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Top down shot of a 2 racks of ribs in a marinade sitting in a white baking dish.

Rib Marinade Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 batch marinade 1x
  • Category: Marinade
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American


Rib Marinade Recipe – a delicious and easy rib marinade recipe that really takes any rib recipe to the next level!


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (sub Tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of ground black pepper


  1. Combine Marinade ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside. 
  2. Pat ribs dry with clean paper towel. Place ribs, meat side down, on a baking sheet. Using a small knife, gently lift off the corner of the membrane (a layer of thin connective tissue) and gently pull to remove.
  3. Place ribs in 9×13 baking dish and pour marinade over top – rub marinade all over ensuring it covers every nook and cranny.
  4. Cover and let marinate 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Remove from marinade (discard excess) and cook your ribs your favorite way – we love grilled ribs, oven baked ribs and smoked ribs!


  • Gluten-Free: simply sub in Tamari or coconut aminos for the soy sauce to make this gluten-free.
  • Overnight: the recipe card notes to let the ribs marinate for at least 30-60 minutes, but if you have the time you can let them sit overnight for maximum juiciness!
  • Storage: option to prep these ahead of time and let them marinate overnight in the fridge or in freezer-safe bags in the freezer for up to 3 months.  Then just thaw in the fridge and cook any way you want!