Roasting the perfect, tender, and tasty ribs to the perfect smoky texture is a challenge for barbecue lovers. Smoked ribs are an incredibly popular delicacy, but getting the right smoky texture and flavor isn't that easy. That is the reason why many people are willing to try grilling this delicious food at home. Another problem is that there are different types of ribs derived from pigs, cows and lambs and each one is cooked in different ways. If you want to try your hands on grilled ribs, this item is your best option. Here at Grills Forever, we have mentioned a general method on how to cook ribs on a gas grill, as well as on a charcoal grill, to get those smoked ribs you've always wanted.
Low and Slow: Grilling Ribs on a Gas Grill
The truth is, it actually takes a long time to grill with natural gas, but the results are worth it. If you want to grill your ribs but don't have an electric grill or charcoal grill then this method might be the right choice for you.
1. Fill the smoker box on the gas grill with wood chips, preferably walnut or cherry.
2. Fill 3/4 of a pan with water and keep it next to the smoker box. Turn on the heat under the smoker box and set it to high temperatures.
3. Preheat the grill for about 20 minutes. Prepare the edge and rub it on all sides of the rib. After about an hour, continue the roasting process.
4. Then place the ribs opposite the smoker's box. The rib pieces have bones, so make sure the bones are face down while the fleshy part is held up.
5. Let the ribs cook for 1 to 1.5 hours. Be sure to fill the smoker box with wood chips and fill the pan with water from time to time, but not too often. Doing it too often will lower the temperature a little and slow down the cooking process.
6. Shuffle the rib positions. So the ribs closest to the heat are now moving away and the ribs that are a bit far away are getting closer. This is done to prevent overcooking. Close the lid and cook for at least 1.5 hours.
7. Turn the ribs inside out. So this time the side of the bone would be face up. Cook the ribs in this manner for about 45 minutes. Continue to check whether you need to fill wood chips or water.
8. Change rib positions and cook for another 30 minutes after closing the lid. Use this time to prepare a barbecue sauce.
9. Cover all sides of ribs with barbecue sauce and set all burners on high. Remove the water tray. Allow the barbecue sauce to sit on the ribs for 10 minutes after removing them from the grill.
Fast and Steaming: Charcoal-Roasted Ribs
Gas-roasting ribs is a slower, more controlled process that can be easier for people just getting on the grill. However, those who want to get the best grilled ribs in a shorter period of time with great smoked texture, this method is perfect for them.
1. Remove the rib membrane from the ribs as keeping this activated makes it harder for the ribs to soften. Remove any loose meat.
2. Sprinkle the ribs and rub them over all the ribs and be sure to cover them. Let the flavor sink for a while.
3. To start the roasting process, you will need two aluminum pans. Use enough charcoal to cover half of the charcoal grill, which is about three layers of charcoal.
4. Place a foil on the charcoal grill and pour a little charcoal on the other side. Then add long pieces of wood. This is because the bigger the word, the longer it takes to burn, therefore the more smoke.
5. Place a second aluminum foil directly on the charcoal grid and fill it with water. Keep the grill temperature at about 250 F. As the water is steamed, it will keep the ribs on low.
6. Place the ribs next to the aluminum skillet filled with water and cook for about 3 to 4 hours. Make sure the final temperature reaches 180 ° F. Also rotate and swap the positions and sides of the ribs for even cooking. If necessary, top up with water and charcoal from time to time.
7. After about an hour, wrap the ribs in aluminum foil in double layers. Place the wrapped ribs on the grill and cook for another hour.
8. Remove the foil and cook for another 30 minutes. Now that you're almost done, coat the ribs with barbecue sauce in thin layers. Repeat this about 5 times. Then remove the ribs.
Some general tips for smoking ribs
- How long to roast the ribs: Ideally for this method, you can choose to use lamb or pork ribs, but if you use pork ribs ribs then reduce 5 minutes time cooking at each step of the process. Using rectangular ribs is a better option, since cooking evenly would be much easier. The entire process should take no more than two hours.
- Trim cuts: If ribs are uneven, be sure to trim excess meat or fat and remove connective tissue before cooking ribs. In fact, cropping is a fairly popular option. The lower ends of the spare ribs are cut to create rib tips, and the curved part of the ribs is divided in half and cut to create rivets. Both rib tips and rivets can be grilled separately.
- How to prepare for rib rubbing: The rubbing should cover all sides of the rib very much and should be applied evenly. Mix, 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of white pepper, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of paprika, 2 tablespoons of kosher salt, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of granulated onion, 1 tablespoon granulated garlic and 1 tablespoon chili powder in a large bowl and store in an airtight container for later use.
- Using Aluminum Foil: If you want your ribs to be steaming, you can add an additional two hours of cooking at the end by wrapping them in aluminum foil with apple juice covered inside. Close the lid and increase the temperature so that the juice can steam the meat and soften it for 30-45 minutes.
- How to prepare the barbecue sauce: To roast the ribs, cover a large amount of barbecue sauce. To make a barbecue sauce for ribs, heat a skillet on medium and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot enough, add ¼ cup chopped onion and water, which should turn into a puree. After simmering for 3 minutes, add 2 cups tomato sauce, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 3 cloves garlic, crushed, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon vinegar apple, 1 teaspoon dry mustard and freshly ground pepper. Mix all ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.
These are two general ways to cook ribs deliciously on the grill, but there are also other recipes you can try. There are different types of ribs and barbecue sauces that can be made to enhance flavors. Also for beef ribs and lamb ribs, the rubs, sauces, and brine composition may be different, but the techniques are basically the same. Therefore, either of these two methods can be used to cook the perfectly smoked grilled ribs of your choice.