Hey there, folks! Backyard Charlie here, and I'm fired up to talk about one of my all-time favorite things to grill: baby back ribs. These little beauties are perfect for the barbeque because they can handle heat like a champ, unlike some other types of ribs that need to be slow-cooked to perfection. So, let's get right to it with a step-by-step guide to grilling up some delicious baby back ribs.
First things first, let's talk about preparing the ribs. Get that membrane off the underside of the ribs, it can be a pain, but doing this allows the seasoning to really penetrate the rib meat. Now, this is really a matter of personal preference, some people like to go all out with a dry rub or some fancy seasoning, but others prefer to let the natural flavors of the meat shine through. Me? I'm somewhere in the middle. I like to keep it simple with a little salt, pepper, dried thyme, paprika and a touch of garlic powder. But hey, do what makes your taste buds happy! Just be sure to bring your ribs to room temperature before grilling (no more than an hour out of the fridge, though), and then let’s get them double wrapped in aluminum foil.
Next up, let's heat that grill! Preheat it to medium/high. Then, it's time to get those ribs on the grill. Place them bone-side down and let them cook for about 1 hour. You can pull them off and let them rest for 5-10 minutes in the foil while cranking the temp up on the grill to high and if you have wood chips, add them and get the smoke rolling. Now, be gentle as we get those ribs unwrapped - we don't want any meat falling off the bones! Let them cook on the meat side for another 15 minutes or so, until they're perfectly browned all over.
And there you have it, folks - my tried-and-true method for grilling up some mouthwatering baby back ribs. But don't take my word for it - fire up that grill and give it a try yourself. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!