how long to boil beef ribs before grilling

Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Add the ribs, garlic cloves and bay leaf. Parboil the ribs, covered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until fork tender.

Delicious grilled beef ribs don’t need to cook all day to be fall-off-the-bone tender. Get my delicious barbecue ribs recipe as well as oven instructions.

If you’re looking for a fantastic grilling recipe, you’ve got to try these Grilled Beef Ribs. When slow-cooked on the grill, they get so tender and flavorful. They are perfect with BBQ sauce and your favorite grilled veggies. I’m sharing information about this type of rib as well as both grilling and oven-baked instructions.

Scroll down to read more about how it all comes together or click here to jump straight down to the recipe.

What Kind of Beef Ribs to Use

There are two cuts of beef ribs: back ribs and short ribs. For this recipe, you want to use back ribs, as short ribs (with the bone) benefit from a different cooking method, such as braising. As a bonus, back ribs are also less expensive.

No Fussy Tricks—It’s All in the Marinade

A good marinade will help create fall-off-the-bone meat, and this very simple one adds flavor from garlic, thyme, red wine, and soy sauce. Some people wonder if you need to boil ribs before grilling, wrap them in foil during grilling, or follow other barbecue rib-related tips, but none of these steps are necessary for this easy and effective recipe.

how long to boil beef ribs before grilling

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 long to boil beef ribs before grilling

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.

Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Add the ribs, garlic cloves and bay leaf. Parboil the ribs, covered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until fork tender.

FAQ

Should you boil beef ribs before grilling them?

By boiling the ribs first, you can ensure that they are fully cooked and tender before they even hit the grill. This method can also help remove some of the excess fat and impurities from the meat, resulting in a cleaner grilling process.

How long should I parboil ribs before grilling?

Boil until the ribs are slightly soft but not falling apart, about 25 minutes. Prepare a grill for high heat. Transfer the ribs to the grill, meatier-side down. Grill for 10 minutes; brush with glaze if you like and then grill another 3 minutes.

Can you boil beef short ribs?

Directions. Prepare ribs: Mix 2 1/2 quarts water, rice vinegar, onion, garlic, salt, five-spice powder, chili flakes, and bay leaves in a large pot. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Place ribs in broth; return to a simmer, then turn heat to low and cook for 1 hour.

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