Make It Tonight: Beef & Pork Ribs

July 28, 2020

Summer is grilling season! And one of the best meats to cook up on the barbecue is a stack of ribs. If you’re bored of ribs with basic BBQ sauce, we’ve got some ideas to add some get-up to your grill. But the first question you might want to think about is: beef or pork?

Beef ribs vs pork ribs

Beef ribs quite obviously come from cows. Beef ribs tend to be well-marbled and cook very well on the grill and do particularly well when smoked at a low temperature. There are two common types of beef ribs: short ribs, and back ribs. Back ribs tend to have the less meat than short ribs but lots of cooks swear they have the most flavour

When it comes to pork, some common pork rib cuts include baby back ribs, spare ribs, rib tips, and riblets.

How do Beef Ribs and Pork Ribs Differ in Flavour?

While there are differences in flavour between different cuts of ribs from each animal, in general beef ribs tend to firmer and more flavourful than pork ribs. Pork ribs tend to be more tender and have a milder flavour.

How Does Cooking Beef Ribs and Pork Ribs Differ?

Smoking is usually the cooking method of choice for pork ribs, whereas beef ribs are often grilled. However, they can each also be baked or grilled.

For high-quality beef ribs, a simple salt and pepper rub is usually enough to bring out the natural flavour of the beef, while pork ribs are often given a more flavourful spice rub or marinade due to their milder flavour.

Whichever ribs you choose to cook up, you can get really creative with them. Add your own secret recipe rub, marinade or BBQ sauce to them, or try one of these ideas. Think outside the BBQ sauce bottle with these Maple and Whiskey Glazed Salt & Pepper Ribs with BLT Pasta Salad.

Looking for a non-traditional rib experience? Mexican Spice Rubbed Grilled Ribs with Spicy Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad will become a new family favourite. Or go for a taste of the tropics with Maui marinated BBQ Ribs.

Mexican Spice Rubbed Ribs with Spicy Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad


wk31 Mexican Spice Rubbed Ribs blog2 racks of pork ribs
1 tbsp chili Powder
1 tsp cumin, ground
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp oregano, dried
1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
2 avocados
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro, picked
Lime for squeezing
2 cups Co-op Spicy Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad
salt and pepper


Pre-heat Grill to 325°-350°F.

Mix together chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, and cayenne.

Remove membrane from the back of the ribs, season the ribs with salt and then rub on the Mexican spice mixture.

Place ribs on a rack over a pan with water. Then place on grill and cook low and slow until ribs are tender. About 2.5-3 hours.

When ribs are tender, cut avocados in half and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill to get a little char on the outside. Finish avocados with a squeeze of lime. Garnish ribs with cilantro and serve with grilled avocado and Co-op Spicy Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad.

Three Make It Tonight recipes for Beef & Pork Ribs

Fast MIT

Maple and Whiskey Glazed Salt & Pepper Ribs

Fancy MIT

Mexican Spice Rubbed Grilled Ribs

Family MIT

Maui Marinated BBQ Ribs



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