Skip the Grill, Deep Fry Your Ribs

Skip the Grill, Deep Fry Your Ribs

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deep fried ribs

There's no denying the ribs cooked on the grill are amazing. But if you're looking to break out of a grilling rut, look to fried foods for a different way to make delicious ribs. Deep-fried ribs take pork ribs to the next level by giving them a little bit of a coating and a few minutes in hot oil for a delightful crispy rib. The best thing about deep-fried ribs is that you can use your favorite dry rub and bbq dipping sauce with this tasty recipe.

Deep-fried ribs are a two-step recipe. Start with pork spareribs or baby back ribs. You first need to smoke the ribs for two hours, or you can place the ribs on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven instead. Use a dry rub instead of a marinade with this ribs recipe; any rib rub works here. Then let the ribs cool completely and separate them into individual ribs. While the ribs are cooling, set up everything you'll need for step two.

To create a light and crispy breading, you need a batter of milk, egg, and beer. Your favorite beer will work, though pilsners, lagers or ales (pale or brown) work best. Just make sure it's something you want to drink because you only need about four ounces. If you don't like beer, you can use club soda. You'll dip each rib into the batter, then into another pan or bowl with a flour mixture, containing all-purpose flour, salt and black pepper. Shake off the excess flour.

Drop each marinated rib into a deep fryer filled with peanut oil or vegetable oil, heated to 350 degrees. The ribs cook pretty quickly, you'll need a total time of about two or three minutes, until they are golden brown. Don't overcrowd the fryer; you'll definitely need to deep fry in multiple batches. Serve your deep fried ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce; you can go sweet Southern, spicy Cajun-style, sweet and sour Asian. You can also add garlic powder or soy sauce for extra flavor. Whatever bbq sauce you choose, make sure you have plenty of napkins or paper towels on hand!

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This post was originally published on September 25, 2020.

Deep Fried Ribs 

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 2.5 hours



  • 2 racks pork ribs St. Louis cut or babyback
  • Dry rub Your favorite recipe
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-6 ounces beer
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour Season the flour with salt and pepper
  • Oil for deep fryer


Clean and dry the ribs, then rub both sides with your favorite dry rub. Smoke the ribs in your smoker or roast in the oven on 400 degrees for two hours. Let the ribs cool completely.

Mix the milk, eggs and beer in a flat, deep dish. Mix the flour and seasonings in another flat dish.

Once the ribs are cool, separate them. Dip each rib into the batter, then lightly dredge in the flour mixture.

Carefully drop each rib into a deep fryer heated to 350 degrees. Deep fry for two to three minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

When you pull the ribs out of the fryer, place them on a wire rack or paper towels to drain.

Serve warm with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Deep Fried Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 956 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55g 85%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 216mg 72%
Sodium 500mg 21%
Potassium 825mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 61g 122%
Vitamin A 4%
Calcium 16%
Iron 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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