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How-To Grill Fall Off The Bone Ribs

By Edited Nov 26, 2013 2 1

Grilled Ribs

When you think about grilling, one of the first things that come to people's minds is melt in your mouth ribs. You know what I'm talking about, when you grab a bone from the rack and all the meat just falls off with next to no effort! If you have never cooked ribs before, you typically use a two step cooking process to make them properly. You have your first cook, where you cook the ribs at a very low temperature for a very long time to really tenderize the meat. You then have a second cooking at a higher temperature to heat them up, allow the BBQ sauce to caramelize and give your ribs some sexy grill lines.

There are many ways to do your first cooking including crock pots, boiling, cooking in the oven among other techniques, but since this article is all about grilling, we are going to teach you how to do both your first and second cooking with your trusty BBQ Grill!

Doing your first cooking with your grill is definitely more challenging then using other methods since it requires more attention. Other methods like baking or using a crock pot allow the meat to sit in its own juices. With the grill, you have to baste your ribs every 30 minutes.


With all of this noted, lets get down grilling some fall off the bone ribs!

Prepare your ribs by generously applying your favorite rub. If you don't already have a nice rib rub at home, there are many rubs available from your local super market. Next, grab your favorite seasonings and dust your ribs with them. Make sure you rub the seasoning and rub into the meat very well. Warning: Do NOT apply any BBQ sauce or any liquid sauces that will burn when cooked. If you are using the grill, these sauces will burn far before the meat has finished cooking.

If you want the ribs to be even tastier, wrap them up with cellophane and put them in your fridge for 48 hours to absorb the rub and seasoning.

After you've let your ribs absorb the flavors of the rub, it is time to start our first cooking. Make sure you set aside a solid eight hours where you are available to tend to your ribs as this is quite a laborious process. Set your grill to the lowest temperature possible, and once the grill is preheated, place the ribs on the grill and close the lid.

In order to keep our ribs nice and moist, we are going to have to create a bit of a baste to apply every thirty minutes. The baste helps prevent the ribs from drying out and makes sure the end result is the best ribs you've ever tasted. If you don't have your own recipe to make a baste, take four cups of beer or apple cider vinegar and add three tablespoons of the rub you applied to the ribs earlier.

Every 30 minutes rotate the ribs and baste them nicely with the mixture mentioned above. This is so incredibly crucial, if you miss this step you are probably going to make disappointing ribs.

Once the ribs have finished cooking for eight hours, remove them from the grill. You can throw them in the refrigerator if you would like to eat these in the next couple days with company, or you can adjust the temperature on your grill to medium and allow it to preheat before throwing the ribs back on.

Cook the ribs for five minutes on each side, allowing the meat to brown and develop some sexy grill lines.

At this point, we are going to apply a very generous coating of your favorite BBQ sauce. I personally enjoy sweeter sauces, but use whatever sauce you prefer. Allow each side to cook an additional five minutes giving the BBQ sauce the opportunity to caramelize on the meat.

Pull the ribs off the grill and let them stand for five minutes giving them the opportunity to cool down a bit.

Congratulations, you've just grilled some phenomenal ribs, serve them up and enjoy the fruits of your labor.


Jul 26, 2011 10:12am
Sounds like some mighty fine grilled ribs.
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