Prep 45 mins
Cook 2 hrs
I saw this on Sarah's Secrets on The Food Channel, and it looked great, so I had to try it. She, and then I, adapted it from Elizabeth Karmel's "Girls at the Grill". I have never used it on baby back ribs, but it's also great on 2 racks of full-size spareribs; you just need to double the amount of rub, which is fine, since the excess keeps well in a sealed container.
- 4 racks of baby-back pork ribs
- wood chips, hickory,apple alder,pecan,and oak are great,but be careful of mesquite-it can overpower everything,s
- 2 lemons, cut in half
- your favorite barbecue sauce (try "Toby's Variation on Top Secret Recipes' Version of K.C. Masterpiece #109079" if you don't have)
Classic BBQ Rub can be doubled tripled etc
- 2 tablespoons smoky paprika
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic granules
- 1 tablespoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano, lightly crushed
- Remove silver skin from back of ribs, if desired, rinse, and pat dry.
- Rub the cut lemons over front and back of ribs squeezing to release as much juice as possible, and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Rub ribs liberally with 1/4 cup spice rub and allow to set, covered, for 15-20 minutes.
- While ribs set, build a charcoal fire (preferred) or preheat your gas grill.
- Set up the grill for indirect heat, and if using wood chips, place some soaked chips directly on the charcoal or place in the smoking box of the gas grill.
- Place ribs, bone side down, on the cooler section of the cooking grate or in a rib holder/rack over medium-low heat, making sure they are not over a direct heat.
- Grill covered (at about 325 degrees F, if your grill has a thermometer) for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender and has pulled back from the ends of the rib bones.
- Do not open the grill for the first 30 minutes; this means no peeking.
- More soaked wood chips can be added after this and every 30 minutes thereafter, if needed.
- If the ribs start to burn on the edges, stack them on top of one another on the coolest part of the grill, and lower your fire slightly.
- Twenty minutes before serving, unstack the ribs, if necessary, and brush with barbecue sauce.
- Repeat after 10 minutes.
- Remove ribs from grill, and let rest in a warm place for about 10 minutes before cutting into individual or 2-3 rib portions.
- Warm remaining barbecue sauce in a saucepan, and serve on the side, if desired.
- Classic BBQ Rub:.
- Combine paprika, salt, sugar, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, pepper, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt and oregano in bowl; mix well.
- For a smoother rub, whiz ingredients in a blender or spice grinder until well combined and all pieces are uniform (the rub will be very fine and tan in color).
- This step is important if adding the rub to any homemade barbecue sauce.
- Extra rub can be stored in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
- Yield: about 1 cup.