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Barbecue Ribs on a Charcoal Grill

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Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

Regarding BBQ Inc.
Pork ribs are among the most popular items to cook and the one that gives most people the most trouble. If you have a smoker and know how to use it you shouldn't have any difficulty (see my article on BBQ Ribs. If, however, you are using a grill then you need to learn how to keep it low and slow to get tender, perfect bbq ribs. For this demonstration we will be looking at making barbecue ribs on a charcoal grill. If you are using a gas grill, see my article on making Barbecue Ribs on a Gas Grill. Now, lets through some simple steps and you will be "grilling" the best ribs you've ever eaten.

The biggest problem with grilling ribs on a grill is getting good smoke flavor (see my article on Making Smoke). What we are going to do is turn your charcoal grill into a small smoker. You will need the ability to control your grill's temperature in order to hold it around 225 degrees F. Only half the cooking surface of the grill is used cooking the ribs indirectly, low and slow without burning or drying them out.

For this project I am using baby back ribs. You can use a rack of spareribs, but the cooking time will be a little longer.

The supplies you will need are:

  • racks of ribs (I'm working with baby back ribs but you can use spareribs)
  • A good Rib Rub
  • Fuel for your grill (charcoal)
  • 2 Disposable aluminum pans about half the size of your charcoal grill
  • Wood chips
  • A reliable meat thermometer
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil (if you intend to wrap your ribs)
  • Barbecue Sauce if you intend to sauce your ribs
  • A large knife

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