3 Ingredient Pork Rib Marinade

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A simple 3 Ingredient Pork Rib Marinade to make your cookout quick and easy. Ready in under 30 minutes!

I’ve been trying venture out from the standard cuts of meat that I always buy. Pork ribs were one of those foods that always looked amazing, but I never tackled.  So today I share with you a simple 3 Ingredient Pork Rib Marinade. Just in time for your July 4th grilling. It will be ready for your picnic in just under 30 minutes.

Whether you’re celebrating the Fourth of July with a backyard BBQ or grilling up some tasty pork ribs for a neighborhood cookout, pork has you covered. With so many cuts and preparation methods to try and endless flavor combinations to explore, pork is the must-have this grilling season.

3 ingredient grilled pork ribs

What are Country Style Ribs?

Country style ribs might seem strange. We traditionally think of ribs as long “rack” of ribs with rib bones. Although country style ribs look like ribs in that they are long strips, they don’t have rib bones. They actually don’t come from the ribs. They are a budget-friendly cut of pork from either the blade end of the shoulder or the shoulder itself. I’ve seen some ribs labeled as “Pork Shoulder Country Style Ribs”, meaning they are cut from a shoulder steak.

You can use this marinade on spare ribs or baby back ribs if you’d like.

How to Cook Country Style Ribs

Country style ribs are not only affordable but also very versatile. They have a great marbling which gives flavor and juiciness. They are excellent for braising or slow cooking, but can also be cooked quickly on high heat for a fast dinner option.

If you find country style ribs on sale, cut them up in slices or cubes and freeze for quick stir frys and stews.

3 ingredient pork rib marinade in a bowl

Easy Pork Rib Marinade

Should you marinate ribs? We think so!

What should you soak your ribs in? This recipe is special because it comes from my grandma’s sister, my great aunt. I’m not sure how I ended up with her hand-written recipe, but at some point early in our marriage she shared it with us. This simple mixture of ketchup, soy sauce and oil was my go-to marinade for many years. Basic ingredients. Simple, but savory flavor. It’s also good on chicken!

How long do you let ribs marinate? You can allow the pork ribs to marinate for several hours or even overnight if you’d like, but let them sit for at least 10 minutes.

pork ribs on a grill

How to Make Grilled Pork Ribs

  • Pick up some boneless, country-style ribs at your local grocery store. 
  • Mix up the three marinade ingredients in a small bowl and then pour it over your ribs.  Let them marinate for the day if you’d like…or when you are in a bind and need an easy dinner, just marinate for 10 minutes or so while the grill is heating.
  • Pop these ribs onto a hot grill and let them cook on each side for 4-5 minutes.  Internal pork temperature needs to be about 145º Fahrenheit. It’s ok if there is a blush of pink inside.
  • Allow the pork ribs to rest for 3 minutes before serving.
bbq pork, beans and salad on a table

If you love ribs, try our fork-tender spare ribs. We show you step by step how to make the juiciest ribs!

closeup of grilled pork ribs
closeup of grilled pork ribs

3 Ingredient Pork Rib Marinade

4.52 from 177 votes
A simple 3 Ingredient Pork Rib Marinade to make your cookout quick and easy. Ready in under 30 minutes!
Servings 10
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • black pepper optional, to taste
  • 3 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs


  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, soy sauce and ketchup. Add the black pepper, if desired. Mix well. Place the pork ribs in a pan. Pour the marinade over the ribs and allow them to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the ribs on the hot grill and allow them to cook for 5 minutes. Turn the ribs, being careful not to puncture the ribs, which would let the juice escape.
  • Grill the ribs for an additional 4-5 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the ribs reaches 145º Fahrenheit.  
  • Allow the pork to rest for 3 minutes, then serve.


The calories shown are based on recipe serving 10, with 1 serving being 1/10 of the pork. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 788mg | Potassium: 476mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 270
Keyword country style ribs, easy dinner idea, easy dinner recipe, how to cook ribs

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Dixie Davidson
5 years ago

5 stars
Simple and easy is what I like. I will be doing the grilled pork ribs for the first time tonight for dinner. Thanks for your recipe.

3 years ago

5 stars
Since it’s cold outside, I decided to do these in the oven. For the marinade I added 1 tbs. sweet chili seasoning, let the ribs soak 10 minutes, the put them in a slow oven @ 325 degrees. I covered the pan with foil and baked 2 hours. Then removed the foil and broiled until ribs were a little crisp. Tender and delicious. Thank you for this simple and tasty recipe. A keeper!

Big Jon
3 years ago

I added some brown sugar and chopped garlic to the marinade!

2 years ago

5 stars
This is really great! Thanks :D. I actually left mine for about 24 hours and they really tender and juicy. Baked in the oven at 230C (446f) for about 45 mins.

Juan Lopez
1 year ago

What about in the oven