Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rib Master's Ribs

Well, I think I've done it.  I think that I've made the best ribs ever.  I'm not sure if I take a good picture of ribs, but I'll promise this: they taste awesome!  It's a 4-5 hour process, which is pretty short for ribs.  There is a debate going on in my family.  Is boiling ribs cheating or essential?  My dad (the chef) says it's the key to good ribs, and my brother (who worked at a BBQ joint with bad ribs) said boiling is considered cheating in the BBQ world.  I did what was essential and cheated.  Here's the process:

Some Dang Good Ribs

Ribs (mine came from my dad's pigs)
white vinegar
onion powder
hot sauce
dry rub (I use this recipe)
apple cider vinegar (or water)

Directions: Boil. Grill. Roast.  Here we go:

BOIL: Bring water, white vinegar, hot sauce, and garlic powder to a rolling boil.  Add ribs and boil for just a few minutes.  They need to turn white and look ugly.  

Pull the ribs out and let rest until it's cool enough to handle.

Once they're cool enough, rub them down with the spices.  Be generous.  

I ommit the brown sugar from spices.  I never use white pepper.  I'm usually out of at least one of the spices.  It's a forgiving recipe.

GRILL: Head out to the grill and place the meat on indirect heat.  Grill for 30-45 minutes, flipping once.  

ROAST: Bring them inside and place them in a dish.  Cover the bottom of the dish with a little bit of apple cider vinegar or water.  Cover tightly with foil.  Roast them at 300 until tender and the meat is loosened.  It usually takes 3 hours.

This week, we served them with spicy cilantro slaw and sweet potato fries with chipotle dipping sauce.  It was a great meal, but I'm sure there are a ton of other great sides (collard greens anyone?) that would be great as well.

 The first time that I made these, Burl took one bite and with a deep husky man voice proclaimed, "Mmm.  Mama, dat good!"  He didn't even look up, he just kept on eating.  We all agreed that the ribs were great.  Thanks, Dad, for supplying me with ribs and a good recipe.  If I missed anything, will you post it in the comments?  

I hope this turns out well for everyone.  I'll pre-welcome everyone for introducing you to the best ribs ever.  You're welcome.  Dat good.


  1. Cilantro slaw? Yes, please! I've been making this a lot - can't seem to get enough lime & cilantro!

    1. Cilantro is my new jam! I always have some on hand and it seems to go perfectly with, um, EVERYTHING!

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  3. oops - i wrote something crazy by mistake!

    nice food photos! I'm a rib-boiler and I've always thought the boiled ribs looks a little yucky, but YOUR picture makes them look awesome! :)

    1. Hello fellow boiler. Finger licking good, huh?

  4. Sounds so good. My husband loves ribs. I'll have to pin this.