The fourth of July is the birthday of America, the day our Founding Fathers declared independence from Britain. It’s the day that American freedom was born, and every year, we celebrate that hard-earned freedom with fireworks, concerts, carnivals, family reunions, and not least of all, barbecue. On this day, millions of Americans fire up their grills, gather round, and cook all manner of hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, corn on the cob, and best of all, ribs.
Yes, today is not only Independence Day. It’s National Barbecued Ribs Day! And we’ve got everything you need to celebrate in style. Our award-winning ribs recipe is only the tip of the rib bone: we’ve also got the inside line on how to tell when your ribs are properly cooked, a guide to our favorite rib racks, and step-by-step techniques like how to remove that pesky membrane from your rack of ribs–and an explanation of why you definitely want to remove it.
Removing the paper-thin membrane from the bone side of ribs prior to smoking ensures that the ribs come out as tender as possible without guests having to gnaw through the membrane's tough texture. This how-to guide features step by step photos for trimming a slab of ribs and removing the membrane.
There are several techniques to tell when your ribs are ready: bend, twist, peek-a-boo, taste, toothpick, popup, and thermometer test. Since ribs come in so many different weights and thicknesses, knowing when they are done is an inexact science but here are some guidelines and techniques that will help make it easier.
This simple smoked rib tips recipe makes the perfect snack, appetizer, or main course. The rib tip (a.k.a. brisket, costal cartilage, or break) is the triangular, cartilage-dotted slab of meat attached to the lower end of the sparerib. Seasoned with BBQ rub then slow smoked on the grill, these bites are a surefire hit.
Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous is a Memphis BBQ staple and now you can create their signature dry rubbed ribs at home. In this quick and easy recipe, baby back ribs are cooked hot and fast over charcoal, basted constantly with a vinegary mop sauce, and then covered in their seasoning. In true Memphis fashion, there is no sauce on these dry rub ribs.
Create delicious Brontosaurus sized beef ribs at home with this tested smoked Texas beef rib recipe. Whether it is meaty beef short ribs or the more flavorful beef back ribs, the key to successfully replicating this Texas BBQ classic is cooking them low and slow over live fire with just the perfect touch of smoke.
As succulent as brisket but with a ready-to-carry bone, this slow smoked beef rib recipe rivals those served at the top BBQ joints in Texas. Unlike the traditional salt and pepper rub, the beef ribs are seasoned with coffee, cocoa, and chile for a bold burst of flavor that perfectly compliments their smoky beef flavor.
Impress guests at your next BBQ and grilling cookout for this sweet and savory rib recipe starring a glaze of real maple syrup. The result is extremely tender, juicy, meat with a beautiful mirror like sheen from the glaze. We'd be shocked if these aren't the best ribs you've ever tasted.
BBQ ribs get an Asian inspired makeover in this recipe for soy ginger glazed spare ribs. The flavor base for these Asian style smoked ribs comes from a dry rub of paprika mixed with five spice powder. The ribs are smoked low and slow until moist and tender then glazed with a sticky sweet soy and ginger BBQ sauce.
Crunchy bruleed sugar adds an unexpected twist to traditional low and slow smoked spare ribs in this recipe for sweet and savory candied BBQ ribs. The ribs are smoked low and slow until mouthwateringly moist and tender before sprinkling the ribs with sugar then torch them until the sugar melts and browns for a crust.
Why wait for the McRib to return when you've got an amazing rib sandwich recipe? Learn more about the fabled McRib sandwich while creating one that takes it over the top. Ribs are smoked to perfection before the meat joins homemade pickles, caramelized onions, and custom BBQ sauce on a buttery brioche bun.
Experience the best Asian-style ribs you have ever had with this recipe for Hoisinful Nine Dragon Chinese Ribs. Based on an amazing dish at a now defunct Chicago Chinese restaurant, meaty baby back ribs are marinated in flavorful hoisin sauce before being finished on the grill for a sweet and smoky blast of flavor.
Perfectly flavored and smoked until tender, these Chinese five spice riblets are a sure fire hit for dinner or a mouthwatering party appetizer. In the recipe, the ribs are marinated and grilled but they can also be cooked in the deep fryer for extra crunch.
Create succulent ribs on the smoker or grill by marrying water and fire in this recipe for sous-vide-que St. Louis spare ribs. By starting them in a low and slow sous vide water bath, the ribs are rendered moist and tender before finishing them on the grill for that smoky flavor we all love in tradition BBQ ribs. Check out the recipe!
With this simple flavorful recipe, feast on succulent lamb ribs that are seasoned with a dry rub and slow smoked until tender. These grilled lamb ribs are served without any sauce to highlight the balance of the slightly gamey meat and the herb scented dry rub. A squeeze of lemon never hurts though.
Perfect your competition ribs with these simple tips and a competition rib recipe. Trimmed ribs are seasoned with a flavorful BBQ dry rub before being smoked for several hours. Wrapping the ribs with butter and other ingredients ensure that they are moist, tender, and packed full of flavor for the competition judges.