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Grilling Ribs
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In traditional barbecue joints, their top secret recipes usually involve slowly smoking baby backs over a low flame for hours and hours until they're fall-off-the-bone-tender. For preparing your favorite rib recipes at home, however, it makes more sense to precook the ribs in the oven, and then finish them up on the grill to get the smoky taste.

To grill ribs:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Cut the ribs into 3-to 4-rib portions and trim off visible fat. Use fingertips to rub in your favorite seasonings or dry rub, if desired.

    When grilling ribs, rub each rib portion generously with seasonings.
    © 2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Rub each rib portion
    generously with seasonings.

  3. Place ribs in a shallow, foil-lined roasting pan. Bake 30 minutes. While the ribs bake, prepare the barbecue grill for direct cooking.

  4. Transfer ribs to rib rack set on preheated grid. Or, place ribs directly on preheated grid.

  5. Grill ribs, on covered grill, over medium coals 10 minutes.

  6. Remove ribs with tongs and brush on both sides with barbecue sauce. Return ribs to rack, close the cover, and continue to grill, for about 10 more minutes until ribs are tender and browned. Heat and serve sauce alongside the ribs.

    When grilling ribs, brush on both sides with barbecue sauce.
    © 2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Brush ribs with barbecue sauce.

Flanken-Style Short Ribs

(made with 2-1/2 lb. short ribs, approximately 1/2-inch thick and cross cut by sawing through the bone.)

These are fairly rectangular ribs cut from beef chuck so they need long, slow cooking to make them tender. Cross-cut beef ribs are often labeled as flanken and are cut across the bone instead of between the bones.

To grill flanken-style short ribs:
  1. Marinate short ribs, if desired, reserving some of the marinade to use as a basting sauce.

    Marinate short ribs in a plastic resealable food storage bag for convenience and easy clean up.
    © 2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Marinate short ribs in a plastic resealable
    food storage bag for easy clean up.

  2. Prepare barbecue grill for direct cooking.

  3. Drain ribs, if marinated.

  4. Place ribs on grid.

  5. Grill ribs, on covered grill, over medium-hot coals 5 minutes. Brush with reserved marinade, if using; turn and brush again. Discard remaining marinade.

  6. Continue to grill ribs, covered, 5 to 6 minutes for medium or until desired doneness is reached.
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