When it comes to cuts of meat and what works best for cooking them, I am really quite clueless. Most cuts that end up at my dinner table have been brought by random fate and the right price. These days, no matter what you end up with, it’s most likely already earned a few recipes out in the land of the internet, but this can sometimes be unreliable as I can prove quite easily that anyone can post a recipe and call it good.
Since I have moved into a house with an actual place to grill, I have been grilling at least twice a week. This has been great experience. However, one meal did leave a bitter, charred taste in my mouth; some chewy baby back ribs. This brought on a family debate about boiling ribs. I myself, without any particular reasoning have always held a “no-boil” stance. This is even with having some very delicious, fall off the bone boiled-then-baked ribs. I guess it just seems a sin to basically destroy the most flavorful part of the ribs in a hot pot of water. After reading several opinions on the matter, I got the sense it was okay to boil ribs, just not boil them to smithereens and boil them in a flavorful broth. I bought a small rack of pork baby back ribs and I had almost gave in to giving boiling a try when at the last moment I came across a technique that shunned boiling and instead slowly steamed the meat in the oven with a patient baste and turn routine on the grill, leaving us with the most delicious ribs I have ever tasted.
You will need:
- Ribs of choice, membrane removed
- Favorite dry rub, or simply season as preferred.
- 1 Orange or lemon, sliced
- 1/4 White or yellow onion, sliced
- 2/3 cup of Liquid. This is where your imagination comes in! You can use broth, orange juice, apple juice, beer, anything that has a delicious flavor.
- 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
- Wood chips and a smoker box if using gas grill.
I may one day give boiling a try. But, as good as the ribs were, it’s probably not going to be anytime soon. It may in fact save some time, but this technique didn’t require to much of my attention and the results where certainly worth it. If I’m that rushed for a meal, I’ll just make a sandwich.