Thursday, April 9, 2009

Racks O' Ribs™

This was my first try at making ribs. All in all, they turned out fairly well and I couldn't complain too much. OK, so on to the important part.

What you need:
Pork ribs. Sam's club has three rack for about $20.
Seasonings/rubs of whatever type you desire.
BBQ sauce
Aluminum foil
Oven, grill, charcoal, and wood for smoke if you so choose.

First things first, trim them bad boys up. Start by removing the membrane on the underside of the ribs, then cut the excess meet from what I was told is the "diaphragm", the cartilage line, and the flap on the other side.

When you're finished you should end up with a pretty large pile of pork. I stuck it in a container to marinate. It's going in the crock pot to make pulled pork for sandwiches.

Next it's time for the rub. I used a very thin coat of spicy mustard on the ribs and then used three separate rubs on the racks. One was McCormick's steak rub, one was Uncle Yammie's, and one was something I threw together with spices at the house.

Then you're going to want to line the pans with aluminum. After that, fill them with about 1/4" water and place the ribs in the pans. Put the pans into an oven preheated to about 200-225 degrees and let the ribs cook.

I cooked mine for about 3 1/2 hours. You want to take them out when they hit about 150 on the meat thermometer. After that, you're almost done.

Fire up your grill. I got mine going at about 400 or so. If you want some smoke, put the wood on there. Lather up the ribs with BBQ sauce if you like wet ribs or leave them without if you like dry. I did half and half. Put them on the grill for about another 10-15 minutes until they're darkened up on the outside and then take them off and enjoy.