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Barbecue Guide for the Spring: Part I

Smoking sweet, tender baby back ribs in your back yard.

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Andre Taylor’s Tasty Tidbits!

Over the next four weeks, we’ll dive into barbecue as we approach the summer. Today I will share my tips on how to prepare some good barbecue ribs. I must admit, I love the taste of a sweet, tender, smokey rib. I like to make my own rub for my grilled meats and today I will share that recipe with you.

Here’s how I do my ribs:

The Rub

4 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of season salt

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

The Ribs

2 slabs of baby back ribs

Now I know some people, including me, like to boil their ribs before they touch the grill. What I do is pour some water into a large pot on the stovetop along with some apple vinegar (you can use regular vinegar too) and boil the ribs for about 35 minutes over a medium flame.

While the ribs are boiling, this is a good time to get the coals nice and hot in the grill. I like to use mesquite wood chips in my coals to add that extra smokey taste.

Once the ribs are done boiling, take them from the water and sprinkle some of the rub onto the ribs and rub it in good.

Place the ribs on the grill and let them smoke for about 30-35 minutes. Once they’ve browned, you can add some sauce if you want. Make sure you put some ribs off to the side for yourself or otherwise, you’ll be left in the cold.

If you try this recipe, take a picture and email me at andre.taylor@patch.com and let me know how it turned out. If you have another recipe you want to share with me, send that along.

Until then, keep on burnin’!

man o man May 01, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Sorry dude. Boiling ribs, especially Baby Backs, is not the way to make barbecue ribs. It's nothing short of heresy to those who take pride in our BBQ...!

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