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How to BBQ Pork Ribs

Learning how to grill pork ribs? Have you ever served up finger-licking barbecue pork ribs? You know, the kind that falls of the bone and drips with flavor.

Who says ribs are hard to grill? You just have to know how to grill pork ribs, and you will have a taste sensation the neighbors will be talking about.

How to BBQ Pork Ribs: Prep Work

As with any grilling experience, the prep work for ribs is just as important as the grill work. First, buy fresh ribs that have not already been doctored up with rubs or seasonings.

Next, rinse the ribs and cut off any excess fat; leave some on though for extra flavor and juiciness. If you are planning to grill the ribs straight up without a rub, sear them in a pan of oil for about 10 minutes with the meat side down.

However, if you want to useĀ  a rub on the ribs, you should put the rub mixture on about 2 hours before you plan to grill and do not sear.

How to BBQ Pork Ribs: Grill Work

With the prep work done, it’s time to get those ribs on the grill. Preheat the grill to a medium temperature, about 250 degrees. It is best to cook the meat over indirect heat to keep it from burning or drying out. If possible, use chunks of wood rather than chips to allow a slow smolder rather than a quick burn.

You can choose the type of wood based on your flavor preference; apple or cherry offers a milder taste over hickory or mesquite. You will want to place the ribs with the bone side down, basting them every 20 minutes for up to 2 hours with an acidic basting juice like lemon to keep the meat moist and tender. Slow is the key. And when they are done, you will have plenty of time to savor the flavor.

How to BBQ Pork Ribs: Finish Work

When the ribs are almost done is the time to add the sauce. If the sauce is applied too early, the sugars in the sauce can cause the meat to burn. You may want to consider holding off on the sauce and adding it later when the ribs are off the grill; you may find that the grilling and basting have provided all the flavor needed for great barbeque ribs.

And you know they’re done when the meat is ready to fall off the bone. Once you have mastered the art of BBQ pork ribs, you will never want to eat them any other way.

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