How to Make Delicious Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

by Alli

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It’s time to rock your white one last time! I don’t know about you, but I’ll miss the lazy, crazy days of summer so I’m throwing a big Labor Day bash and the main attraction will be my Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs. I call it my Goodbye to Summer Soiree.

Rock your white one last time? Oh, yeah! Globally, this is not a thing, but the rule of no more white after Labor Day is as southern as grits, cornbread, and sweet tea. So for me, it’s no white after Labor Day, unless it’s winter white. And that, my friend, is a whole new ball game.

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs are a family favorite and I make them often when entertaining family and friends. Don't be intimidated when it comes to grilling ribs. Follow my step by step guide and you will be a pro when it comes to grilling ribs.

Once Labor Day Weekend arrives, I’ll be the one decked out in head-to-toe white and overseeing the Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs. Grilling ribs is not hard at all. I’m going to walk you through it step-by-step and you’ll be able to impress your family and friends with tender, delicious ribs, regardless if they wear white after Labor Day or not.

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

How to Make Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Start with the best rack of ribs.

My secret weapon is Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs. You don’t have to run all over town trying to find the best rack of ribs. You can find them at your local Walmart. Smithfield Ribs are hand-trimmed, extra-tender and juicy. Plus, there’s no added hormones or steroids and that’s a big deal to me.

How to Make Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Mix the ingredients together for the Ginger Lime Rub.

While you’re at Walmart, stop by the produce section and grab some fresh ginger root and limes. Then head to the spice aisle for ground cumin and cinnamon. You’ll also need brown sugar and salt.

In a small bowl, combine the ginger root, lime zest, brown sugar, and all the spices. Give the ribs a good rub down with the ginger lime mixture and let rest while you’re preheating the grill.

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs


  • Smithfield Extra Tender Back Ribs
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest


  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the Ginger Lime Rub.
  2. Rub the ginger lime mixture onto both sides of the ribs.
  3. Brush grill with oil and place ribs, bone side down. Cover the grill and cook for an hour.
  4. Turn ribs and cook for one to 1-1/2 hours or until done (180-200º when checked with an instant read thermometer).
  5. Let ribs rest 10 minutes before serving.

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Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Preheat the grill.

I always mix the rub ingredients together and supervise while my husband preheats the grill. He uses a drip pan filled with water and places the briquets around the drip pan before lighting them. The water in the drip pan keeps the ribs moist.

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Helpful Hint: We always use Kingsford® Match Light® when we grill ribs because the briquets light instantly every single time and we don’t have to use lighter fluid.

How to Make Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Once there’s gray ash covering the briquets, you’re ready to add the ribs and get your grill on.

Add the ribs.

Brush the grill grate with oil and place the ribs, bone side down, in the center of the grate, over the drip pan and away from the heat. This is called indirect grilling.

Cover the grill and cook for an hour. Turn the ribs and cook for another one to 1-1/2 hours. Remember, ribs are cooked low and slow.

Helpful Hint: Ribs are done when you lift the rack with tongs and they crack a little at the place where the tongs are grasping the ribs.

Lime Ginger Grilled Ribs

Transfer the ribs to a platter and let rest for a few minutes before slicing.

Lime Ginger Grilled Ribs

That’s it! Now you know how easy it is to grill ribs!

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs


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Anosa August 10, 2017 - 6:57 am

I didn’t know “no wearing white after labour day” was actually a thing lol but good to know.
I am loving the look of this rack of ribs, I am literally salivating right now

candy August 10, 2017 - 8:12 am

What a wonderful taste combination with the ginger and lime. We do love a good rib okay several ribs. Starts with picking out the best.

Anita August 10, 2017 - 8:23 am

Ginger on ribs? I’m going to have to try that one day! Seeing how I love ribs I’m going to give that a try!

Shirley Wood August 10, 2017 - 8:28 am

My hubby loves using Ginger Root in recipes for some reason. Your rub sounds lip smacking delicious! Smithfield does indeed have the very best ribs!
Although I cannot for the life of me remember the movie, it had some crazed woman on a mission to punish another woman for wearing white after Labor Day. LOL Winter white is way better than summer white anyway, right!!

Jeanette August 10, 2017 - 10:18 am

Oh my gosh this looks WAY better than just my regular old BBQ sauce! We have a few game day parties coming up and I will be trying this one.

Sarah Bailey August 10, 2017 - 11:02 am

Oh my goodness how absolutely delicious does this look, I bet ginger and lime add a really interesting dimension to grilled ribs as well!

lisa August 10, 2017 - 11:53 am

Ginger lime ribs sound amazing. We absolutely love ribs in our house and I make them as often as I can. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

Cheryl August 10, 2017 - 12:38 pm

I love ginger and lime together but never thought about it for ribs. It sounds heavenly and looks so yummy too.

David @ Spiced August 10, 2017 - 2:33 pm

Oh I totally remember the no white after Labor Day rule! I grew up down South, and that was a rule we lived by…and it’s fun to think back on that one. 🙂 It’s also fun to think about these ribs. That flavor combination sounds incredible, and I could definitely see these ending up on my grill soon! #client

Christy Maurer August 10, 2017 - 5:38 pm

My sister just gave us some ribs….from a pig they butchered themselves….Yeah, I couldn’t do that, BUT I will definitely eat the ribs this way!! It sounds delicious.

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Carol Cassara August 11, 2017 - 6:05 am

That’s so nice! I’ve been trying to avoid eating meat all year but whenever we have gatherings, I make sure to come up with recipes that the family will enjoy, like this! I’m pretty sure my nephews are going to love this!

Paula Bendfeldt August 11, 2017 - 8:46 am

These ribs look amazing. Match light is the only charcoal my husband will use on the grill. We haven’t planned for labor day weekend yet, but I know there will be grilling involved.

Chanel | Cultural Xplorer August 11, 2017 - 11:21 am

These ribs sound delicious and combine two of my favorite ingredients; ginger and lime. Do you think that it would also be good on short ribs?

adriana August 11, 2017 - 11:41 am

Isn’t grilling just the best?! I LOVE it! These ribs look delicious – and so does that corn! There’s really nothing better or more summery than grilled corn. Yum!!!

David Elliott August 11, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Those do look like great ribs worth trying. And I am always a big fan of ginger. Just something amazingly sweet but biting at the same time.

Nikka Shae August 12, 2017 - 12:05 am

I love ginger on anything and this recipe looks so tasty.

Dogvills August 12, 2017 - 1:35 am

This looks like really delicious ribs! I have not tried seasoning my rack of ribs with ginger. It must be so good. Let me try your recipe this weekend. I am adding this to my grocery list and have it on the grill on Sunday.

Stephen Parry August 12, 2017 - 3:06 am

Ahh this looks so delicious! Those flavours sound like they would be amazing together. Will have to give this recipe a try on the weekend!

Margarette Puno August 12, 2017 - 12:58 pm

Wow this looks so delicious! I will definitely try this for our family dinner.

Terri Beavers August 14, 2017 - 2:55 pm

I love finding and trying new recipes for ribs. I bought some ribs this am to cook and am on a hunt to find a good recipe. It looks like I succeeded.

Yuen Mi @ A Travel Diary August 14, 2017 - 5:48 pm

I love ginger and cinnamon, especially as a sauce ingredient. I will have to give this a try. It sounds delicious!

Mary August 15, 2017 - 8:28 am

First of all your photos…. they made my mouth just water so!! These look and sound amazing, Alli. I love anything with ginger. However, I will need to to stay far far away from the white. I am known for wearing more food than what I consume Lol

Sheila September 7, 2017 - 10:13 am

These grilled ribs look really delicious. I wonder if we also have Smithfield’s available. At times, it would be a challenge to find the best rack of ribs.

Can’t wait to try this. Ginger on ribs is interesting.

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