I have been wanting to do a rack of ribs for a long time. Having never prepared my own, the idea of really tasty ribs for our barbecue this weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Don’t let the prospect of doing your own ribs (without a smoker even!) scare you, this was really easy, and very tasty.
To begin, you first need to acquire a good set of ribs. Most larger cities will have a butcher, and this is your best bet as they are likely to have organic and free-range selection, which is optimal.
You’ll want to wash and clean the meat thoroughly.
Next, prepare your dry rub! Here is the recipe I used as it looked like a great basic rub with a little heat, and a little sweet. Add or omit cayenne pepper if you want to spice it up, or if you want yours a little more tame. *note: I doubled this recipe for my rub*
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon granulated onion
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply it to your ribs. If you are applying it later, refrigerate until you’re ready to use it. I recommend applying the rub to your ribs 24-48 hours prior to cooking. This allows the flavor in the rub to be fully absorbed.
Time to grill!
- Wrap your rubbed ribs into foil and place on the grill (not directly over flame, indirect heat only!) for 1 hour, turning every 20 minutes.
- After an hour, remove ribs from heat and let cool slightly so they are manageable without burning yourself. Remove the foil.
- Place back on the grill under indirect heat for 20-30 minutes flipping and basting them with your favorite BBQ sauce every 10 minutes. Be Careful not to rub the dry rub off! Use a basting mop or a soft brush to apply the BBQ sauce.
- Remove from grill and enjoy!
These were a hit with our guests. Jessica had never had ribs before (!!), and enjoyed these saying we’d definitely have to make them again. I can’t wait, is next week too soon? Did you use the holiday weekend as an excuse to try any new recipes?