Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe

Welcome BBQ fans and foodies to my latest recipe – the Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe! These ribs are a must-try for anyone who loves grilling, comfort food, or just plain deliciousness. Trust me, once you sink your teeth into these juicy, meaty ribs, you’ll understand why they’re called “killer.”

As an assistant to a BBQ chef, I’ve scoured countless recipes and tried various techniques to replicate the famous Texas Roadhouse ribs. And let me tell you, this copycat recipe is as close as it gets to the real thing.

Picture this: you gather around with your family and friends in your backyard for an unforgettable summer BBQ. The smell of sizzling meat fills the air as you baste each rib with our signature seasoning sauce. Everyone waits eagerly to take their first bite, and then… bliss. That’s what these ribs will make you feel.

So why not impress your guests and take your grilling game to the next level with our Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe? Whether it’s for a holiday spread or just a casual weeknight dinner, these ribs will satisfy all cravings and make you a backyard hero.

Stay tuned for more mouth-watering sections that will guide you through this recipe – from ingredient lists to serving recommendations. Let’s get grilling!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat
Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat

Mouthwatering, finger-licking, fall-off-the-bone ribs – that’s what you’ll get with this Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe. If you’ve ever been to Texas Roadhouse and have tasted their legendary ribs, this recipe will give you the chance to replicate that succulent and flavorful experience in your own backyard.

Not only is this recipe easy and cost-effective, but it’s also a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. You can make it for a summer barbecue, a game day party or even on a lazy Sunday just because you deserve it! Plus, with the current situation of dine-in restrictions, recreating your favorite restaurant recipes like Texas Roadhouse’s killer ribs at home is the perfect substitute.

What sets these ribs apart is the unique blend of spices in their seasoning mix – paprika, garlic powder, fresh black pepper, salt and liquid smoke combined with Worcestershire sauce, honey, brown sugar, white vinegar, tomato paste and water. They provide an explosion of flavor with every bite.

This recipe includes a make-ahead option which makes it great for meal prep or hosting events as you don’t have to worry about tending to the grill while entertaining guests. It only takes a few minutes to prepare the ingredients and pop them into the oven for a hassle-free cooking experience.

So whether you’re looking to try something new or just craving that authentic Texas Roadhouse flavor from your own kitchen, this copycat recipe is perfect. You’ll be able to enjoy the smoky-sweet goodness of Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs without leaving your doorstep.

Ingredient List

 Get ready for some finger-licking good ribs!
Get ready for some finger-licking good ribs!

Here is a list of everything you will need to make this Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe. Most of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or supermarket. If you are missing an ingredient, don’t worry – I will also provide substitutions and variations later on in the article.

Minced Garlic and Onion Mixture

  • 1/4 cup minced fresh onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

Rib Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups water


  • 1 slab pork loin rib (frozen)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke

Vegetable Oil

  • 4 cups vegetable oil

Steak Fries

  • Frozen steak fries (optional)

Note: You may find that some of these ingredients are unique to the recipe. Don’t sweat it. Our goal is to make a copycat Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs recipe here, not just any ordinary ribs recipe.

The Recipe How-To

Now, onto the good stuff – how to make these Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making your own restaurant-quality ribs at home.

Ingredient Preparation

Before getting started on the ribs themselves, gather all the necessary ingredients and prepare them accordingly:

  • Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C).

  • Dry rub: Create a dry rub using 3 tablespoons of paprika, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of fresh black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of salt. Mix well.

  • Liquid mixture: Combine 2 cups water, 1/2 cup Texas Roadhouse Rib Seasoning, 2 cups liquid smoke, 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, and 1/4 cup fresh onion. Whisk together until fully combined.

  • Pork preparation: Place the pork loin rib-side down on a cutting board. Remove the tough membrane from underneath the ribs by sliding a butter knife between it and the meat. Sprinkle the dry rub liberally over both sides of the rib, then pour half of the liquid mixture on top of each side, making sure it covers evenly.

Cooking the Ribs

Once all ingredients are prepared and ready to go, it’s time to start cooking! Follow these steps for perfect Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs:

  1. Lay out a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil long enough to wrap around the entire slab of pork loin rib. Place the rib in the center of the foil.

  2. Wrap up tightly so no juices can escape while cooking. Place in a baking dish or on a baking sheet.

  3. Bake for 7 hours at 250°F (120°C).

  4. After 7 hours, remove from oven and unwrap carefully – watch out for hot steam!

  5. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing into individual servings.

Final Touches

Of course, you can’t have ribs without BBQ sauce! Add some homemade or store-bought sauce to give these Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs that extra bit of flavor.

Tips for Perfect Results

  • Use a digital meat thermometer to ensure internal temperature reaches at least 145°F (63°C) before eating.

  • If you don’t have liquid smoke on hand, substitute with smoked paprika.

  • To make these ribs even better next time around, experiment with different seasoning variations or try smoking them on an outdoor grill instead of baking them in the oven!

With this recipe and these tips in mind, you’re ready to make perfect Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs every time. You’ll be amazed at how well they replicate the ones from your favorite BBQ restaurant!

Substitutions and Variations

 These ribs might be copycats, but they are just as delicious as the real deal.
These ribs might be copycats, but they are just as delicious as the real deal.

While this recipe is sure to be a hit with your friends and family just the way it is, there are always options for substitutions and variations to cater to personal preferences. Here are some ideas:

– Liquid smoke: If you don’t have liquid smoke on hand or prefer not to use it, you can replace it with smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder.

– Worcestershire sauce: If you’re out of Worcestershire sauce, you can try using steak sauce or soy sauce instead.

– Honey: For a vegan option, you can swap honey for agave nectar or maple syrup.

– Brown sugar: If you’re looking to reduce sugar intake, try using coconut sugar or even leaving out the brown sugar altogether.

– Tomato paste: If you’re looking for a more tomato-forward flavor, you can add diced tomatoes instead of the tomato paste.

– Pork loin: Instead of pork loin ribs, try using beef ribs or spare ribs for a different taste.

– Roadhouse seasoning: Don’t have the roadhouse seasoning on hand? Make your own by mixing together garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, and salt.

By making a few tweaks here and there, you can really make this recipe your own while still maintaining the beloved flavors of Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs.

Serving and Pairing

 Your taste buds are in for a treat with this Texas-style BBQ recipe.
Your taste buds are in for a treat with this Texas-style BBQ recipe.

Once you have prepared the Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe, it’s time to savor the flavors! The best way to serve these mouthwatering ribs is hot off the grill, with steak fries or Ruth Chris Potatoes Au Gratin on the side. Don’t forget to add your favorite BBQ sauce for dipping.

The ribs pair well with a cold beer or a glass of red wine. Try a full-bodied Zinfandel or a Cabernet Sauvignon to complement the richness of the meat. If you prefer beer, go for a dark, rich brew such as a porter or a stout. A cold glass of iced tea will also be perfect to cool down your taste buds.

For a complete meal, adding some greens like coleslaw or roasted vegetables would balance the rich flavors of the Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs. You can also serve them alongside cornbread topped with honey butter to round out your meal.

If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue with friends and family, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Serve the ribs on a large platter alongside steak fries and other BBQ favorites like spare ribs, smoked chicken, and pulled pork.

Enjoy the combination of the savory and sweet taste of these Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe on any casual weekend party, family dinner or celebration.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get your grill hot and your appetite ready for some juicy, tender ribs.
Get your grill hot and your appetite ready for some juicy, tender ribs.

When it comes to BBQ, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead of time. Fortunately, you can make these Texas Roadhouse killer ribs ahead of time and reheat them when you’re ready to serve.

To make-ahead these succulent ribs, simply bake them according to the recipe instructions, then let them cool before wrapping them in foil or plastic wrap. They can then be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

When you’re ready to serve, preheat your grill or oven to 350°F, unwrap the ribs and place them on the grill or in the oven until they’re heated through. This process should take around 10-15 minutes.

If you have leftovers that need reheating, it’s important not to over-microwave them as this can dry out the meat. Instead, microwave them on high for around 1-2 minutes at a time until they’re heated through.

If you plan on storing your leftover ribs in the freezer, make sure they are wrapped tightly in foil or plastic wrap and then placed into an airtight container. You can store cooked ribs in the freezer for up to three months.

To thaw frozen ribs, move them from the freezer to the refrigerator and leave them there overnight. Then, reheat them using any of the methods mentioned above.

Remember, when it comes to storing and reheating your Texas Roadhouse killer ribs, it’s always best to plan ahead and handle them with care to ensure that they retain their delicious flavor and juicy meat.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Charred to perfection and bursting with flavor.
Charred to perfection and bursting with flavor.

Now that you have all the ingredients and the step-by-step process for making the perfect Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs, it’s time to focus on some tips that will help you achieve flawless results.

1. Don’t Overcook or Undercook Your Ribs:

Cooking ribs requires precision and patience. If you undercook them, they will be tough and chewy, while overcooking them will make them dry and unappetizing. To achieve the perfect balance, ensure that your grill is at the right temperature, rotate your ribs often, use a meat thermometer to check when they are ready —they should reach an internal temperature of 145° Fahrenheit—, and let them rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

2. Enhance Flavor with Dry Rub:

For an extra depth of flavor, sprinkle your Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs with a generous amount of dry rub before grilling. You can make your own by mixing paprika, garlic powder, fresh black pepper, salt, and brown sugar together. Alternatively, you can use a ready-made rub.

3. Baste with Barbecue Sauce:

Consider basting your Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs with barbecue sauce during the last 20–30 minutes of grilling. This technique will help to caramelize the sauce and add a tangy flavor to the ribs. You can also serve additional sauce on the side for dipping.

4. Keep Your Grill Clean:

A clean grill is essential for optimal performance and safety. Leaving debris or grease buildup on the grill can cause flareups that will burn your food and potentially damage your equipment. After each use, clean your grill grates with a brush or scraper; remove any ashes from charcoal grills; and wipe down any grease spots.

5. Let Your Meat Rest Before Cutting:

When you’re ready to slice your Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs, resist the urge to dig in immediately. Letting your meat rest for 10–15 minutes after cooking allows its juices to redistribute throughout the meat and makes it taste more tender and juicy.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to make delicious Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs that rival those served at any restaurant.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, with this Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe, you can now enjoy the mouth-wateringly delicious ribs of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the comfort of your own home. With simple and easily available ingredients, you can replicate the legendary flavors of the restaurant with ease.

By following our step-by-step instructions and tips, you can create moist, tender and juicy ribs that are kicked up a notch with our special rib seasoning. You can also experiment with variations and substitutions to make the recipe your own. Serve the ribs as a main dish with your favorite sides or pair them with a refreshing salad or a cold beer.

So why not save yourself a trip to the restaurant and make Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs at home? Impress your friends and family with your culinary skills while indulging in premium quality ribs that replicate roadhouse experience. Whether it’s for a family dinner or for entertaining guests, this recipe is sure to be a hit. Give it try and become a BBQ hero like no other!

Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat

Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs Copycat Recipe

While the company does not divulge their exact secret recipe, it’s possible to make a dish very similar to Texas Roadhouse ribs at home by knowing the cooking process and a blend of spices that replicates the restaurant dish. copycatrecipeguide.com
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 2 days
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1 rack
Calories 481.5 kcal


  • 1 slab pork loin rib, frozen
  • 1/4 cup texas roadhouse rib seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh onion
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon whiskey
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground fresh black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika


  • Score the frozen ribs several times on the back of the rack.[3]
  • Allow to thaw overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a wire rack in a large shallow pan large enough to hold the rack of ribs.
  • Rub 1/8 cup of the Texas Roadhouse rib seasoning over each side of the ribs. Use additional seasoning if needed to cover each side of the ribs.
  • Combine the water and liquid smoke in the large pan. Mix well.
  • Place the ribs in the pan on top of the wire rack. Do not allow the ribs to touch the water-liquid smoke mixture. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for about five hours. Cook until the ribs nearly fall off the bone.
  • While the ribs are cooking, saute the onion in vegetable oil in a saucepan. When the onion is soft, add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for an hour over low heat, until thickened.
  • Preheat a charcoal or gas grill.
  • Grill covered for about four minutes on each side. Brush with BBQ sauce, then flip to allow the sauce to caramelize. Repeat with the other side. Serve.



Serving: 182gCalories: 481.5kcalCarbohydrates: 88.1gProtein: 3.3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1.8gSodium: 2670.1mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 80.5g
Keyword Meat, Pork, Savory
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Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.