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Quick n Easy Beef Back Ribs Recipe

beef back ribs
Hope you enjoy this beef back ribs recipe for tender BBQ beef baby back ribs hot off the grill in only 1 hour slathered with our homemade, better-than-bottled barbecue sauce. Try it and tell us what you think at the bottom of this page.

BBQ Beef Back Ribs Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 2 -3)

  • Brine: 3/4 cup kosher salt (or 1/2 cup table salt), 1/2 cup sugar, 1 gallon of water

  • 2 pounds beef back ribs
    (or 1 3/4 lbs beef baby back ribs

  • Garlic powder (to taste)

  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 3/4 cup ketchup

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce

  • Grilling Instructions for BBQ Beef Back Ribs

    1. Remove membrane, cut-off excess fat, and trim the end points of your beef ribs.

    2. Brine ribs before grilling. Brining is easy and key to tender, succulent ribs especially if you are going to grill 'em quickly like we are in this recipe:

    Use a meat cleaver or sharp knife to divide each full rack of ribs in half.

    Completely submerge ribs in a container full of the brine mixture. Allow to brine 2 - 6 hours (longer = more tender).

    3. Remove ribs from brine and rub both sides with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Refrigerate while you prepare the grill.

    4. Preheat the grill as follows:

    Indirect, medium-heat
    (325 - 350 degrees F)
    Heavy-duty drip pan placed anywhere inside grill

    Indirect heat, medium ash, grate should be on medium setting
    Split charcoal bed (about 24 coals per side)
    20 replacement coals (pre-burn in charcoal burner before using)
    Heavy-duty drip pan placed between the banks of coals

    Indirect heat, medium ash, 3 inches deep, grate should be 4 inches above the fire
    Heavy-duty drip pan placed anywhere inside grill

    5. Clean and liberally oil your preheated grill.

    6. Barbeque the ribs over direct heat, uncovered, for about 2 - 3 minutes per side. This will sear the ribs to seal in flavor and moisture. Then move the beef ribs to indirect heat and stack them on top of each other. Fill drip pan with liquid (beer, water, apple juice, etc.). This will add moisture to your beef ribs during the grilling process.

    Grilling Tip:
    Temperature is extremely important when it comes to grilling ribs on the barbeque. Don't guess, use a thermometer. You want to keep the temperature as constant as possible, between 325 - 350 degrees F.

    You can maintain the right temperature by checking your grill thermometer frequently, adding charcoal as necessary, and adjusting the grill vents accordingly: opening them up will increase cooking temperature while closing them decreases it.

    When adding coal, NEVER use unburned coal! Always pre-burn them first in a charcoal chimney.

    7. Continue grilling beef back ribs, covered, for about 1 hour. They are done when and instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ribs registers about 155 degrees F.

    8. Meanwhile, add remaining ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

    9. During the last 10 minutes of grilling, place beef ribs over direct heat and brush all sides with the homemade barbecue sauce. Turn ribs frequently and brush with remaining sauce to caramelize it and add some charring to the rib-edges.

    We recommend serving these tasty beef baby back ribs with one of our delicious grilled potatoes recipes.

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