BBQ ribs are a popular dish in the USA, particularly in the Southern states, where barbecuing and grilling are common cooking techniques. The dish typically consists of pork ribs that are seasoned with a dry rub, marinated, and then slow-cooked on a grill or in a smoker until they are tender and flavorful.
There are several types of ribs used for BBQ, but the most commonly used are baby back ribs and spare ribs. Baby back ribs are smaller and leaner, while spare ribs are larger and meatier. Both types of ribs are usually cooked low and slow, with the meat cooked until it is falling off the bone.
To prepare the ribs, a dry rub is usually applied to the meat, which can include a variety of spices and seasonings such as paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and brown sugar. The ribs can be marinated overnight to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.
The ribs are then cooked using indirect heat, which means that they are not placed directly over the flames, but rather on a rack above the heat source. This allows the ribs to cook slowly and evenly, without becoming dry or burnt.
Once the ribs are fully cooked, they are often served with a barbecue sauce, which can be sweet, tangy, or spicy, depending on the recipe. Some people prefer to serve the ribs dry, without sauce, while others like to brush the sauce on during the last few minutes of cooking. BBQ ribs are often served with traditional sides such as coleslaw, cornbread, and baked beans.
BBQ Ribs Recipe:
2 racks of baby back ribs
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Preheat your grill to 250-275°F (120-135°C).
In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper to create the dry rub.
R. Rub the dry rub all over the ribs, making sure to cover both sides.
Place the ribs on the grill, bone-side down, and close the lid. Cook for about 2-3 hours, or until the meat is tender and pulls away from the bone.
In a small saucepan, mix together the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, honey, and Worcestershire sauce. Heat over medium heat until the sauce is warm and well combined.
Brush the sauce on the ribs during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking, turning the ribs occasionally to ensure that they are evenly coated.
Once the ribs are fully cooked and the sauce has caramelized, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before cutting them into individual portions.
Serve the ribs with any remaining sauce on the side, along with your favorite sides like coleslaw or potato salad.
Enjoy your delicious homemade BBQ ribs!