Learning the basics of how to barbecue ribs is a huge step towards
making a lot of people happy for many years to come
The low and slow barbecue cooking method, typically around 225 degrees, seals in the juices
while slowly tenderizing and cooking the meat.
Where as boiling actually draws out the juices leaving the meat somewhat flavorless.
You can always wrap the ribs in foil for a short time during the cooking process.
This will lightly steam them making them more tender without loosing the flavor.
This is known in barbecue nation as the "Texas crutch"
If you are comparing your barbecue ribs to the ones at your favorite barbecue joint or what you have seen on DDD, you have to realize that most of these people have very expensive equipment
and or have spent a lot of time perfecting their craft and understanding there equipment.
When first learning how to barbecue ribs I would recommend going with baby back ribs or loin backs. They are already a fairly tender cut of meat and don't require as much low slow smoking to make them tender. As far as the rub you can go with one of the thousands of really cool BBQ rubs on the market. Or you can use my basic BBQ rub. What i would really recommend is making your own basic BBQ rub with a few of your favorite flavors and spices. Start of with some brown sugar for the sweet.
It also helps with a good looking crust or bark. Then add a few of your favorite flavors.
My go to spices are granulated garlic, paprika and oregano.
Start with a simple BBQ rub, with less spices, then after the cook think about what could be added.
If you start with too many ingredients, it will be difficult to figure out what you need more of or less of.
You might even try smoking some "dry ribs" (without sauce). Dry barbecue ribs (or dry rub BBQ ribs) are actually traditional in parts of the country. They are typically served with the sauce on the side.
This allows you to taste the ribs without the BBQ sauce. This way you can get a better idea of what the spices you are using taste taste like with the meat.Use some basic spices and a basic barbecue sauce, then work on the technique.
"Learn how to use your equipment!"
You will win over more people with grubb'n simple well cooked barbecue than you will with exotic barbecue that is dry or over cooked. Instead of trying new recipes all the time try working on one basic recipe to perfect it. You will be amazed at what you can learn from just one BBQ recipe.
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