Honey BBQ Ribs

Honey BBQ Ribs

Sweet and sticky...'nuff said!

How good are sweet and sticky barbecued ribs? They just can’t be beat! This recipe uses honey and ketchup as a base and gets an influx of flavor from French onion soup. It has some decent flavor. The best thing about this barbecue sauce is it’s simplicity. Plus there’s only 5 ingredients. It doesn’t get much easier!

Serves 2-4


  • 1 rack pork spareribs (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed French Onion Soup
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • About a cup of hickory or fruit wood wood chips



  1. Prepare your ribs by removing the membrane from the inner portion of the ribs. This membrane will inhibit the flavors of the meat rub and smoke from penetrating the meat. Trim off any excess fat. See the sidebar if you need to review how that is done
  2. Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium (225 to 250-degrees F).
  3. Place ribs, meat side up on the grill opposite the fire. Add smoking chips and close the lid.
  4. Cook for 3-4 hours while maintaining the heat as close to 225-degree F as possible, or until meat is fork tender.
  5. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the soup, ketchup, honey, garlic powder and black pepper.  Over medium-high heat bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. During the final hour, baste both sides of the ribs with the soup mixture. Repeat every 10-15 minutes.
  7. During the last 20 minutes, move the ribs right over the fire. Grill the ribs for 20 minutes or until well glazed, turning and brushing often with the soup mixture.
  8. Remove from grill and baste once again. Allow ribs to rest for 10 minutes. Cut the ribs into serving-sized pieces and serve ’em up!

Enjoy your ribs and always remember…admire the fire!

Recipe inspired by Campbell's Kitchen


How Ya Be Cookin’ Dem Barbecued Ribs?

We here at TopRibs prefer the Low-n-Slow method of cooking our barbecue ribs, but understand that method may not be suitable all the time. Great ribs can be had from the oven as well. A quick sear on the grill can also produce a decent rack of barbecued ribs. If you want to cook your pork ribs different than the recipe above calls out for, then see your other options here.

Low and Slow

Low and Slow



On The Grill



In the Oven

Also Good

Hey!…it could happen!

A man was driving up a steep and narrow mountain road. A woman was driving down the same road. As they pass each other, the woman leans out the window and yells “Pig!” The man immediately leans out his window and replied, “Hag!” They continue on their way and as the man rounds the next corner, he crashes into a pig in the middle of the road.


What Ya Be Fixin’ Wit Dem Barbecued Ribs?

Man can’t survive by meat alone…OK, maybe we could, but your barbecue ribs sure taste better with a side dish or two. Here’s some good ideas:

Grilled Cornbread

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The Lazy Man's Way

Bacon & Shrimp

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A Great Appetizer!

Grilled Peaches

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Good For Any Course

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