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How to Cook BBQ Spare Ribs On A Gas Grill

How to Cook BBQ Spare Ribs On A Gas Grill

by Cheryl Campbell

How to Cook BBQ Spare Ribs On A Gas GrillWhen you search the web for How to Cook BBQ Spare Ribs On A Gas Grill you can find too much advice! Read on for a simple explanation and a few great recipes….

Ribs usually refers to the less meaty part of the chops often cooked as a slab. It can be roasted, fried, baked, smoked or grilled. In American cuisine, ribs refer to barbecue pork ribs or sometimes beef ribs served in barbecue sauces.  Grilling or barbecuing the ribs for as much as 10-12 hours will create a tender finished product.

If all you have is a gas grill, it can be a challenge to get that genuine barbecue flavor. Typically gas grills are best for fast and hot cooking. You may not be able to get the deep smokey flavor, but the method below comes close.  Follow the directions below for how to make perfectly smoked BBQ Spare Ribs On A Gas Grill and you can  get pretty tasty ribs from the gas grill. Plus, it takes a lot less time!

How to Cook BBQ Spare Ribs On A Gas Grill

The Grill

When grilling ribs on a gas grill you want to make sure that the grill has two burners and is large enough for indirect cooking. If you don’t know what indirect cooking is – it simply means that the ribs are place on one side of the grill and the burner directly below it is turned off.  The heat comes from the second burner beneath the rack that does not contain the ribs. 

The Prep

A lot of stores still do not carry ribs that are already trimmed, so you will have to do a little prep work. Look for a rack of ribs that is square shape with an even thickness throughout. Make sure that there are no loose pieces of meat or fat on the ribs. Trim off any excess fats or excessive scraps from the rack of ribs. Do not cut all the fat off but only the thick portions of it because these are the useless portions.

Since grilling ribs on a gas grill is faster than grilling on a smoker, the benefit of the fat isn’t that great. But we still need the fat to keep the meat moist. Once trimming is finished, rinse the rack of ribs with cold water and pat it dry with a paper towel.

If you want to skip this step and can find St. Louis Style Ribs give them a try.  can skip this step.

Apply Seasoning

After rinsing, apply the rub. The dry rub will add flavor to the meat. Apply the rub all over the rib rack from front to back as well as the sides and ends. Put as much rub on that will stick. The natural moisture of the ribs should be enough to allow the dry rub to stick.  I find that the texture of the meat will change if the rub stays on for more than an hour.

Cooking the ribs on a gas grill will not give you a strong smoke flavor. The trick to enhance the smoke flavor on the meat is to put a couple of smoke bombs to generate the smoke. This is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to achieve smoke flavor.

Make a “smoke bomb” for your gas grill

To make a smoke bomb, start putting ½ cup of damp but not wet wood chips on a piece of foil. Wrap the wood chips so that only one side will have a single layer of foil. Poke several holes through the foil to let the smoke out. Place the smoke bombs under the cooking grates as close as possible to the burner which you are using. Preheat the grill hot enough to create combustion on the wood. Once you see the smoke coming out of the foil, turn down the heat.

Use Indirect Heat to Cook

You will need indirect heat to be able to cook the ribs without drying or overcooking them. Place the rack bone side down on the grill until it holds the temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the ribs for 1 1/2 hours and don’t open the lid. You don’t want to let out any of that tasty smoke!

If you are not using the smoke bomb method you can wrap the rib tightly with aluminium foil. Place the ribs on the grill with indirect heat. After 90 minutes or so, remove the packs and let cool enough to handle.

My Favorite BBQ Sauce

When smoking the rib it is up to you to decide whether you are going to put sauce or not.  My preference is to use a good sauce like  Stubb’s BBQ Sauce (Pack of 6). I always used to make my own BBQ sauce until this brand came along. Sauce adds a nice texture and flavor to the rib. If you want to make them “sticky” ribs, just add a bit extra.

Kick up the heat on the grill to medium high  and cook 4-5 minutes per side, basting with with the BBQ sauce each time.  After they are glazed the way you like them, transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

 

How to Cook BBQ Spare Ribs On A Gas Grill: Grilled Baby Back Rib Recipe

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BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 648 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 slabs baby back ribs, about 5 1/2 pounds total
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce I prefer Stubs

Instructions

  1. Wash ribs and blot dry with paper towels. Remove the white membrane on the back of ribs.

  2. Preheat the grill with all burners on High. If you choose to make a smoke bomb see below.

  3. Optional smoke bomb: Put ½ cup of damp but not wet wood chips on a piece of foil. Wrap the wood chips so that only one side will have a single layer of foil. Poke several holes through the foil to let the smoke out. Place the smoke bombs under the cooking grates as close as possible to the burner which you are using. Preheat the grill hot enough to create combustion on the wood. Once you see the smoke coming out of the foil, turn down the heat.

  4. In a small bowl, combine paprika, pepper, salt,chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne.

  5. Rub the spice mix into the ribs, massaging into crevices. If you are not using smoke bombs, you can wrap each rack in a double layer of tin foil crimping the edges to seal tight.  

  6. Add ribs to prepared grill adjusting the burners on each side of the food to reach a temperature of 300 degrees fahrenheit.  Make sure to turn off the burner(s) directly below the food.

  7. Let them bake in the grill for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is fork tender at the thickest part.  The meat should NOT be falling off the bone.  I like to check them at the 1 hour mark to make sure they do not overcook.

  8. Kick up the heat on the grill to medium high and cook 4-5 minutes per side, basting with with the BBQ sauce each time.  Do this a couple of time until they are glazed the way you like them. 

  9. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Slice between ribs and serve with remaining BBQ sauce.

 

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