Check out these Best BBQ Ribs Ever! Seriously. They are the best barbecue ribs on the grill you’ve ever tasted.
Where I come from, BBQ is like grits and sweet tea–it’s a Southern summertime staple. During the warmer months, someone is always cooking a pig or sharing their secret BBQ sauce– along with their opinion on who makes the best–sweet, spicy, or somewhere in between them.
Best BBQ Ribs Ever! [and it’s not about the sauce]
However, the secret to great baby backs isn’t found in the sauce–though I do have my preferences for the sweet types, myself.
The key to great ribs is how you handle them ahead of time. It’s the prep work that makes the difference. And just the right tweaks will give you perfect ribs every time.
#1 Prep Your Ribs
I prefer cooking my baby backs as a whole slab while others like to cut the slab in half or even into smaller pieces. Regardless, you first need to prep the ribs by removing the membrane to ensure a great taste.
The membrane is like grabbing a juicy hamburger from your favorite burger joint and eating it while still wrapped in the paper wrapping. I guess if you’re hungry enough–but I prefer my burger without the paper.
Just flip the ribs over (meat side down), work your fingers under, and pull the membrane away from the bone.
#2 Then Give Your Ribs a Rub!
But it’s up to you what rub you choose.
Just don’t skip this step! Take the time to work the rub all over the ribs before cooking. Just like removing the membrane, it greatly improves the end result.
Other Recipes You May Enjoy
- 2 slabs of baby back ribs
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Bottle of BBQ Sauce (your choice of spicy or sweet)
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Remove the membrane (as mentioned above in the post).
- Salt and pepper each side.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl for rub.
- Generously rub mixture all over both sides.
- Using foil, cover the bottom of a baking sheet and crimp the edges. Sort of like a pocket to trap the heat and juices while baking.
- Bake the ribs for 2 1/2 hours or until the meat is shrinking from the bone.
- Remove from the oven and allow the ribs to rest while you prep your grill.
- While grilling, brush on the BBQ Sauce of your choice, grilling each side until desired crispness--that's up to you since the ribs are already done.