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Ultimate Guide to BBQ Ribs: From Prep to Grill

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Choosing the Right Ribs

Select between baby back ribs or spare ribs based on your preference for tenderness or meatiness.

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Removing Membrane

Trim excess fat and remove the tough membrane from the back of the ribs for better seasoning absorption.

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Seasoning Your Ribs

Apply a dry rub generously over the ribs, covering all surfaces for enhanced flavor.

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Marinating

Consider marinating ribs overnight in a flavorful liquid to tenderize and infuse deeper flavors.

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Preparing Your Grill

Set up your grill for indirect heat, aiming for a consistent temperature of around 225-250°F (107-121°C).

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Smoking Techniques

Use wood chips or chunks for smoke flavor, adjusting the amount based on your preference for smokiness.

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Grilling Process

Place ribs bone-side down on the grill and maintain a steady temperature. Cook low and slow for several hours.

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Basting and Mopping

Periodically baste ribs with a BBQ sauce or mop to keep them moist and develop a flavorful glaze.

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Checking Doneness

Use a meat thermometer to ensure ribs reach an internal temperature of 190°F (88°C) for tender results.

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Resting and Serving

Let ribs rest before slicing to retain juices. Serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side.

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Pairing Suggestions

Serve BBQ ribs with classic sides like coleslaw, cornbread, or grilled vegetables for a complete meal.