Grilling country style ribs is a delicious way to get your weekend started right.
First You Have to Cook Them
Rib meat takes a while to cook. Longer than it would take for the sugars in your mop (a thin sauce more like a glaze that requires a small mop-like brush to put it on whatever you are grilling) or barbecue sauce to burn. If you want to grill your ribs, you will need to cook them a bit first and then bring them to your grill to finish off. The best way to accomplish this is by poaching them.
Start with 3 to 4 pounds country-style pork ribs (not boneless). Of course, you can use more if you like. Poaching your ribs is not as hard as it sounds. All you need to do is put them in a roasting pan and add about an inch of water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Simmer the ribs for about 1 hour. There you go, you have now poached your ribs. Keep and eye on the water level and if you need to, add more water.
There are those who claim that poaching the ribs boils the flavor out of the meat. I can see their point and I have tried a variation on the pre-cook theme that has worked well and has resulted in a good flavor as well. Instead of poaching your ribs, you can just place them in a covered roasting pan and bake them at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-1 1/2 hours. Either way, you will need to get them up to 160 degrees on your instant read thermometer.
Grilling Country Style Ribs
I like to use a dry rub, but you don't need to. You will need to get a good barbecue sauce to baste your ribs. It will come as no surprise that the barbecue sauce that I like the most is my recipe for orange chipotle barbecue sauce.
- Start up your grill and get the heat up to a medium heat.
- Coat both sides of your ribs with the barbecue sauce and then place them on the grill.
- You will need to turn the ribs rather often. Every time you turn them, you should reapply the barbecue sauce.