How to Cook Ribs on the Barbeque
Making barbecue ribs is an art form. They way you cook them, the length of time you cook them for and the barbecue rib rub you use will all determine how your ribs come out. You can use sweet, savory, spicy, or hot rubs and suit them to your tastes. You can make rubs that have a Middle Eastern flavor, an Asian flavor, a Southwestern flavor, and more.
You can choose between wet barbecue rib rub and dry rib rub. If you prefer to taste more of the meat flavor, a basic dry rub is your best bet. If you want ribs that have a stronger flavor and seasonings, try using a wet rub or marinade.
There are a few things you should know before you start searching for a barbecue rib rub. Some people will tell you that salt dries meat out. This is true if you leave your meat in salt for many days. However, if you just sprinkle some salt on the surface of the meat as with a dry rub, it will actually draw the flavor of the rub into the meat. Some cooks suggest putting salt on the meat 24 hours prior to your barbecue.
Sweet Barbecue Ribs
For sweet barbecue ribs, sugar is a great addition to any barbecue rib rub recipe. Like salt, sugar needs moisture to dissolve. The moisture of the meat turns the sugar into syrup, which actually helps to hold the herbs and spices of the rub in place. Sugar burns at 275F so you have to be careful not to leave your sugar-rubbed ribs on the grill for too long because they will burn.
Just make sure to only expose your ribs to high temperature for a short period of time. The best way to cook sweet barbecue ribs is by slow cooking them and then raising the temperature at the end for a short amount of time so the sugar caramelizes and forms a nice crust.
The secret to cooking barbecue ribs is slow cooking and patience. Otherwise the ribs can become chewy or burnt. You can add a complementary barbecue sauce to your ribs for more flavor. Some styles of ribs are not eaten with sauce, such as Memphis ribs. A Memphis barbecue rib rub consists of paprika, salt, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne. In Memphis, the quality of the meat and the way you cook it is considered more important than the seasoning.
For an Asian style barbecue rib rub, add ingredients like Chinese five-spice powder, ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and vinegar. For Southwestern style barbecue ribs, make rub by combining ingredients such as chili powder, chipotle pepper, and lime. For Middle-Eastern style ribs, add garlic, nutmeg, cloves, vinegar, and cinnamon.
In conclusion, experimenting with different barbecue rib rub recipes and recipe variations is a fun way to enjoy your ribs differently each time. When it comes to the outdoor barbecue, ribs are certainly a quintessential part. Although it takes a while to perfect your rib grilling techniques and rub recipes, use this information as a guide to start exploring new recipes and ideas.
Barbeque Rib Cooking