Honey Mustard Glazed Ribs

These honey mustard glazed ribs are tender and juicy with a hint of tanginess and the sweetness of honey perfect for the summer!

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Great BBQ ribs take effort, time, and a really amazing glaze. This honey mustard glazed ribs recipe provides the method and one of the best glazes you will ever have, so all that’s remaining is for you to put in the work to make some delicious ribs!

Don’t forget to serve your glazed ribs with a side of Grilled Broccoli! Or if you’re not a fan of broccoli why not try Grilled Zucchini instead?

honey mustard glazed ribs whole on a cutting board

Honey Mustard Glazed Ribs

Nothing quite says summer like getting the grill out, cleaning off the winter cobwebs, and cooking a BBQ feast.

While you could ease into the BBQ season slowly with a pack of sausage and burgers and nothing else, why not celebrate the warmer weather by going the extra mile with these honey mustard glazed ribs and grill up a real feast?

While these ribs will definitely require a bit of effort with glazing and temp watching to ensure tenderness, the flavor of these honey mustard ribs will be definitely worth it.

honey mustard glazed ribs ingredients in small clear bowls beside a rack of raw ribs

Could You Scale Up The Recipe?

Getting the grill out and going to all of the efforts of cleaning it and setting it up is often not worth it when just cooking for yourself. It therefore only makes sense that while you do have the grill on to cook as large a portion as possible so that you have leftovers to enjoy for days after!

Honey mustard glazed ribs will last several days in the fridge and can be either eaten cold or reheated in the oven to create a whole extra meal.

Scaling up the recipe is super easy as well, with the only real limit being the size of your grill. If for example, you choose to double the recipe using two racks of spare ribs, all you need to do is also double all of the glaze ingredients.

Don’t double up the time, though! Though the additional meat in the grill will make the meat cook a little slower, you won’t need to do more than about 10% extra cooking time to end up with perfectly tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs.

honey mustard glazed ribs sauce in a clear bowl unmixed

How To Store Your Leftover Ribs

When storing leftover ribs you want to try and save as much of the glaze as possible so that you are not left with dry ribs the next day.

If you plan to reheat your ribs in the oven, the best option is to wrap the leftover ribs in foil in the fridge. This way you can place the whole foil package in the oven allowing the ribs to reheat in the leftover glaze.

Ribs can also be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge and this is usually the better option if you are going to be eating them cold the next day. When eating leftover ribs cold, you don’t need to worry so much about them drying out and needing the extra glaze.

If you have leftover glaze from the initial cooking process, store this in a separate container so that it can be used as a sauce when eating leftover ribs. The extra sauce will help to prevent the ribs from drying out when being reheated. It can also be used as a dip for cold ribs!

honey mustard glazed ribs on a cutting board whole

Why It Is Important To Turn Your Ribs Every 5 Minutes

It might seem tempting to simply place your ribs on the grill, coat them in glaze, and walk away, especially if you’re entertaining guests, but you will definitely notice the difference if you go the extra mile and check on them every five minutes.

Turning the ribs every five minutes ensure that they cook evenly and that they do not stick to the grill. Plus, the frequent basting prevents the glaze from sticking and burning and gives it a chance to work through the meat and develop a deeper flavor.

So while the extra work might seem like a lot of bothers, great BBQ simply takes that little bit of effort to become truly delicious, so don’t skip this step!

honey mustard glazed ribs sliced and stacked on a white plate

What To Serve With Your Glazed Ribs

Part of the fun of grilling is being outside in the sunshine and being able to focus your attention on the actual grilling process. Therefore you want to avoid side dishes that require you to be darting between the kitchen and the grill.

Ideally, you want to pair your ribs with a side dish that ticks one of three boxes:

Either it can also be cooked on the grill alongside the ribs, it can be prepared in advance ready to serve when the ribs are cooked, or it requires almost no attention while left to cook in the kitchen and you are outside.

Here are a few choices from each of these options to ensure you have plenty of side dishes to choose from.

– Grilled Vegetables

You can rarely go wrong with a side of grilled vegetables such as broccoli, zucchini, or eggplants. Vegetables make people feel better for overindulging in less healthy food and they are super easy to prepare as well.

You can slice and season all of your veggies in advance and then add them to the grill in the final stages of cooking your ribs and you have a feast ready to impress!

– Baked Potato

Baked potatoes firmly fit into the category of being one of those sides that you can leave to cook in the oven while you are outside focused on the grilling. Then, once the ribs are ready to serve you can run in and grab them and you are ready to eat.

You could even bake your potatoes in foil on the grill if you have enough space and want to keep everything outside.

–  Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a BBQ favorite and for a good reason. You can prepare your coleslaw a day in advance, giving it a chance to sit in the fridge and for all of the flavors to meld together.

Then all you need to do is grab it from the fridge when it is time to eat and serve it alongside your ribs!

Looking for more delicious BBQ and Charcoal Grilling recipes? Try these out:

Sweet & Sour Chicken Shish Kabobs

BBQ Five-Spice Rotisserie Chicken

Sweet & Smoky Whisky Smoked Ribs

Happy Cooking!




These honey mustard glazed ribs are tender and juicy with a hint of tanginess and the  sweetness of honey.

Honey Mustard Glazed Ribs

These honey mustard glazed ribs are tender and juicy with a hint of tanginess and the sweetness of honey perfect for the summer!
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 rack pork spare ribs (2-3 lbs)


  • ¼ cup Dijon Mustard (or wholegrain mustard)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar


  • Add the glaze ingredients together mixing well and set aside.
  • In a large pot bring water to a boil. Add the spare ribs and turn the heat down to medium and let the ribs simmer for about 20-25 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Put the ribs on a plate and pour about 1/2 of the glaze on them and spread it on both sides with a basting brush.
  • Grill for about 20-25 minutes, turning every 5 minutes while basting with a clean basting brush and the remaining glaze near the end of the cooking time.
  • Serve with your favorite loaded baked potato or coleslaw.

Recipe Notes

  • This Recipe doubles easily if you are making a larger portion or you want to save some in the fridge for another meal.
  • These ribs are also easily done in the oven at 400° for 20-25 minutes to brown them up.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 985kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 51g, Fat: 77g, Saturated Fat: 25g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Monounsaturated Fat: 28g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 260mg, Sodium: 440mg, Potassium: 840mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 11IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Sharon says

    Boiled ribs!! My Texas heart let out a wail that broke my window. why not just wrap them in foil and let them steam? In other words, grill, wrap, then sauce and broil if you can’t just grill them.3 stars

  2. Aeil says

    This is easy delicious and fast
    Friends thought I cooked for hours
    On grill I did five racks one hour forty
    Minute’s boil
    Thank you so very much for sharing
    your recipes five stars two thumbs up
    For easy delicious awesome
    Ill use this recipe all summer long
    Thanks again 😎😎
    Have a awesome summer ✌️5 stars

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