How to cook ribs on a charcoal grill in foil?

Do you love the taste of ribs but don’t know how to cook them on a charcoal grill? If so, this blog post is for you!

This post will teach you how to cook ribs on a charcoal grill in foil. This cooking method is easy and results in delicious ribs cooked evenly.

So, let’s get started!

How to cook ribs on a charcoal grill in foil?

First, you’re going to need the following supplies:

  • One aluminium pan
  • Charcoal and a lighter or matches
  • Parchment paper or Reynolds Wrap® Parchment Paper (not waxed paper)

1. First, make sure that your charcoal is fully lit. We recommend using Kingsford’s Original Charcoal Briquets for best results. Pour the lit coals onto one side of the coal grate. The coals should be spread out evenly under 1/2 of the coal grate. Place the other half of the coal grate over the top and close all remaining vents on the lid. This will create an environment where high heat is used on the bottom of the grill, and low heat is used on top.

2. Next, you will need to cut sheets of parchment paper so they are twice as tall as your aluminium pan’s height and long enough to extend past each side by at least 8 inches. If using Reynolds Wrap Parchment Paper, you’ll want to use half of a sheet for each layer to create stronger seams between layers. We recommend using two sheets per layer since most other brands only come in one sheet size, resulting in thin seams if sewn together without extra support (like aluminium foil).

3. Now that your charcoal and paper or foil are ready, it’s time to prep the ribs! Prepare 1/4 cup barbecue sauce per rack of ribs by whisking it together with your favourite barbecue sauce flavour. For extra saucy ribs, use 1/2 cup of sauce instead.

4. Line the pan with parchment paper or Reynolds Wrap Parchment Paper, making sure to leave an inch around all sides of the pan so you can crimp them upwards.

5. Next, line the pan with aluminium foil, again leaving an inch of overhang on each side so they can be crimped up too (this will help prevent juices from leaking out).

6. Lay down a single layer of ribs onto the bottom aluminium foil and brush on some barbecue sauce on each side of each rack (you may not need all your sauce depending on how saucy you like your ribs).

7. Line another piece of parchment paper over the top of the ribs and crimp the sides up together to form a seam; this will prevent the juice from spilling out when you flip them.

8. Take a sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Parchment Paper and lay it over top of the ribs, crimping up either side with aluminium foil to make an extra tight seal around all four sides of the pan.

9. Flip both sheets so that what was on top is now on the bottom (ribs should be facing down), close the lid, and let cook for one hour. As far as if they are done? This will depend completely on your grill’s temp, long you left them in at first, and how much meat is on each rib.

Check the ribs after one hour, then continue to check them every 20 minutes until done (the meat should start pulling back from the bone about 1/4 of an inch).

Should ribs be wrapped in foil when grilling?

I am wrapping ribs in foil while grilling helps keep them moist and tender. The foil also helps to distribute the heat evenly, preventing the ribs from burning.

Can you cook ribs in aluminium foil?

Yes, you can cook ribs in aluminium foil on a charcoal grill. The key is to add a little bit of moisture by adding apple cider, beer, or chicken broth to the foil packet, which will help keep the ribs from drying out.

How long does it take to cook ribs on charcoal?

It takes about two hours to cook ribs on a charcoal grill.

How do you wrap ribs in tin foil?

When grilling, the bones that make the rack appear appealing will ignite, so keeping them away is critical. Wrap the exposed bones in aluminium foil and wrap them to the end. The foil will keep them safe from the high heat required to cook the meat.

What do you put in foil when wrapping ribs?

The first thing to do is take the ribs and trim off any visible fat. Then, make a dry rub from the back of your spice rack or scratch. Coat all sides, making sure you never go more than 1/2 inch up the bone.

Unroll enough aluminium foil so that there is at least twice as much metal as meat, form it into a big pillow and place the meat on top.

Pour sauce over both sides of the ribs to coat both sides well before sealing up each end with tightly crumpled foil to resemble a burrito, then pop into a hot oven for around 40 minutes until cooked through.

Do you flip ribs on the grill?

It depends on the barbecuing style and how do you want them. For indirect cooking on a gas grill, some master grillers cook or barbecue their ribs for as long as 4 hours without ever flipping them over.


The best way to cook ribs on a charcoal grill is in foil. This easy-to-follow recipe will walk you through the process of cooking succulent and tender ribs on your grill. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be enjoying delicious BBQ ribs in no time!

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For many years, I was a vegetarian and relied on recipes that were full of vegetables to keep my meals interesting. As I’ve begun eating meat again, my love for cooking hasn’t changed one bit! It is my hope that you find inspiration and tasty recipes to keep your meals full of flavour!

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