This has definitely been a summer of grilling for our family. The sunny days have encouraged us to do some of our cooking outdoors instead of in. It’s also helped us to try out didn’t recipes with our meals and get savvier with using the grill. The next challenge for us- mastering ribs.
Grilling Ribs – Indirect Heat is Vital
We’ve started with a ribs a few times to test the waters. Grilling ribs is a bit different from other meats we’ve done because it requires long, slow, and indirect grilling. when I asked a friend for advice he mentioned 2 hours. Certainly different when we do a few minutes when we grill steaks. In can be done; here are a few points that have helped us with grilling ribs.
Prepare the Rack of Ribs
I was surprised to learn that depending on how the rack is cut by the store, you may have to do some additional trimming of the fat from the rack. You certainly don’t want to remove all of it, but you want to get the rack to fairly consistent on thickness. Removing unnecessary scraps and a bit of fat can be helpful sometimes.
If you’re looking for an easy to prepare and flavorful rub for your ribs, here’s one that’s Memphis style:
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cayenne
Mix all the ingredients together and spread it evenly on your ribs. Apply your rub no more than one hour before you put it on the grill.
Grilling Ribs Right
We have 2 burners (left/right) side by side with our grill. To position the rib rack properly on our grill we’d turn on one of the burners and then place the rack on the opposite side. Let them grill for about 30-40 minutes.
Using foil, cover the ribs and pour a bit of apple juice. Create a tight cover to make sure the juice does not leak out and it can tenderize the meat. It should be another 30-40 minutes.
Finally remove the ribs from the foil and place it back to the original spot on the grill, lowering the heat until done.
Thoughts on Grilling Ribs
By the way if you’re looking at getting a smokey flavor with your ribs and you’re using a gas grill, I want to mention a article with tips and tricks with smokey flavors. I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for preparing mouth watering ribs on the grill.