BBQ Rib Sandwich: the tasty, boneless barbecue rib sandwich recipe

Total time: 5H45
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
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pork ribs
1 rack (1 kg/2 pounds)
2 tbsp
Black pepper
1 tbsp
2 tbsp
2 tsp
Garlic powder
1 tsp
Ground cumin
1 tsp
Chili powder
1 tsp
BBQ sauce
1 cup
1/4 cup
parsley butter
caramelized onions

If you love ribs, then you’ll love this boneless BBQ Rib Sandwich. And if you were wondering, yes, it’s better than the one at Subway. It’s easy to make and is perfect if you’re making sandwiches for a large crowd.

Smoked, boneless ribs are added to a buttery, soft bun. Add caramelized onions, and you have a keeper. Unlike most rib sandwiches that make use of store-bought boneless ribs, this recipe uses homemade smoky ribs.

It’s easy to customize the recipe as you want. Use your own rub, a store-bought BBQ sauce, or add your favorite sandwich ingredients! Tender inside and crispy outside, everyone will love it!


Tip for The Best Smoked Rib Sandwich

You can cut down on cooking time by precooking the ribs in an InstantPot or pressure cooker, and then finishing off with the glaze in the oven. Rub the ribs with the seasoning, and place them in the InstantPot. Add ½ cup water and pressure cook on HIGH for 15 minutes. Allow to naturally release steam for about 10 minutes. You can now grill the ribs with the BBQ sauce until sticky.

BBQ Rib Sandwich Variations 

You can easily add any of your favorite sandwich ingredients. Here are a few of our favorite toppings:

Apple and fennel slaw

Iceberg lettuce and blue cheese dressing

Cranberry sauce

Dill pickles and ketchup

Caramelized onions and Swiss cheese

Creamy coleslaw

Grilled mushrooms


How To Store Boneless BBQ Rib Sandwich

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you want to make it ahead of time, you can cook and debone the ribs the day before.

Cook the caramelized onions and keep both in the fridge. You can also butter the buns and keep them in an airtight container at room temperature.

Assemble on the day of serving.

How To Make BBQ Rib Sandwich

Remove white film from the surface of ribs. In a small bowl, mix together the spices.

Use the spice to season both sides of the ribs.

Place the ribs on a baking pan, cover with parchment or foil, then bake 150°C/300°F for around 5 hours.

Combine honey and BBQ sauce.

Remove bones from ribs.

Flip them to reveal the meaty side and brush with honey-BBQ. Broil until nice and crispy.

Slice bread in half lengthwise and brush with parsley butter.

Place the ribs on top of the one half.

Place the caramelized onions on top of the ribs.

Sprinkle with parsley.

Slice into portions before serving.


You can make your own BBQ sauce. Simply cook together 2 cups ketchup,1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce. 1 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp hot sauce.

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