I am so not a “griller” by any stretch of the imagination, but this week ribs were on sale for a steal, so I had to grab some and try it out.
I found this great recipe for a dry rub on the grill and it turned out amazing!
Now I wish I had taken this picture, but I didn’t (thanks google!). My pictures didn’t turn out as well, but the final product looked as good if not better than this pix! Maybe not the healthiest dish, but we paired it with an assortment of fresh fruits and veggies, so it wasn’t too bad! (I easily stayed under my calorie goals.)
Want to try?
2 racks of beef ribs
3 T sweet paprika
2 t hot red pepper flakes (I halved this since I do not like HOT)
2 t mustard seeds
3 t coarse salt
2 t black pepper
2 T brown sugar
1 t celery salt
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t dried oregano
1 t cumin
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1. Rinse ribs and pat dry. Combine the paprika, hot pepper flakes, mustard seeds, 2 t salt, pepper, brown sugar, celery salt, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano and cumin in a small bowl or spice shaker. Set aside 2 T for the mop sauce. Sprinkle about 1 T of the rub on the meat side and 1/2 T on the bones side of each rack of ribs, rubbing the spices on with your fingers. Let the ribs sit for 30 minutes while you make the vinegar mop and preheat the grill.
2. Combine the vinegar and remaining 1 t salt with the 2 T reserved rub in a small bowl and stir until the salt is dissolved.
3. Set up the grill for indirect grilling (important) and preheat to medium (325-350 degrees).
4. Place the ribs in the center of the hot grate away from the coals (or flame) and cover the grill. Cook for 1.5 to 2 hours. When the ribs are cooked, they will be mahogany brown and tender enough to pull apart with your fingers; the meat will have shrunk back from the ends of the bones.
5. Transfer the ribs to a clean curring board. mop on both sides with mop sauce and sprinkle with the remaining rub. Cut and serve!
I was so hesitant with the vinegar mop sauce (it was VERY vinegary!) and used it very sparingly. Next time, I’ll not hold back. It was totally scumptious! The kids were surprised that they liked it too! (The neighbor’s dog is a happy camper with the bones!)