How To Grill Baby Back Ribs
If you're a fan of grilling, you must know how to grill baby back ribs. Grilled baby back ribs are the most tender of all ribs and, if prepared properly, will be the focus of a wonderful picnic spread. Complementing baby back ribs with coleslaw and homemade cornbread will ensure your guests remember a delicious meal.
To grill baby back ribs, you will need:
- Half a rack of baby back ribs per person (If you're feeding a hungry crowd, bank on one full rack of ribs per person.)
- One bottle of spicy barbecue sauce (You can use any good quality bottled sauce, but adding a few additional ingredients will add a wow factor to a standard bottled sauce. Consider adding dashes of Tabasco, finely diced onion and garlic, or a few tablespoons of brown sugar.)
- A charcoal grill (You can grill baby back ribs over a gas grill but nothing cooks them better than a hot charcoal grill.)
- Charcoal and lighter
- Charcoal chimney starter
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Place baby back ribs in a large pot and cover with water. To get the most delectable, most tender baby back ribs, parboil them in the oven. Parboiling is simply allowing the ribs to simmer in water. This process breaks down any tough spots and will give you ribs that fall off the bone.
- Allow ribs to cook in the oven for two to three hours. The oven is set at a relatively low temperature, so the timing is not critical.
- Stack charcoal in charcoal chimney starter and stuff just half a piece of newspaper in the bottom. A charcoal chimney starter does not require any lighter fluid, so just light the paper and set the whole thing in the grill. In twenty minutes you'll have glowing coals. Dump them out in the bottom of the grill in an even layer.
- Remove ribs from water and place on grill. Do not add barbecue sauce yet. Grill the ribs for five minutes on each side. There should be grill marks on all ribs.
- Add barbecue sauce to ribs and continue to cook just one minute on each side. Barbecue sauce, having a high sugar content, will burn if applied too early, so make sure this is the last step. Remove your ribs after the sauce has soaked into the ribs, remove the ribs from the grill, serve and enjoy.