Smokey Barbecue Ribs with Homemade Cornbread


Indulge in the ultimate comfort food combo with our Smokey Barbecue Ribs paired with Homemade Cornbread. This dish features tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs coated in a rich, flavorful barbecue sauce, served alongside fluffy, sweet cornbread. It's a hearty and satisfying meal that's perfect for a family gathering or a backyard BBQ feast.

Smokey Barbecue Ribs with Homemade Cornbread

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Cooking Time: 4 hours (ribs) + 20 minutes (cornbread)
  • Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 4-6 people. 
  • Each serving includes a portion of barbecue ribs and a slice of cornbread.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 750 kcal
  • Protein: 40 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fat: 40 g
  • Saturated Fat: 15 g
  • Cholesterol: 120 mg
  • Sodium: 890 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g


For the Barbecue Ribs

  • Pork ribs: 1 rack (about 1.5 kg or 3.3 lbs)
  • Barbecue sauce: 240 ml (1 cup)
  • Brown sugar: 50 g (1/4 cup)
  • Paprika: 2 tbsp
  • Garlic powder: 1 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

For the Cornbread

  • Cornmeal: 160 g (1 cup)
  • All-purpose flour: 120 g (1 cup)
  • Sugar: 50 g (1/4 cup)
  • Baking powder: 1 tbsp
  • Milk: 240 ml (1 cup)
  • Eggs: 2
  • Butter, melted: 60 g (1/4 cup)

Method of Preparation

  • Mix brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture on the ribs.
  • Marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F). Wrap the ribs in foil and bake for 4 hours.
  • Unwrap, brush with barbecue sauce, and broil for 5-10 minutes.
  • Mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk milk, eggs, and melted butter. Combine with dry ingredients.
  • Pour into a greased pan and bake at 200°C (400°F) for 20 minutes.
  • Cut the ribs into portions and serve with a slice of warm cornbread.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For more tender ribs, let them marinate overnight.
  • Use a mix of honey and your favorite BBQ sauce for a sweet and tangy glaze.
  • Let the cornbread cool slightly before slicing for clean cuts.


Can I grill the ribs instead of baking?

Yes, grill over low heat for about 3-4 hours, turning occasionally.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator in airtight containers. Reheat in the oven.

Can I make the cornbread gluten-free?

Yes, use gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose flour.