Best BBQ ribs are fall off the bone tender. I have two secret ingredients to make them the best BBQ ribs you will ever eat.
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It is summertime – grill time – my favorite food time. Farmer Fred is the grill master in our house. However, this recipe makes grilling these baby back ribs so easy. The secret for fall off the bone, tender ribs is to prebake before grilling them. I also have a couple of secret ingredients that make them extra flavorful and so moist.
BONUS DRY RIB RUB RECIPE:
Seasoning the Ribs:
This DIY dry rib rub is the secret to the fabulous flavor on these ribs. Mix together the following seasonings:
1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, 4 tbsp paprika, 2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp black pepper, 1 tbsp dried rosemary leaves, 2 tbsp. Umami powder
The recipe calls for my favorite flavor enhancer, dried shiitake mushroom powder (Umami). The flavor booster is fantastic, and the best part is that it is so good for you.
Remove the membrane from the bottom of the ribs (watch the above video on how to do this). Season both sides of the rack of ribs with my Dry Rib Rub before baking in the oven.
Baking the Ribs:
The second secret ingredient is coffee. The ribs are prebaked in a strongly brewed coffee. The coffee keeps the ribs extra moist and acts as a tenderizer. Add twelve ounces of strongly brewed coffee to the roasting pan. Add the seasoned ribs to the pan. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and slow bake the ribs for 2 1/2 hours at 325 degrees F.
Grilling the Ribs
When the ribs are done baking, it’s time to finish them on the grill. Use a grill basket. Put them on the grill straight from the oven. Your rack of baby back ribs may already be starting to fall off the bone. A grill basket keeps them from falling apart on the grill and into the fire. Slather them with your favorite BBQ sauce and get grilling. The goal in grilling is to add that delicious char to the ribs and caramelize the BBQ sauce on them. They take 4-5 minutes a side to BBQ.
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- Outdoor BBQ Grill and Griling Basket.
Dry Rib Rub
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 4 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp dried Rosemary leaves
- 2 tbsp Umami Powder (shiitaki mushroom powder) a flavor enhancer.
- 1 rack Baby Back Ribs
- 1½ cups strongly brewed coffee
- ¼ cup bbq sauce what ever recipe is your favorite
- Mix together all the ingredients for the rib rub. Store any extra in an airtight container. This recipe makes enough for 6 racks of baby back ribs.
- Remove the membrane from the bottom of the rack of ribs. Cover both sides with a generous amount of the dry rub and place the rack of ribs in a large baking dish.
- preheat oven to 325°F
- Add the coffee to the bottom of the pan and cover the pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 3 hours
- Remove from the oven and place the rack of ribs in a grilling basket. Use a grilling basket because the ribs are fall off the bone tender and will come apart on the grill if they aren't in a basket.
- Grill on the outdoor BBQ about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the BBQ sauce is caramelized with areas of visible char. Serve with more BBQ sauce on the side.