When you think of summer, what comes immediately to mind? For my family, it is our time to hang out together, take a few road trips and plenty of summer BBQ’s in the backyard. When I see my husband grab his BBQ tool kit and start cooking, it catapults me back to when I was a kid. My dad had a rocking chair on our patior. He would sit in that chair and rock in between bastings and brushings and turning of the chicken, steak or grilled BBQ ribs.
The overhang that covered the upper deck of the patio was covered in green opaque plastic sheets. When the light came through the plastic, it made the most gorgeous hues of color on the patio. I would lay on the chaise lounge with my little sister, watching the color bounce off the metal of the chairs, inhaling the smoky smell of grilled BBQ ribs cooking.
My dad made The.Best.Ribs.Ever. His ribs were moist, juicy and he achieved this on the grill. He didn’t parboil or steam his ribs. I know many people worry their ribs will be tough, so they feel compelled to take those extra steps. Not in our house! That was almost sacrilegious! Dad had a few secrets up his sleeve for his grilled BBQ ribs and they were the best on the block!
Dad had a deal with the neighbors when it came to his grilled BBQ ribs. Our neighbors on either side of us would go to the butcher and buy the ribs and dad would cook them. Mom made potato salad, baked beans and fresh biscuits. The neighbor ladies would bring pies, brownies and ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies, especially for my sister and I!
So, what was the key to dad making such amazing grilled BBQ ribs? Using the right BBQ sauce and not opening and closing the lid of the grill a hundred times. Please do not tell my husband, but his grilled BBQ ribs are not exactly like my dads, but they are pretty darn good! If you have any leftover ribs, did you know you can reheat them? Yes! Here are some great tips on how to reheat ribs!
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The Perfect Grilled BBQ Ribs
- 3 lbs pork or beef baby back ribs
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- Salt & fresh ground pepper
- One cup of your favorite Weber BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- Preheat gas grill for high heat.
- In a small bowl, combine the spices and mix well.
- Trim off the membrane from the back of each rack, by running a small, sharp knife between the membrane and snip off the membrane as much as possible. This prevents the ribs from being chewy.
- Sprinkle the rub onto both sides of the ribs, but do rub the spices in, because this makes the ribs too dark and spicy.
- Place aluminum foil on lower rack to capture drippings and prevent flare-ups.
- Brush grate with oil, and lay ribs on top rack of grill.
- Reduce heat to low, shut the grill, and leave them alone for a full hour. No peeking!!!
- After one hour check for doneness. You may need to continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes, depending on your particular grill.
- Brush ribs with barbecue sauce and grill an additional few minutes until sauce is slightly absorbed and a little brown around the edges.
- Serve ribs as whole rack or cut between bones and pile individual ribs on the platter.