how do you cook beef ribs on the grill

Grilling BBQ Beef RibsStart by preheating your grill at 250°F.Place the meatier side of the ribs down on the grill over indirect heat.Cook for about 2 hours, turning every 20 minutes.Baste with barbecue sauce (pour the BBQ sauce over the meat) in the last 10-20 minutes.Serve it warm and enjoy.

  1. Start by preheating your grill at 250°F.
  2. Place the meatier side of the ribs down on the grill over indirect heat.
  3. Cook for about 2 hours, turning every 20 minutes.
  4. Baste with barbecue sauce (pour the BBQ sauce over the meat) in the last 10-20 minutes.
  5. Serve it warm and enjoy.

Beef Back Ribs, simply seasoned, smoked for a few hours in a kamado grill and then foiled. One slab of beef ribs had beef broth added to the foil and the other had red wine. After an hour or so in the foil they were pulled from the aluminum and put back on the grill for about 30 minutes to firm up the bark and complete these grilled beef back ribs.

Lately in my big box club stores, I’ve been seeing beef BACK ribs and have been meaning to do something with them and finally got the chance. Since I’d never cooked beef back ribs, I kept it incredibly simple just to see what the deal was with this suddenly readily available cut of meat. Sure, they’ve always been available through special order. Although, now you can grab a slab or two from the case without having to call ahead. For our first attempt, we went real basic. Scroll down for the complete, step-by-step, pic-by-pic, foolproof instructions for Grilled Beef Back Ribs.

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You can browse my complete collection of grilling recipes, but here’s some other great grilled meats for you to make. Enjoy! -Christine xo

Oven-Cooked BBQ Beef Ribs

Don’t have a grill or just prefer to cook inside? Use these instructions instead.

Preheat your oven to 300°F. Cut racks into individual ribs. Season with salt. Bake the ribs on a large baking sheet in a single layer uncovered for an hour, the meatiest sides up. Then tightly cover the ribs with aluminum foil and continue to cook for another 1.5 hours.

Brush on BBQ sauce. You can serve them like that, or, put them under the broiler for a couple of minutes per side to get a bit of char.

Whether you’re cooking the ribs in the oven or on the grill, you can absolutely do them ahead. What I like to do is to do the low-and-slow part a day or two in advance. That’s the part that takes the longest so getting it out of the way is a great idea.

Make-Ahead Ribs Using The Oven: You’ll cook them as instructed above for the 2.5 hours. Let them cool, brush them with sauce, and then cover and refrigerate until about 30 minutes before you want to serve them. Then, take them out of the fridge, let them sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before either putting them under the broiler or onto a hot grill. You’ll turn them as they darken, turning to char all sides a bit, and to heat them through. Serve.

Make-Ahead Ribs Using The Grill: You’ll cook them as instructed below for the 2 hours, then brush with sauce, then cook for 30-60 more minutes until very tender. Let them cool and then cover and refrigerate them until about 30 minutes before you want to serve them. Then, take them out of the fridge, let them sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before either putting them under the broiler or onto a hot grill. You’ll turn them as they darken, turning to char all sides a bit, and to heat them through. Serve.

How To Grill Beef Ribs

For amazingly tender meat that will fall off the bone, and some delicious smoky flavor, cooking low-and-slow on the grill is the way to go. If you would prefer to cook them in the oven, scroll down for those instructions.

Start by prepping your grill and heating one side of it on low heat, about 275°F. Remove any membranes and excess fat from the ribs and cut them into individual ribs. Sprinkle salt evenly over the ribs.

how do you cook beef ribs on the grill

Cook the beef back ribs over indirect heat by placing them on the side of the grill that is not heated. Close the grill and cook for two hours. After two hours, brush the ribs with barbecue sauce if you’d like. Continue cooking until the meat can easily be pulled off the bone, 30-60 minutes more. Let them rest for five minutes and then it’s time to dig in!

Note: If you like a bit more char on your ribs, you can turn up the grill to high at the end of the cook time. Transfer the ribs over to the direct heat and cook for just 2-3 minutes per side at the very end. Then take them off and let them rest as usual.

Grilling BBQ Beef RibsStart by preheating your grill at 250°F.Place the meatier side of the ribs down on the grill over indirect heat.Cook for about 2 hours, turning every 20 minutes.Baste with barbecue sauce (pour the BBQ sauce over the meat) in the last 10-20 minutes.Serve it warm and enjoy.

FAQ

How do you keep beef ribs moist on the grill?

Should ribs be wrapped in foil when grilling? Yes! Wrapping ribs in foil helps keep them moist and tender during a lengthy visit to the grill, but that’s not all the foil does… it also traps heat allowing the ribs to cook faster!

What is the best technique for grilling ribs?

First, preheat a clean grill to medium heat (about 200°F), then oil the grill. By the way, this is how to best clean your grill. Place the ribs right on the grill, using tongs to maneuver them into place. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 30 minutes on each side.

Should beef ribs be boiled before grilling?

Follow this tip: Pre-cooking the ribs before they hit the grill not only gives you more control over the cooking temperature, but it can also make for more tender meat. You can oven-bake, boil, or even use the slow cooker for pre-cooking before firing up the grill.

Do you wrap beef ribs to grill?

You do not need to wrap the smoked beef ribs, this is an optional step that will speed up the cook and gently braise the meat. I’ve found this is a helpful step to make sure they are extra tender. Once the beef ribs hit 165-170°F, it’s time to wrap them tightly in butcher paper (the type used for BBQ).

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