How to Grill Ribs

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How to Grill Ribs

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Things To Grab

  • Dull knife
  • Paper towels, if desired
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wood chips
  • Silicone pastry brush
  • Meat thermometer
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board

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    1. Remove the tough silverskin membrane on the bone side of the rib rack. With a dull knife, lift up one end of the membrane and pull off by hand. If needed, a paper towel will give you a better grip.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      If you're grilling ribs for the first time, a good cut to choose is baby back pork ribs. If you slightly overcook or undercook them, they'll still be tender.
      Patrick Cooper, Meat ManagerPatrick CooperMeat Manager, Shawnee, Kansas
    2. Sprinkle a barbecue spice rub all over ribs, gently patting it into the pork. Avoid massaging it into the meat which will make the flavor too strong. As it cooks, the coating turns into a flavorful crust known as bark.

    3. Smoke ribs at around 250 degrees. In a smoker, position ribs according to the manufacturer’s directions. On a grill, place the ribs away from the heat source and place a packet of aluminum-wrapped wood chips on the grate next to the ribs.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      To make a smoking pouch, place soaked wood chips on a double layer of heavy foil and wrap tightly, enclosing ends. Poke holes all over packet to allow air in and smoke out.
      Hy-Vee Seasons Magazine
    4. If desired, glaze ribs by brushing three coats of sauce onto the surface during the last 30 minutes of smoking. Do not apply sauce at the start of cooking or it will burn.

    5. Baby back ribs take three to four hours to cook. Spare ribs take a few hours longer. When done, exposed rib ends rotate easily when twisted. Double-check by taking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. At 185 to 190 degrees, the ribs are ready to remove from the smoker or grill.

    6. After ribs are fully cooked, place on a cutting board and cover loosely with foil for about 20 minutes. Cut and serve.

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