Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs

by Alli

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Here in the south, we love our sweet tea almost as much as we love grilling ribs. I always have a gallon of tea chilling in the fridge and that’s what inspired me to create a new recipe, Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs. My husband says it’s a keeper and I totally agree.

How to Make Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs

Are you as excited about grilling season as I am? As soon as the weather starts warming up, it’s time to start grilling. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion.

Smithfield Fresh Pork is perfect any night on the grill. Grilling is a great way to prepare a weeknight meal or getting together to barbecue with family and friends.

 Whole Rack of Ribs

Let’s Grill Ribs

A few days ago my son sent me a text asking when we were planning to grill ribs again. He’s in luck because it’s going down this weekend. I stopped by Walmart a few days ago to stock up on all my grilling needs including Smithfield Fresh Pork.

Championship Pitmasters use Smithfield Fresh Pork in their competitions and on their backyard grill. They know when the quality of the meat matters most. That’s why they use Smithfield Fresh Pork.

Since my husband is the pitmaster of our grill, we always use Smithfield Extra Tender Pork Back Ribs, too. Smithfield Ribs are his secret weapon for making great ribs on the grill.

Smithfield Fresh Pork is always hand-trimmed, extra-tender and juicy. Plus, they have no added hormones or steroids. I love that I can grab quality meat at my local Walmart.

Where to buy ribs

If you’ve never grilled ribs before, I’m going to show you how easy it is. Plus, cleanup is always a breeze.

Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs

Sweet Tea Marinade

First, let’s make the sweet tea marinade for the Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs. Bring two cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add three family size tea bags. Let steep for 10 minutes.

 Steep Tea for 10 Minutes

Add a cup of sugar to a pitcher. Pour steeped tea over sugar and stir until dissolved. Add two cups water to the pitcher, give it a stir and let come to room temperature.

Make the Rub

Place Smithfield Extra Tender Pork Back Ribs in a 13 x 9 glass baking dish, meat side down. Pour sweet tea over the ribs and refrigerate for two hours.

Add some spice

Combine the spices together for a dry rub. Thirty minutes before grilling, remove the ribs from the marinade and sprinkle both sides with the rub. Discard remaining marinade.

Preheat the Grill

We like to use the charcoal grill when we’re grilling ribs. Form a pyramid of 30-40 no-lighter-fluid-needed charcoal briquettes on the bottom of the grill. Light the briquettes with a long match or a grill lighter.

Light the charcoal

Once the charcoal briquettes are covered with gray ash, spread them out to one side of the grill for indirect heating.

Charcoal is Ready

Add The Smithfield Extra Tender Pork Back Ribs

Place the rack of ribs bone side down on the grill. Cover and cook for about one and a half to two hours. Ribs are done at 180-190° F when checked with an instant-read thermometer. That’s it!

Grilling Ribs

I told you it was easy to grill ribs! The next time you’re hosting a party or just need a great midweek meal, try these Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Ribs. They’re delicious!


Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs

How to Make Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs


  • Smithfield Extra Tender Pork Back Ribs


  • 3 family size tea bags
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Dry Rub

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sea salt


  1. Make the sweet tea by heating 2 cups water on high in a medium saucepan. Once the water reaches a low boil, remove from the heat and add 3 family size tea bags. Let steep for 10 minutes. Add sugar to a pitcher and pour steeped tea over the sugar. Stir until dissolved. Stir in two cups water. Let tea cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the ribs, meat side down, in a 13x9 glass baking pan. Pour the tea over the ribs and place in the refrigerator for two hours.
  3. Thirty minutes before grilling, remove the ribs from the sweet tea and discard tea.
  4. Mix the dry rub ingredients together and sprinkle over both sides of the ribs.
  5. Place ribs, meat side down, on a preheated charcoal grill and cover. Grill for one and a half to two hours.

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Parmesan Topped Baked Tomatoes & Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs

I serve my Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs with baked beans and parmesan topped baked tomatoes and this meal always gets rave reviews. The tomatoes are easy to make as well. Slice a large tomato into three thick slices. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Bake at 400º F for 5 minutes or until cheese is golden.

Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs


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Love to grill ribs? Check out more of my recipes:

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Peach Chipotle Grilled Ribs

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

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robin rue May 1, 2018 - 5:38 am

Ribs just scream summer to me. I can’t wait to throw some on the grill this summer. Your sweet tea infused ribs sound SO good.

Amber Myers May 1, 2018 - 8:25 am

I’m pretty sure I’d love these. I’m a huge fan of sweet tea! I’ll have to make them soon. It’s grilling season! I’ll have to try those tomatoes as well.

Tasheena May 1, 2018 - 9:11 am

This recipe is a summer stample. Can’t wait to give it a try on our grill. My son loves ribs.

Jeanettte May 1, 2018 - 9:59 am

This makes me wish I had more ribs. We just had ribs a couple weeks ago and we just used barbecue sauce. I want to try this so bad I think I may have to go buy some more ribs to do this.

Melissa Chapman May 1, 2018 - 1:34 pm

Those ribs look so good and cooked to perfection. I have never tried a marinade like that but I will let all my friends who love ribs know about this unique idea.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All May 1, 2018 - 2:57 pm

I love sweet tea, what a creative idea to use it in your rib recipe. My family loves ribs, whenever we are all together and have them they go quickly.

Ashley May 1, 2018 - 6:25 pm

I do love a good rib recipe! I need the hubby to make these.

Tomi C May 1, 2018 - 7:09 pm

This would be a great way to use up that last little bit of sweet tea. We grill all year round… rain or shine. Hubby keeps that smoker going.

Terri Steffes May 1, 2018 - 8:06 pm

My grandmother always brined her chicken in sweet tea but I can’t remember her adding ginger. What a nice little kick that would give!

Alison Rost May 1, 2018 - 9:18 pm

Ribs are perfect for the season especially since we’re going to bring out the grill more often. I think this one’s a must try. It’s great for when you have guests over or if you’re having a potluck!

Ricci May 2, 2018 - 1:15 am

Have never had ginger sweet tea before but it sounds super refreshing! I need to try it for myself!

Jeanine May 2, 2018 - 10:57 am

Oh wow. This sounds amazing. I am a huge fan of sweet tea, so this will have to be a must try for me.

Heather May 2, 2018 - 12:33 pm

This looks delicious and perfect for our favorite grilling season. Years ago I toured a tea production plant and learned it is not safe to open tea bags for recipes. It’s always on my mind when I see recipes with titles incorporating tea. This one looks fabulous and I’ll definitely give it a try!

Anosa Malanga May 3, 2018 - 6:00 am

I have never tried making some grilled ribs yet and I would definitely want to try cooking one. I guess this is the sign already. Looking forward to making this recipe into reality over the weekend.

Trina May 3, 2018 - 2:58 pm

This is such a cool recipe, I am all about sweet tea so I can’t wait to use it for cooking! Definitely trying this recipe.

Magical Mommy Blog May 3, 2018 - 8:30 pm

Yum!! This recipe sounds so good! I love sweet tea and I also love ginger. Definitely trying this one.


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