Troy’s Baby Back Ribs
By Troy Black, excerpted from the Big Book of BBQ (Oxmoor House, $24.95)
Tips from the Pit Master For ribs that will be “fall-off-the-bone tender,” cook them until they bend to the ground when picked up by tongs.
Troy’s Baby Back Ribs Recipe
By January 28, 2013Published:
- Yield: 6 Servings
- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 6 hrs 20 mins
- Ready In: 6 hrs 48 mins
By Troy Black, excerpted from the Big Book of BBQ (Oxmoor House, $24.95) Tips from the Pit Master For ribs that will be …
- 3 slabs baby back pork ribs
- Barbecue Rub recipe to follow
- Hickory wood chips
- Apple juice
- Barbecue sauce
- Barbecue Rub: Prep time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
- 1/2 cup granulated garlic
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 1/2 cup paprika
- 2 tablespoons granulated onion
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground red peppers
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground black peppers
- To make the barbecue rub: Stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 3 cups.
- Remove thin membrane from back of ribs by slicing into it with a knife and then pulling. Sprinkle meat generously with Barbecue Rub. Massage rub into meat. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill 8 hours.
- Prepare a hot fire by piling charcoal on one side of grill, leaving other side empty. (For gas grills, light only one side.) Place cooking grate on grill. Arrange ribs over unlit side.
- Grill 2 hours, covered with grill lid, adding 5 to 7 charcoal pieces every 45 minutes to 1 hour and keeping temperature between 225° and 250°. Add a handful of hickory chips to the charcoal every 20 to 30 minutes. Spritz ribs with apple juice from a squeeze-trigger sprayer each time you add wood chips and coals.
- Reposition slabs occasionally, placing the one closest to the heat source in the back and adding hickory chips and coals as needed. Grill 2 more hours. Remove ribs from grill and place on heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spritz with apple juice; tightly seal. Place foil-wrapped ribs back on the grill; cook 2 more hours. Remove ribs from foil, place flat on grill, and baste generously with your favorite barbecue sauce. Grill 20 more minutes. Remove from grill and let stand 10 minutes.
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