Many people enjoy bbq ribs and the sweet rich smoky aroma of barbecued ribs is not only appetizing during family reunions and Thanksgiving. Aside from the initial setup and labor involved, bbq is simply one of the cooking processes that produce delicious meals and recipes. Most people find it relatively easy to bbq meat steaks, but have a challenge when it comes to ribs. The truth is ribs are not any difficulty to bbq than steaks if you know what is needed. Once you have set up your bbq and rack, and prepared your ribs, the procedures are more or less the same. Here is a brief description of how to bbq ribs (adult or baby ribs). The process may differ slightly depending on what ribs (pork, beef…) you are barbequing.
The first step in rib barbequing is grill preparation. Make sure the grill is cleaned and ready for your barbeque. Ribs, meat and fish often leave their unique flavors on the rack so make a practice to clean, dry and air your grill once you are done smoking or grilling. Place the grill on a solid spot where you will bbq your ribs.
Rib preparation simply involves skinning away all the extra fat layers that are not required for the bbq. It also involves cleaning rinsing and patting dry the ribs as well as portioning. This should not take a lot of time since you can buy ribs that are already skinned and bbq-ready. If not, you will have to do the portioning and preparation on your own. Remove excess (thicker parts) fat and make them evenly sized. Most people prefer square but you can make rectangular cuts if you wish. Remove excess bone and loose meat from the rack and make sure the remaining rib has even thickness.
Rubbing and flavoring
This is a very important step in rib bbq especially since it involves enriching the flavor of your outcome. If you are wondering where the dense wonderful aroma of grilled bbq comes from, then this is the step that does it all (well, in addition to the actual grilling). Before you start barbequing your ribs, make sure they are moist enough and devoid of any loose fat layer (which should be skinned during rib preparation). You should only start rubbing your ribs after trimming and rinsing. Using your recipe, gently rub the flavor on all sides of the rib including sides and endings. Do not overdo it since this may overpower the natural flavor of your ribs, something you should be keen to retain. Nevertheless, you can rub in as much as the natural moisture (of the meat) can hold. Sometimes rubbing will take up to an hour depending on the size of your bbq. However, do not take too long as this may interfere with the end flavor, giving your ribs a ham-like taste.
Actual bbq instruction
The actual grilling should be easy since the tough part of cutting, trimming and rubbing is done. Here, you can simply follow a cook recipe that you love if you have no idea on how to bbq ribs. A typical recipe includes a few herbs and spices for flavoring (used in the above step), pepper, salt and some sauce. You can pick from the wide list of available flavors. If you have no leads, start with a tablespoon of ground cumin, chili powder and paprika and a cup of barbecue sauce. 1 pound of baby pork ribs should take roughly 25 minutes to barbecue following preparation.
Using gas grill
If you are using a gas grill, preheat the grill to allow the rack to absorb high heat prior to grilling. Meanwhile, apply some oil on the grate. Combine your flavors (in this case cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper) in one jar and shake gently then sprinkle some on each rib rack. Take an aluminum foil and place on the lower rack to collect your drippings and excess fluid. This is helpful in preventing flare ups that may spoil your natural flavor. Place your ribs on the upper rack and reduce the heat to low. Close your grill lid and leave it undisturbed for an hour. Open the grill and brush your ribs with barbecue sauce on both sides. You can then grill for an additional five to 10 minutes before removing and serving.
Using pellet or charcoal grill
Pellet grills have become the new trend when most people thought they would be outdated. Pellets have reemerged in the grilling world and can help you get the savory smoky flavor of vintage grills. Pellets resemble conventional stainless steel grills only that they feature an extra hopper on the back. You fuel the grill using small quarter inch cylindrical wood pellet and the hoper prevents over-smoking and soot. Once you have set up the grill, your wood pellets will be on one side while the ribs on the other. Charcoal grills are pretty much the same as pellet grills. You will need to push the coal to one side unless your grill already has the separation for coal/pellet loading.
Using camping grill
Camping grills are not any different from other types; they are simply mobile/portable (can be easily moved to your camping location). Most camping grills use pellets or charcoal since you will not readily access gas or electricity when camping. The procedures to be followed are still the same as using gas and electric grills.
Learning how to bbq ribs should not be a problem once you get past preparing the ribs. There are various tips to note downs for a quick easier bbq process. Using rack liners, for instance, may save you the post grilling cleanup task. Always remember to preheat your grill before you start to barbecue. This will establish a high heat temperature within which the ribs can cook. It also reduces the time spent in grilling. Attaining a smoky flavor with gas grills can be daunting, but there are various ways around it including attempting to throw in some smoke bombs. When grilling, remember to use indirect heat to prevent burning and drying. If your ribs are browned and too dry, you can pour a little apple juice and wrap them tightly in aluminum foil to steam for a few minutes. This should get them back to a tender state. That is how you grill a delicious pork bbq.