Preheat grill for high heat.
In a small jar, combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Close the lid and shake to mix.
Trim the membrane sheath from the back of each rack of ribs. Run a small, sharp knife between the membrane of each rib and snip off the membrane as much as possible. Sprinkle as much of the rub onto both sides of the ribs as desired. To prevent the ribs from becoming too dark and spicy, do not thoroughly rub the spices into the ribs. Store the unused portion of the spice mix for future use.
Place aluminum foil on lower rack to capture drippings and prevent flare-ups. Lightly oil grate, and lay ribs on top rack of grill. Reduce heat to low, close lid, and leave undisturbed for 1 hour. Do not lift lid at all.
Brush ribs with barbecue sauce, and grill an additional 5 minutes. Serve ribs as whole rack or cut between each rib bone and pile individually on a platter.
|Time:||20 Minutes Preparation Time|
60-65 Minutes Cooking Time
By LRP from LWL, MA
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An easy way to remove the membrane from the back of a rib rack is to get it started using a paring knife, then grab with a paper towel and rip it off the whole slab.
Is anyone willing to share their recipe and technique for making baby back ribs? I have had no luck with them. Thank you!
By pamsfriskd from Wichita, KS
They fall apart and taste great! (06/17/2009)
You can season it and allow it to marinate in the seasoning for a little while if you want to, or use a rub, but I never use any seasoning on my meats--not even salt--because the hickory wood does the seasoning for you. Also remember that salt will toughen the meat. Once the meat is in the smoker, close the lid and watch the temperature gauge. You want the temperature to be at about 260 degrees F. If it doesn't get there in a reasonable amount of time, adjust the air to the firebox so the coals will get hotter. Or if it is too hot, adjust the air on smokestack. Do the adjusting just a little bit at a time--say 1/2 inch or less at a time. Using this method you don't even have to turn the meat over. It's been so long since I did baby back ribs (expensive) that I don't remember exactly how long to smoke them before they are done--but a full rack of ribs usually takes a couple of hours, give or take.
Anyway, usually the meat is done when the meat has shrunk away from the end of the rib a little. You can also test it by poking a thick part with a meat fork and then pressing near the punctures. If the juice runs out clear then your meat is done. The safest way to check for doneness though, is to use a meat thermometer. Poke it in the thickest part of the meat near the bone and if it reads 160 degrees F then it is done.
Also, after ribs are about 3/4 done, you can brush on your favorite bar-b-que sauce, but I've found that sometimes even this will make the meat tough. Anymore, I just offer bar-b-que sauce at the table because some of my family prefer just the taste of the smoked meat. Also, when there is a big meat sale, I buy and smoke meat to my heart's content. I freeze a lot of it to reheat (wrap well in heavy-duty aluminum foil) and use during the long and windy Oklahoma winter or on days that I'm just not up to cooking supper. Hope this helps! (06/23/2009)
By Juanita S.
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