BBQ Country Pork Ribs

I’ve been watching a lot of the show BBQ Pitmasters lately, which has had me craving some yummy pork ribs.

The downside to this is twofold: One: a rack of ribs is too big for just me and Thomas.  Two: I do not own a smoker.

The solution was easy–use country pork ribs instead (bone-in) and set up my charcoal grill like a smoker.  It’s a lot easier than you’d think.  To set up the grill, you will need to light your charcoal and then dump it on only one side of the grill. If you have a smoker box and wood chips, add that too.  I used a mix of hickory and apple woods which was wonderful.  Then you put the meat on the side of the grill without coals and put the lid on with the vents open over the meat.  Having the vents like this will cause the smoke from the coals and wood to draw across the grill and over your meat.  It’s that easy.  If your fire starts to die down (I’ve done this twice and never had this happen) you can open the hinged part of the grill grate and add a few more lumps of charcoal.

This is the set up. That metal box is the smoker box (from Sur La Table).  It is VERY important to make sure that the bottom vents are open and that the vent on the cover is open and over the cool side.

This is the set up. That metal box is the smoker box (from Sur La Table). It is VERY important to make sure that the bottom vents are open and that the vent on the cover is open and over the cool side.

Since I had never cooked country ribs on the grill like this, I did some searching for the timing recommended.  The first thing that came up was a recipe from “Simply Recipes” and I followed it.  Don’t do that. While my ribs ended up tasting pretty good they were WAY overcooked, to the point that I joked about throwing it back on the grill and just making jerky (if that’s how jerky is made). The recipe that follows will give you great flavor and I have adjusted the times to what I think is more appropriate for pork ribs of the size you will find in the average grocery store. This recipe has minimal ingredients and steps but produces very flavorful results, especially if you are also using wood chips to add flavor.

BBQ Country Style Pork Ribs 

  • 1 package of bone-in country style ribs
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce (I highly recommend Stubbs! It is the perfect tangy yet slightly sweet sauce.)

    My dad actually thinks this is too tangy--it's not for sweet sauce lovers.  But my mom, the husband and I all love it.

    My dad actually thinks this is too tangy–it’s not for sweet sauce lovers. But my mom, the husband and I all love it.

  • Salt and Pepper

Steps:

  1. Set up your grill as described above. While the charcoal is lighting, prepare the ribs.  Heavily season them with salt and pepper
  2. Once grill is set up, oil your grill grate and place the ribs on. Close the cover and let them sit untouched for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Flip your ribs and brush some sauce on. Replace the cover and wait about 5 minutes.  Then flip and sauce again.  Keep doing this until the meat is tender and beginning to fall away from the bone.
  4. That’s it! These go great with my recipe for potato salad.

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Categories: Meat, Recipes, Techniques

Author:apointgourmet

A former English teacher living in Stuttgart, Germany who finds some sanity and peace through cooking.

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