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5 Easy Steps to Perfect BBQ Ribs

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BBQ Ribs: Tender and Juicy Grill Perfection

Welcome to Table and Court, your go-to destination for outdoor entertaining! Today, we’re diving into one of the ultimate crowd-pleasers: BBQ ribs. Picture this: tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs with a smoky, caramelized finish. Whether you’re hosting a backyard bash or just craving some comfort food, this BBQ ribs recipe is your ticket to grill master glory. Let’s get cooking!

BBQ Ribs Ingredients

Before we get to the grilling magic, let’s gather our ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 2 racks of pork baby back ribs (about 4-5 pounds total)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • 1 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce

Step-by-Step Instructions for BBQ Ribs

1. Prepare the Ribs

First things first, let’s prep those ribs:
  • Remove the Membrane: Start by removing the thin membrane on the bone side of the ribs. Use a knife to lift a corner, then grab it with a paper towel and peel it off. This step ensures tender ribs. For more information on handling and preparing meat safely, check out these food safety tips for handling and cooking meat.
  • Mix the Rub: In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  • Apply the Rub: Generously coat both sides of the ribs with the spice rub, pressing it into the meat. This is where the flavor magic begins!

2. Oven-Bake the Ribs

Next, we take it to the oven for a slow and steady cook:
  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Prepare the Ribs for Baking: Place the ribs on a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Pour the apple juice or apple cider and apple cider vinegar around the ribs. Wrap the ribs tightly in the foil to create a sealed packet.
  • Bake: Place the foil packet on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the ribs are tender. This step ensures they are juicy and flavorful.

3. Finish on the Grill

Now for the grand finale – the grill!
  • Preheat the Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill the Ribs: Remove the ribs from the oven and carefully open the foil packet. Place the ribs on the grill, bone side down.
  • Sauce and Grill: Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce and grill for about 5-10 minutes on each side, brushing with more sauce as you turn them. This will caramelize the sauce and give the ribs a nice smoky flavor.

4. Serve

Time to enjoy your masterpiece!
  • Rest: Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before slicing. This helps retain all those delicious juices.
  • Serve: Cut the ribs between the bones and serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side. Your guests will be raving about these ribs for days!

Tips and Tricks for Perfect BBQ Ribs

Here are some pro tips to make your BBQ ribs even better:
  • Choose the Right Ribs: Baby back ribs are our go-to for their tender, meaty goodness. You can also use spare ribs if you prefer.
  • Low and Slow: The key to tender ribs is cooking them low and slow in the oven before finishing on the grill.
  • Experiment with Rubs and Sauces: Feel free to tweak the rub and sauce to your taste. Honey, mustard, and hot sauce can add exciting flavors.
  • Let Them Rest: Resting the ribs after grilling allows the juices to redistribute, making every bite succulent and delicious.

Thanks for joining us on this BBQ adventure. We hope you enjoy these tender, juicy ribs as much as we do. Don’t forget to share your rib-tastic creations with us on social media using #TableAndCourt. And if you’re curious about the best type of grill for your BBQ, check out our detailed comparison on gas vs. charcoal grills. Happy grilling!


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