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    Foolproof Baby Back Ribs

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    1 hr 10 mins

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    shimmerchk's Note:

    These are done completely on a gas grill and is the first recipe I have found that result in tender ribs without having to boil/steam/ or bake them first. Don't lift the lid for at least an hour while grilling! That is the secret to these ribs that end up tender and delectable. Uses simple ingredients with your favorite barbecue sauce to finish off the recipe and you will be in rib heaven.

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    1. 1
      Preheat gas grill for high heat.
    2. 2
      In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper Mix well.
    3. 3
      Trim off the membrane sheath from the back of each rack.
    4. 4
      You can do this by running a small, sharp knife between the membrane and snip or"shimmy" off the membrane as much as possible.
    5. 5
      Don't skip this step because it prevents the ribs from being chewy.
    6. 6
      Sprinkle or "throw" as much of the rub onto both sides of the ribs as desired.
    7. 7
      Do not rub the spices in, because the ribs will turn too dark and spicy.
    8. 8
      You may have some spices leftover, depending on your taste.
    9. 9
      Place aluminum foil on lower rack to capture drippings and prevent flare-ups.
    10. 10
      Brush grate with oil, and lay ribs on top rack of grill.
    11. 11
      Reduce heat to low, shut grill, and leave undisturbed for 1 hour.
    12. 12
      Do not lift lid at all during this time period!
    13. 13
      After one hour check for doneness, depending on your grill you may need to continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes (our grill takes one hour exactly). Brush ribs with barbecue sauce and grill an additional few minutes until sauce is slightly absorbed and a little brown around the edges.
    14. 14
      Serve ribs as whole rack or cut between bones and pile individual ribs on the platter.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 25, 2012


      This review is for the cooking method only as I make and use my own rub and sauce based on Jim's "Don't Spare the Spareribs" Ribs . I see absolutely no flaw with the rub and at some point I will try it and I will update the review when I do.

      I have used this method several times on a few different grills and always with great success.The cooking method works just fine but remember, the times are just a guideline. If your racks of ribs are on the lighter side check them earlier. A good indicator for ribs is when 1/4 of an inch of the bone ends are exposed they should be pretty much done and ready for finishing with sauce. In my opinion and based on experience, if they are "falling off the bone" they are overcooked, if the bone ends are not exposed by at least a quarter inch they are undercooked.

      Also remember that this method is for Baby Back Ribs. Spare Ribs (From the underside of the rib cage) are a much tougher cut with more connective tissue and will require long slow cooking to achieve the desired results. I have not tried this method for "Southern Style" ribs yet but I plan to

      I noticed one reviewer had a bad experience and they are probably correct in thinking the grill was too hot. I am wondering if maybe they either forgot to turn down the heat or didn't put the ribs on the upper rack of the grill. It is important to Know Your Grill!!!

      Bottom Line, This method has not let me down yet and it is the only method I use for grilling Baby Backs.

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    • on August 27, 2013


      The rub is not to my taste and I will try one of the others that I have used in the past, but the cooking method works well. I'll probably use it again when I don't want to fire up the smoker and spend 5 hours cooking ribs.<br/><br/>These took 1:10 on my grill, plus another 10 minutes on slightly higher heat after brushing on sauce.<br/><br/>The recipe doesn't say anything about adding smoke, but you can do it pretty easily by putting wood chips in a foil pack if you don't have a metal tray for them. The smoke definitely add something (I like pecan, apple, hickory, oak, or a mixture of these).

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    • on December 22, 2012


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    Nutritional Facts for Foolproof Baby Back Ribs

    Serving Size: 1 (273 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 879.8
    Calories from Fat 509
    Total Fat 56.5 g
    Saturated Fat 19.7 g
    Cholesterol 234.7 mg
    Sodium 863.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 27.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 16.7 g
    Protein 66.0 g

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