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How to Cook Pork Ribs

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You don’t have to be a master chef or a barbecue expert to know how to cook pork ribs, so we’ve put together our easiest and best tips to follow next time you decide to put pork ribs on the menu!

No to boiling

In an effort to produce tender, fall off the bone barbecue, a lot of people boil their pork ribs before putting them on the grill. You might end up with very tender barbecued pork ribs, but you will also be losing out on a lot of things in the process. This isn’t how to cook pork ribs because when you boil pork ribs, you will be stealing a lot of the flavour (which ends up with the stock) and you will end up with bland tasting barbecue.

Go low and slow

The secret to making fantastic barbecued pork ribs is to roast the meat slowly. Pork ribs are great when you barbecue them via the low heat method of cooking. When you barbecue the meat, go low heat and take your time. When this happens the collagen in the pork ribs transforms into very tasty gelatin. Make sure you don’t dry out the meat too much or cook it in high flame and toughen the meat. Remember one of the secrets on how to cook pork ribs is to go low and slow.

Season and Season

Another thing that you can do to enhance the flavour of your barbecued pork ribs is to season the pork ribs the night before you are going to barbecue it. This will give it enough time to absorb whatever spice you are going to use.

Smoke Your Pork Ribs

As mentioned earlier, you don’t want to barbecue your pork ribs over high flame – that will only toughen and even burn the meat in some parts. The secret with barbecuing the ribs over slow heat and to add more flavour into your barbecued pork ribs is to cook them over indirect smoky heat. What you should do use anything that can hold the heat and smoke. This can be done on your BBQ grill, although you need to have a big grill to ensure that you can safely keep the ribs away from direct flame.

Wait until the last minute

Don’t sauce your pork ribs while you are cooking them. Wait until you’re minutes from being done and then lather the ribs with sauce. After saucing the ribs, increase the flame to medium setting and barbecue the ribs for another couple of minutes.

Here’s a sample recipe you can try out at home!

Apple Butter Pork Ribs

What you need:

  • 1-2 slabs of pork spare ribs

For the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups apple butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke

What you need to do:

  1. Prepare your ribs
  2. Rub ribs with oil or mustard and seasoning
  3. Make sauce by combining all ingredients, bring to a slow boil, and simmer for an hour.
  4. Start your charcoal and set grill for low heat (around 115 degrees C).
  5. Smoke ribs in the normal way.
  6. Baste with the apple butter BBQ sauce during the final minutes of cooking.

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