Everyone has their own taste in ribs. Some like them spicy and some don't. Some like their ribs cooked with a dry rub, while others prefer a wet rub. Some people like baby-back ribs, and others go for spareribs or short ribs. Some like pork ribs, others like beef ribs. So it really is next to impossible to get the very best bbq ribs recipes together when nobody will ever agree anyway.
What can be done is to put together some bbq ribs recipes that are easy, delicious, and can be used for several kinds of rib cuts. The recipes and links below, when carefully followed, accomplish that.
Here are a couple bbq ribs recipes that we have found to be among the best ribs recipes around. They are not meant to please everyone's tastes, but to provide a little something for everyone. They were chosen because they produce great results for ribs and directions that almost anyone can follow.
Like every barbeque recipe, you should feel free to change a few things to match you and your family's tastes, which are the most important to you.
Here's an easy award-winning Texas Spareribs recipe that can be used for pork spareribs, country style ribs, or any other pork ribs. Just adjust the cooking times with the bigger, meatier cuts.
These ribs get most of their tenderness before they hit the grill by being cooked slowly in the oven. Bbq ribs recipes don't get much better than this one.
Texas Pork Spareribs
4 racks pork spareribs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup salt
2 1/2 tablespoons black pepper
3 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 cups ketchup
3 cups hot water
4 tablespoons brown sugar
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup soaked wood chips
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Bake uncovered for 3-4 hours, or until the ribs are tender and just about falling apart fall apart.
For the barbeque sauce, remove 4-5 tablespoons of drippings from the roasting pans, and place in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onion in pan drippings until lightly browned. Stir in ketchup, and heat for 3 to 4 more minutes, stirring constantly. Next, mix in water and brown sugar, and season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, adding water if it gets too thick.
Preheat grill for low heat. When grill is ready, add the soaked wood chips to the coals or to the smoker box of a gas grill. Spray grill's grate with a coat of cooking spray. Place ribs on the grill but do not overcrowd. Cook for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste ribs with sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling only.
For pork bbq meat on a budget, Country Style Ribs are not ribs, but they are very meaty and taste pretty darn good. They're easy enough to do on a regular basis.
Here's a great recipe for Beef Short Ribs. The trick to tenderizing the short ribs for this recipe is simmering them in beer. The beer also helps to give them a good flavor.
BBQ Beef Short Ribs
Trim any excess fat from ribs. Place ribs in a Dutch oven or large cooking pot. Add beer to cover ribs. Bring to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for about 2 hours or until fork-tender.
Prepare outdoor grill to medium heat. Place ribs on grill; brush with half of reserved Spicy Barbeque Sauce for basting. Grill, covered, turning often and brushing with remaining basting sauce, for 15 minutes or until slightly crispy on the outside.
Heat reserved Spicy Barbeque Sauce for dipping. Serve with ribs.
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon liquid hot pepper
Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Reserve half of sauce for basting and half for dipping.
Because of their versatility, these bbq ribs recipes should keep you busy for some time to come. There's also some links to more ribs recipes below. And there will be frequent updates and additions to this bbq ribs recipes page.