Barbecue Garlic Pork Rib Roast

This pork rib roast recipe is one of our family favorites for a few reasons,

  • it's very easy to make (my reason!),
  • it's stuffed with cloves of garlic and flavored from the inside out,
  • it's coated with a delicious Honey, Mustard and Bourbon glaze and
  • because this pork roast recipe has rib bones it stays juicy all the way to the dining room table.
bbq pork rib roast recipe

The picture above was taken about 10 minutes after I removed the pork roast from the Big Green Egg. You can use any type of barbecue or grill as long as it has a cover.

You can see part of a garlic clove that's been stuffed into the pork roast before cooking. You can also see how juicy the meat is.

There's no such thing as a specific pork roast cooking time, you should always monitor the internal temperature.

I recommend cooking this pork roast until you have an internal temperature between 145F and 155F on the grill.

› Pork Rib Roast

Serves: 6 - 8 (depending on roast size)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: remove roast when internal temperature is 145F - 155F

Indirect Heat: 325F - 350F

Note: for best results let the roast sit 4 hours in the dry rub before cooking.

What you'll need:

sliced garlic cloves
  • 1 Pork Rib Roast with 6 - 8 ribs (usually 1 rib per person)
  • 6 cloves peeled garlic cut into halves (makes 12 pieces)

bbq pork dry rub

For the dry rub:

  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

bbq pork roast glazing sauce

For the basting sauce:

  • 1/3 cup grainy dijon mustard (regular will also do)
  • 1/3 cup Jack Daniels bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Step 1:
Prepare the dry rub by combining the ingredients listed above in a small glass bowl. Set aside.

In a medium sauce pan combine the pork basting sauce ingredients listed above and bring to a gentle boil. Let simmer several minutes then remove from the heat and set aside.

Slice the 6 cloves of garlic in half to make 12 slivers.

how to prepare pork rib roast

Lay the pork rib roast on a cutting board and insert a sharp knife into the top of the meat between the rib bones across the width of the roast.

pork roast prepare to insert garlic

Don't insert the knife all the way through the roast - just half way into the middle.

Continue to insert the knife into the pork roast along the large back side.

insert garlic in pork rib roast recipe

Insert a sliver of garlic into each hole you made with your knife.

Push the garlic into the meat far enough so you no longer see the garlic clove.

bbq pork rib roast dry rubbed

Step 2:
With your hands rub the pork dry rub all over the roast.

Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

how to bbq a pork roast

Step 3:
Set up your barbecue or grill for indirect cooking and preheat to 325F - 350F.

Place a disposable aluminum pan filled with water under the grate and place the roast on the grate over the pan of water.

Insert a cooking thermometer or remote thermometer sensor into the thickest part of the meat so the tip of the probe is in the center of the roast but not touching a bone.

Close the lid of the BBQ.

When the internal temperature reaches 130F - 135F begin basting the roast with the bbq pork basting sauce made earlier and continue basting until the internal temperature reaches 155F.

Once the roast has reached an internal temperature of 145F - 155F remove it from the barbeque and cover with tented aluminum foil to rest (internal temperature will climb to 160F)

Slice the roast between the rib bones, drizzle any remaining basting sauce over the slices and serve.


slow cooked pork rib roast with honey bourbon glaze

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