10 tips to cook the perfect BBQ pork ribs

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If you want to host the perfect barbecue feast, then you need to include some well cooked pork ribs.  This is something that every meat lover should know how to cook!  If you haven’t yet mastered BBQ pork ribs, then here are 10 helpful tips to help you out.

  1. Buy ribs that have a consistent layer of meat all over. Don’t buy a slab of pork that is fatty on some parts and fleshy on others. Look for even thickness so that they cook evenly.
  2. Avoid purchasing pork ribs that are already seasoned.  The flavour will always be better result if you buy the ribs plain and add your own marinade.
  3. Cover the ribs in a fresh homemade marinade and leave them to absorb the flavour for at least 4-5 hours before grilling. This will help to break down muscle fibers, making the meat extra tender and flavoursome.
  4. Don’t boil your ribs before grilling. This is a trick that some people use when they are in a hurry; however it will only destroy the flavour.  Instead, leave enough time to cook your pork ribs entirely on the BBQ.
  5. BBQ pork ribs should always be cooked low and slow with lots of smoke.  Try not to cook them over direct heat as this will dry out and burn the meat.  Instead place them where they receive indirect smoke and heat from the flame.
  6. Heat the barbecue to around 95 degrees Celsius and allow roughly 4 hours for cooking. The longer the pork ribs are on the barbecue, the more delicious they will taste!
  7. When you place the ribs on the grill, place them bone side down.  Allow them to cook through from the bottom without flipping.
  8. Apple cider is a great meat tenderizer. Baste your ribs with apple cider while grilling to keep them moist and flavoursome. Continue basting them regularly.
  9. Once you are able to flake the top layer of meat off with a fork, the pork ribs are done. When testing them, be extremely carefully – piercing them with a knife or fork allows all the juices and flavour to escape.
  10. Wrap the BBQ pork ribs in foil and allow them to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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