For me, Summer doesn’t officially start until we sit outside all day and cook up some juicy BBQ Ribs! And this year, summer started on Father’s Day weekend, when we sat outside with our neighbors, grilled up some ribs and had some tasty frozen margaritas! The weekend really couldn’t get much better!
There are endless ways to cook your ribs from smoking them, or cooking them in the oven, cooking them in the slow cooker, or our favorite way, low and slow on the grill! Like most of my other grilling recipes, D.J. was the chef! We share a lot of work in the kitchen when it comes to grilling, I usually prep everything and D.J. cooks it all. A man and his grill.
Just like the many ways to cook your ribs, there are a lot of different types of ribs you can cook, our favorite being St. Louis style ribs. They are super meaty, and are perfect for grilling and slathering with some Homemade BBQ Sauce. But, St. Louis style ribs can be expensive. Why? Because the butcher at your local grocery store does all of the work for you!
So what is one to do? I mean, shoot, ribs can be expensive – when they are on sale they are around $4 a pound, and even more if you want baby back. However, there is a solution – spare ribs. Spare ribs (not country style) are just St. Louis style ribs with the “silver skin” still intact with a little extra meat at the bottom. All it takes is about another 10-15 minutes of your time, and you’ll save half of what you’d spend on St. Louis style ribs AND you’ll have extra meat for a second meal! Definite bonus in my book. This video below will explain the best way to remove the silver skin. It’s really simple, and totally worth the effort, especially with the amount of money you’ll save.
Another thing I really like about BBQ Ribs is just how easy they really are to make. With a simple spice rub, a little bit of time, and your favorite BBQ sauce, you’ll be licking your fingers clean, and anticipating when you’re going to have some BBQ Ribs again!
I like to start my ribs the night before I make them by removing the silver skin, and rubbing them down with my dry rub. The flavor really soaks into the ribs making them even more delicious!
Most of the time cooking BBQ Ribs is hands off. We enjoyed the sunshine, some frozen margaritas a couple cold beers and played a little football while we waited for our ribs to cook up!
For Dry Rub:
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp onion powder
1, 6-8 lb rack pork spare ribs
2 cups homemade bbq sauce
Remove silver skin from ribs. Check YouTube for the best way to do this if you are unsure.
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients of spice rub. Place ribs on a baking sheet, and completely cover both sides with spice rub, making sure to really rub it into the ribs. Place ribs on a baking sheet and let marinate for at least an hour, or overnight if possible.
Preheat grill to 250 degrees and place ribs in the middle of the grill, close the lid and walk away.
After about 2 1/2 hours, check on your ribs, and flip them. Close the lid and way away again.
Wait another 2 1/2 hours, and flip your ribs again. Sauce ribs with BBQ sauce, close the lid and let cook 10 minutes. Flip ribs again, sauce the other side, close the lid and let cook another 10 minutes. This lets the sauce thicken up and really stick to the ribs.
Remove from heat and let ribs rest about 5-10 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut ribs and enjoy!
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