Let's face it - no matter how good you are at grilling, you can't claim the throne of king or queen of the barbeque until you've mastered how to make succulent, tender ribs that just fall right off the bone. Creating the perfect ribs is considered the holy grail of outdoor cooking, and there is no time like summer time to try your hand at this hugely popular and tasty treat.
The first thing that you will want to decide is what kind of ribs you want to prepare. Here you have four choices: basic beef ribs, beef short ribs, pork spare ribs or pork baby back ribs.
The latter are very popular and might be the easiest for the newbie to cook, especially on the grill. Spare ribs are usually larger and preparing them well can take the budding chef a bit longer. Beef short ribs are larger still, and generally cook up a bit more tender as well, while the basic beef ribs are the largest of the bunch and usually require quite a bit of cooking to get them to their prime level of tenderness.
When it comes to grilling ribs, there are a couple of problems that you might run into; namely, either over- or undercooking them. One way to avoid these problems is to boil, slow-cook or steam them before putting them on the BBQ. Apply any rubs or marinades or other seasonings beforehand, so the flavors will be ingrained. The ribs can be pre-cooked for up to four hours, depending on the method and the cut.
Now that they are precooked, just stick the ribs on the BBQ for five or ten minutes per side while applying your favorite sauce. Another exciting way to prepare them is to use a rotisserie attachment on your grill. Placing the meat on rotisserie shelves allows you to slow cook and rotate the meat to succulent perfection.
Make sure you have the proper tools and BBQ accessories before you start preparing your ribs. You'll want to make sure that you have tongs for turning the ribs, a brush for applying the sauce, and a nice serving platter. You will also want to make sure that you have some good cleaning tools and, if you are using a charcoal grill, you can get your coals going quickly while avoiding the taste and smell of lighter fluid by picking up a BBQ chimney.
Gas grills heat faster, while the charcoal versions can give you more of that smoky flavor. Adding wood chips can help flavor the meat, and can be used with either charcoal or gas.
Using these methods and tools for grilling ribs, this could be the year that you are crowned king or queen of the grill. So get ready to break out those napkins and put smiles on the faces of your guests!
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