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GAS GRILL-SMOKED RIBS

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5 h 35 min

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2,024,572 views  This week on Basics, I'm showing you how you can smoke ribs on a gas grill.

6 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Ribs:

For the Ribs:

racks of baby back ribs

2 racks of baby back ribs

For the Dry Rub

For the Dry Rub

sweet paprika

½ cup sweet paprika

smoked paprika

1 tbsp smoked paprika

dark brown sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

chili powder

2 tbsp chili powder

ground ginger

1 tbsp ground ginger

garlic powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

onion powder

1 tbsp onion powder

dried sage (optional)

1 tsp dried sage (optional)

dried oregano (optional)

1 tsp dried oregano (optional)

ground mustard seed (optional)

1 tsp ground mustard seed (optional)

ground cayenne (optional)

1 tsp ground cayenne (optional)

freshly ground pepper

1 tbsp freshly ground pepper

kosher salt

1 tbsp kosher salt

For the Smoking

For the Smoking

Hickory wood chips (or wood chips of choice)

Hickory wood chips (or wood chips of choice)

Aluminum foil

Aluminum foil

For the Homemade BBQ Sauce

ketchup

14 oz ketchup

Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

yellow mustard

2 tbsp yellow mustard

Hot sauce, to taste

Hot sauce, to taste

small garlic cloves, grated

2 small garlic cloves, grated

red onion, grated

0.25 red onion, grated

dark brown sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

Dry rub aside from recipe above

set Dry rub aside from recipe above

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Dry Rub

1.

Into a larger bowl goes sweet paprika, smoked paprika, dark brown sugar, chili powder, ground ginger, garlic powder, onion powder. Add dried sage, dried oregano, ground mustard seed, and ground cayenne with ground pepper and kosher salt.

sweet paprika

½ cup sweet paprika

smoked paprika

1 tbsp smoked paprika

dark brown sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

chili powder

2 tbsp chili powder

ground ginger

1 tbsp ground ginger

garlic powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

onion powder

1 tbsp onion powder

dried sage (optional)

1 tsp dried sage (optional)

dried oregano (optional)

1 tsp dried oregano (optional)

ground mustard seed (optional)

1 tsp ground mustard seed (optional)

ground cayenne (optional)

1 tsp ground cayenne (optional)

freshly ground pepper

1 tbsp freshly ground pepper

kosher salt

1 tbsp kosher salt

2.

Mix together until homogenous and give it a taste. Adjust as necessary to your desired taste.

3.

For the Rib Preparation and Seasoning

1.

Start by removing the thin piece of membrane on the back of the rib rack. This is best done by finding the edge of the membrane using a paring knife, then use a paper towel to grip and peeling it off in one motion.

racks of baby back ribs

2 racks of baby back ribs

2.

Set aside about a cup of dry rub. Then generously sprinkle the dry rub over every square inch of the ribs, making sure to cover all sides. Pat and rub down to make sure everything is well covered.

3.

Once every inch of the ribs is covered in dry rub, let the ribs sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

4.

For the Gas Grill Smoking

1.

Start by cutting a length of aluminum foil to make a wood chip packet. On one side place a pile of a few handfuls of wood chips. Fold the foil onto itself and crimping the edges to make a packet. **Make 3-4 of these ahead of time to switch out later**

Aluminum foil

Aluminum foil

Hickory wood chips (or wood chips of choice)

Hickory wood chips (or wood chips of choice)

2.

Once the foil is folded and crimped, cut 4-5 vents into the top of the foil so smoke can escape. Place directly on the heat plates of the grill (on the far right side), as close to the heat source as possible. Place 2 disposable aluminum trays on the grill grates right over the wood chips. Fill each tray halfway with tap water. You can also can use apple juice or beer - this is to create steam.

3.

Remove any warming/bun racks from the grill. Turn the right side burners to high heat, and wait until smoking ensues, at which point turn the heat down to medium to maintain grill temperature between 225°F - 275°F.

4.

Once the smoke has turned from white to blue or calmed down a bit, place the ribs (cut into pieces) vertically on a rib rack or flat on the grill on the left side and as far away from the heat as possible without touching the wall of the grill. Make sure they’re perpendicular to the heat so that they get even exposure.

5.

Close the lid and try not to open it! Make slight adjustments as necessary to maintain that grill temperature of 225°F - 275°F. Check every 10-15 minutes making sure the temperature is in that range.

6.

After 1 hour, the smoke will have decreased. At this point, rotate the wood packet 90 degrees and let the ribs smoke for 30 more minutes. Then, replace that wood chip packet with a fresh one. Close the lid and turn the heat to high until thick white smoke develops. Turn the heat to medium. If the smoke is still thick, continue to lower the temperature until a light blue smoke begins to appear.

7.

Once the blue smoke has developed, maintain the grill temperature, replacing the wood packet and water pans as necessary over the next 4-6 hours. Rotate the ribs 180 degrees every 90 minutes or so to make sure they get even exposure.

8.

At the 5 hour mark, the ribs should hit 225°F at the thickest point. When stretched the meat should slightly separate and the bones to feel a little loose.

9.

Remove the ribs from the rib rack and place directly onto the grill, still on the cool side. Then generously brush the ribs with the homemade BBQ sauce.

For the Homemade BBQ Sauce

10.

Close the grill and turn the heat up to high until the temperature of the grill reaches 450°F.

11.

Once the BBQ layer is soft and sticky, but not hardened, remove from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes before brushing down with BBQ sauce one more time before biting into it.

12.

For the BBQ Sauce

1.

Into a bowl goes ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, a few squeezes or dashes of your desired hot sauce, grated small cloves of garlic, red onion grated, dark brown sugar and a few generous dashes of the dry rub (that you set aside earlier) then whisk together.

ketchup

14 oz ketchup

Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

yellow mustard

2 tbsp yellow mustard

Hot sauce, to taste

Hot sauce, to taste

small garlic cloves, grated

2 small garlic cloves, grated

red onion, grated

0.25 red onion, grated

dark brown sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

Dry rub aside from recipe above

set Dry rub aside from recipe above

2.

Taste for seasoning. If it’s too sour add a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses and for more spice add an extra dash of dry rub then whisk together.

3.

Place over medium-low heat in a saucepan for 10 minutes.

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