Barbecuing ribs over charcoal or gas is the only way to go for many. With these grilled rib recipes you'll be able to whip up a batch of babybacks or spareribs with the best of them.
Any type of rib is great when cooked on the grill, as long as the grilling method used is sound. Knowing how to use the direct grilling and indirect grilling methods to your advantage is the key to quality grilled ribs.
Pork ribs, including spareribs, baby back ribs, and country style all taste wonderful with that slightly crispy exterior covering the juicy, tender meat. Add a little sweet and tangy sauce to the equation and you have a winner!
For beef lovers, beef back ribs and short ribs are the way to go. Beef ribs can take a little longer to grill than pork ribs, but the wait is worth it.
Grilling perfect ribs is all about controlling and using the heat from the grill effectively. The first stage of grilling should be over medium to medium-high direct heat. During this phase the exterior is seared, creating the crispy exterior that adds flavor and seals in juices. Next, the ribs are moved to a cooler part of the grill, using indirect heat to gently bake the ribs until they are finished.
Seasonings and flavorings put on the ribs before and as they are grilled should have very little if any sugars in them. Barbecue sauces, and tomato sauce can easily burn on the grill, even when using indirect heat. Sauces should only be applied to the ribs during the last 10 to 15 minutes of grilling, and only with low, indirect heat present.
To speed up the cooking process, try wrapping the ribs in a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil after they've been grilled over direct heat. Continue to cook them with indirect heat for another hour or so(depending on the rib type), and then remove the foil and carefully cook for a short time over direct heat again to bring back the crispy exterior.
For more information on how to use your grill effectively, visit What Is Grilling?, where direct grilling, indirect grilling, lighting charcoal and more are explained in detail.
Cajun Style Ribs
Seasoned with a mix of spices and herbs, some hot and some not, this recipe makes a nice slab for those that like 'em spicy.
Enjoy your grilled rib recipes with some tasty Grilled Vegetable Recipes or smoky baked beans.
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