Americans’ love for all things grilled is quite unmatched! The Barbeque Lifestyle, Usage & Attitude Poll by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association (HPBA) once found that the majority of grill owners, that is 63%, use their grill all year round. Another 43% cook at least once every month during winters. If you too wish to start cooking BBQ ribs, it is a good idea to learn a few golden rules. Fret not! All you need is good equipment, little preparation and some time and patience. Following the directions accurately can help you end up with the most succulent and delicious ribs ever. Read on.
Ribs are perfect for those who do not prefer meaty cuts. But it is a good idea to tenderize them first via pounding, salting, enzyme application, marinating, velveting and scoring. The main ingredients in these processes are yogurt, wine, buttermilk and vinegar. Peanut or vegetable oil, cornstarch and oyster sauce are especially perfect for velveting. These seasonings are known to break down proteins. This softens the beef, pork or chicken to a great extent. Here’s what else to do:
It will eventually stop when the internal and external temperatures become equal. This usually takes about 15 minutes. Make perpendicular cuts before putting them on the plate. This way the meat fibers are shortened and give a softened bite.
Achieving the perfect crispy and gooey ribs requires the right sauce application. Brush the glaze in the final 5 minutes on the grill. Apply in thin layers using the heat from the grill to make it crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. This technique helps to add the much-needed coating and taste to the BBQ ribs.
Serve hot with sides like tomato cucumber salad, baked potato bar, German potato salad or creamy coleslaw. Cornbread or a bowl of buttered corn is also an excellent pair with BBQ ribs. Beer or Bourbon are great choices in drinks. For non-alcoholic folks, pick iced tea, other lightly sweetened drinks or lemonades. If you feel the whole process could be too tedious or time-consuming, simply order out to save the hassle.