Pork / Cook Pork Ribs
Rib recipes are the highly guarded secret of backyard and world
renowned chefs everywhere. The recipes you can find for pork ribs
are as widely varied as the areas they come from. Ribs in Louisiana
can be very different from ribs in Virginia but all in all they
are all excellent if you prepare and cook your pork ribs correctly.
Purchasing a quality rack of ribs is very important no matter
how you decide to prepare and cook your ribs.
After acquiring a quality rack of ribs wash and blot dry with
a paper towel. With a knife and some brut force, pull off the membrane on the back
of the rack. This is how you do it; Cut the edge of the membrane
to get it started and use your fingers and a damp kitchen towel
to get a secure grip and remove.
Rack of ribs reporting for duty.
BBQ Rib Rubs
Rubs, wet rubs and dry rubs, are used to initially season pork
ribs. Knox's Chipotle BBQ dry
rub is recommended for ribs for obvious reasons. A BBQ rib rub
can be simple as salt and pepper or complex secret recipes that
have been handed down from generation to generation. Knox's dry
rubs are family recipes created exactly as we use them in our
homes, No preservatives, additives or anti-clotting agents. It
is also worth mentioning that our dry rub has a low salt ratio
and what little salt we use is flaked sea salt and excellent on
Sprinkle BBQ rub on ribs
Rub into surface
Fully rubbed ribs
If you add olive oil to a dry rub you will have a wet rub. Some
people prefer one over the other but depending on your mood both
are excellent. Dry rubs are applied to pork ribs before cooking.
You can apply the rub just before grilling or hours earlier letting
the pork ribs sit in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook
You may also use citrus juice (orange or lime) to make wet rubs
for your pork ribs. This is also excellent on chicken.
A mop is a sauce used to flavor and retain moisture in the ribs
as they slowly cook. A special tool called a mop is used to apply
the mop sauce while cooking. A brush can be used but with a gentle
touch. You want to apply the mop sauce not push it around. Mops
are applied to pork ribs while they are cooking. Usually every
20 minutes or so after the first 1/2 hour. BBQ cooking at higher temperatures should be mopped near the end of the cook time to prevent burning.
Half mopped oven baked ribs.
BBQ mop recipes
1 Cup tomato paste
1 cup Chicken Stock
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 medium onion, chopped small
2 garlic cloves crushed and chopped
1 Tablespoon yellow Mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Knox's BBQ dry
Heat ingredients in a saucepan until warm and well blended.
Smoking Pork Ribs
Pork ribs in our opinion are best when smoked. In a smoker heated
to 225 degrees F., place rubbed or seasoned pork ribs meat side
up. Smoke for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours (sometimes longer) mopping
as directed above. Wrap the ribs in foil for the last hour. This will retain the moisture in the ribs and make them more succulent. Allow to rest foiled for 15 minutes or so. Pork ribs will fall off the bone and be moist
and tasty if attention and care if given while smoking.
Some mistake that are made when cooking ribs would be to use of briquettes instead of lump or chunk natural charcoal. Briquettes have other ingredients, sometimes glue, that impart undesirable flavor into grilled and barbecued meat. We always recommend a hardwood lump charcoal. Also using to many soaked wood chips. The use of a quality lump charcoal will impart a nice smoky flavor. If you feel additional smoke is required we would not recommend using more than a large handful of soaked chips about half way through the cooking process.
Baking Pork Ribs
You can also bake pork ribs in you oven in almost the same fashion
as described above. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees F. place
rubbed or seasoned pork ribs, meat side up. on a baking rack in
a baking pan with 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. Bake for 2
1/2 hours. Brush on mop sauce and continue baking until done mopping
every 20 minutes. You can foil for the last hour or 40 minutes to hold in moisture. Allow to rest foiled for 15 minutes or so.
Whether you decide to smoke or bake your pork ribs you should
let them rest before serving to allow the temperature and moisture
to distribute evenly. Serve with cold beer and a lot of napkins.
Boiling Pork Ribs
Although I have seen recipes where individuals boil pork ribs
before cooking, this is not recommended. When you boil pork ribs
you are cooking them and then browning them in the oven or on
the grill. They will never be as tender and tasty as when you
slow smoke, grill or bake them following the basic preparations
on this page.