June 11, 2021

      Yes, that should be fine!

  2. Michelle
    June 8, 2021

    Or, can I prep (boil) the night before then grill with sauce the next day at the campsite? Or best to do all steps at home and then just reheat the next day at campsite?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      June 11, 2021

      That’s up to you! If you cook ahead of time and reheat you might dry them out a little – so if you do it that way use a little more sauce or cook them a little less initially to allow some wiggle room to reheat them.

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