If you’re a BBQ lover, there’s nothing quite like a perfectly grilled rack of ribs. And while traditionalists might insist on charcoal or wood-fired grilling, there’s no denying the convenience and ease of using a gas grill. Here are some tips and tricks for achieving tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs on a gas grill.
Choosing Your Ribs
Before you start grilling, it’s important to choose the right type of ribs. There are two main types of ribs: baby back and spare ribs. Baby back ribs are smaller and leaner, with tender meat that cooks relatively quickly. Spare ribs are larger and meatier, with more fat and connective tissue that requires longer cooking times to become tender. Both types of ribs can be grilled on a gas grill, but spare ribs will require more time and attention.
Preparing Your Ribs
Once you’ve chosen your ribs, it’s time to prepare them for the grill. Start by removing the membrane on the underside of the ribs. This can be done by sliding a butter knife under the membrane and lifting it away from the bone. Removing the membrane will allow your seasoning and marinade to penetrate the meat more effectively.
Next, season your ribs generously with your favorite BBQ rub. This can be a store-bought blend or a homemade mix of spices and herbs. Be sure to coat both sides of the ribs evenly.
If you have time, you can also marinate your ribs in a BBQ sauce or marinade. This will add flavor and moisture to the meat, but be careful not to marinate for too long or the acid in the marinade can break down the meat and make it mushy.
Preheating Your Grill
Before you start grilling, it’s important to preheat your gas grill. This will ensure that your grill grates are hot enough to sear the meat and create those coveted grill marks.
Turn on all the burners to high and close the lid. Allow the grill to heat up for at least 10-15 minutes, or until the temperature reaches 400-450┬░F.
Grilling Your Ribs
Once your grill is preheated, it’s time to start grilling your ribs. Place the ribs bone-side down on the grill grates and close the lid. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the ribs have developed grill marks and are lightly browned.
Next, flip the ribs over and reduce the heat to low. Close the lid and continue cooking for another 30-40 minutes, or until the meat is tender and fully cooked.
If you’re using spare ribs, you may need to wrap them in foil halfway through the cooking process to prevent them from drying out. This technique, known as the “Texas crutch,” involves wrapping the ribs in foil with a splash of apple juice or beer to create a steamy environment that will help break down the connective tissue and make the meat more tender.
In the last 10-15 minutes of cooking, you can add your favorite BBQ sauce to the ribs. Be sure to brush the sauce on evenly and avoid adding too much, as too much sugar in the sauce can cause it to burn.
Resting and Serving
Once your ribs are fully cooked, it’s important to let them rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making it more tender and juicy.
To serve, cut the ribs into individual portions and garnish with chopped parsley or green onions. Serve with your favorite BBQ sides, such as baked beans, coleslaw, or potato salad.
Grilling ribs on a gas grill