If you're a meat lover, you know that there's nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a meaty, succulent beef rib. And the best way to get that perfect balance of smoky flavor and tender texture is by grilling them to perfection.
In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to cook beef ribs on the grill, including how to wrap them in foil for optimal tenderness. Whether you prefer beef back ribs or the meatier back of the ribs, we've got you covered.
Get ready to sink your teeth into some delicious beef ribs that will have your taste buds singing with delight at your next BBQ party.
How to Choose Beef Ribs
When it comes to choosing beef ribs, there are several cuts to consider. Each cut has its own unique characteristics, making them ideal for different cooking methods and flavor profiles. Here are five common cuts of beef ribs to consider:
Short Ribs: These are the meatiest and most popular cut of beef ribs. They come from the lower portion of the rib cage and have a lot of connective tissue that makes them ideal for slow cooking. Short ribs are perfect for outdoor grilling because they have a large amount of meat on the bone.
Back Ribs: Also known as beef loin ribs, these ribs come from the rib primal section and are located closer to the spine. They have a lot less meat than short ribs but are tender and flavorful.
Chuck Ribs: These are the upper portion of the short ribs and have a lot of meat on them. They have a good balance of meat and fat, which makes them perfect for braising.
Plate Ribs: These ribs come from the belly section and have more fat than meat. They are great for slow cooking and braising.
Flank: These ribs are from the belly section, and they are very lean. They have a slight flavor that makes them perfect for marinating, but you don’t have to because the meat is naturally tender.
For grilling and making barbecue, we recommend having short ribs as your choice. You can talk to your local butcher and have it prepared for you, or you can cut it yourself. If you have the choice between buying bone-in and boneless short ribs, we recommend having them bone-in because they will be juicer and more flavorful.
Ingredients and Tools You Need
Before you start grilling your bbq beef ribs, you need several tools to get started. And to help you with you beef ribs recipe, here are what we recommend you to prepare.
Apple cider vinegar
- Yellow Mustard
- Orange Juice
You can add any ingredients to your ribs that you like. Make sure to use your favorite rub or try to experiment with different seasonings.
Step-by-Step Guide on Cooking Grilled Beef Ribs
Trim Your Ribs
When it comes to cooking beef ribs, it's important to start with a quality cut of meat. If you purchase a pre-trimmed rack of ribs, you can skip this step. But if you're starting with a slab of beef ribs, you'll need to trim off any excess fat or silver skin. Use a sharp boning knife to carefully slice off any visible fat, being careful not to cut into the meat. Once the excess fat is removed, use a paper towel to remove the membrane from the underside of the ribs.
Season and Marinade
Season the ribs with your preferred dry rub or spice blend. Make sure to cover both sides of the ribs generously. For added flavor, you can also marinade the ribs with yellow mustard or your favorite marinade for at least a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
Pre-heat Your Grill
Pre-heat your gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. If using a charcoal grill, make sure to arrange the coals on one side of the grill to create indirect heat. This allows for slower and more even cooking. If using a gas grill, turn off one of the burners and place the ribs on the cooler side of the grill.
Place the Ribs on the Grill
Place the ribs on the grill over indirect heat, bone-side down. Close the lid and cook the ribs for about 3-4 hours or until the ribs reach an internal temperature of 190-205°F. To ensure even cooking, move the ribs around the grill every hour or so, rotating them so that the side of the ribs closest to the heat source is facing away from it.
Add Beef Broth or Liquid
About 3/4 way through the cooking process, remove the beef and put iit in the pan. Add a cup or two of beef broth or your preferred liquid to the pan beneath the ribs. You can also use orange juice or red wine if you want to add some fruity or sweet notes to the ribs. This helps to keep the meat moist and adds flavor.
Fall Off the Bone
You can add one to one and a half hours of cooking time to let the juice cook off and the meat fall off the bone. Remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. For an extra touch, brush the ribs with your favorite barbecued beef sauce before serving.
In conclusion, grilling beef ribs is a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy this classic BBQ staple. By following our step-by-step guide, you can ensure that your beef ribs turn out perfectly every time. Remember to wrap the ribs in foil for optimal tenderness, and adjust the temperature of the grill to suit the kind of beef ribs you're cooking.
Whether you prefer pork ribs or a different kind of beef ribs, this technique can be applied to achieve mouth-watering results. So fire up the grill, grab your tongs, and get ready. Wrap in foil this recipe to impress your guests with some truly unforgettable BBQ ribs.