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!

easy rib marinade on boneless pork ribs

I’ve been trying to venture 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. A dinner recipe ready for your summer 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.

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 are a type of ribs that don’t have bones. And guess what? 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, baby back ribs or even boneless pork loin chops 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. You can also make ribs in your instant pot, too! Instant Pot Blueberry BBQ Ribs

3 ingredient pork rib marinade in a bowl

Pork Rib Marinade Recipe

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? Pork ribs can sit marinating 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.
a plate of marinated spare ribs with macaroni salad and baked beans

Oven Roasted Ribs Recipe

If you’d like, instead of grilling, roast the boneless pork ribs in the oven. Use a dutch oven and add the pork ribs and this easy pork rib marinade. Toss to coat. Then cover and bake at 300ºF for about 3 hours until the ribs are fork tender.

If you love ribs, try our fork-tender spare ribs. We show you step by step how to make the juiciest ribs. Our bbq pork chops are popular, too!

What to Serve with Pork Ribs

This recipe is great with casserole dishes like hash brown casserole, but it also delicious with something simple like baked sweet potatoes or a roasted vegetables such as brussels sprouts.

For a picnic, try these side dishes:

closeup of grilled pork ribs
closeup of grilled pork ribs

3 Ingredient Pork Rib Marinade

4.59 from 332 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

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  • 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 medium bowl, whisk together 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. ½ cup olive oil, ½ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup ketchup, black pepper, 3 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • Heat the grill to 400ºFahrenheit.
  • 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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5 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!

Dixie Davidson
7 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.

9 years ago

These look absolutely fantastic, and I love any marinade that’s 3 ingredients and packs a punch!

Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates
9 years ago

We love ribs at our house! Love how simple this marinade is!

Debbie Caraballo
9 years ago

5 stars
We’re grilling hot dogs, burgers, and pork ribs for our celebration…which is why I was so eager to see this recipe! I really like it, and think hubby will too…thanks for a great, simple marinade recipe, plus the chance to win a great giveaway.

Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
9 years ago

Hi Julie, hope you and the family are having a great summer – I know you are eating well! These ribs look so good!

9 years ago

We’ll be grilling up hot links and burgers!

9 years ago

We will be grilling (for the first time in years) baby back ribs. well, my hubby will be doing the grilling (I am letting him grill for the first time in his life! Please cross your fingers for me!)

margaret nisbet
9 years ago

We are doing ribs too, this marinade is really easy and I like the ten minute marinating time.

Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen
9 years ago

Wow those look perfect for your first time cooking ribs! I love how easy this marinade is – and it sounds so yummy! You have inspired me- I may just be serving up ribs for the 4th 🙂

9 years ago

Making chicken breast marinaded in balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing and marinade.,.To die for…a little seasoning salt and pepper. The brand of dressing is “Gazebo Room”. I’m sure any kind would work.

Ellie Wright
9 years ago

We’ll be grilling beef and chicken for fajitas on the 4th. I love ribs cooked in the smoker and my son makes some awesome ones. But his spice rub is top secret and I haven’t gotten it out of him yet.

Justine | Cooking and Beer
9 years ago

Oh my goodness, these ribs look like they take so many more ingredients than they actually do! They look so tasty!

9 years ago

I’m having bbq chicken with grilled zukes and pineapple. But after seeing your yummy ribs, I might have to rethink this!

9 years ago

All my rib recipes have more than 3 ingredients but this sounds interesting and worth trying. Happy 4th of July!

Pete Mathis
9 years ago

Grilling pork chops and sweet corn for the 4th.