How is cooking beef ribs this easy, and so good at the same time? Learn from the best, and give this a try at home!
- 1 Remove the ribs from the package and rinse well under cold water. Shake off most of the water, then pat each slab dry with paper towels. Remove the membrane from the back side (bone side) of each slab. Use a butter knife to get underneath the membrane, and a paper towel to grab it and pull it off. Bonus points if it comes off in one piece!
- 2 Combine the BBQ rubs & spices you will use in a small bowl. The ones we used are listed above, but you can use your own mix. Make sure to get the spices into every nook and cranny. Leave the ribs at room temperature, allowing them to sweat through the rub. While the ribs are marinating, start your cooker of choice and prepare for cooking over indirect heat. For these racks, we will be cooking at about 275°F
- 3 When the cooker is ready, move the ribs to an indirect rack, with the bone side facing down. Cook for 2 hours
- 4 In the meantime, grab a small mixing bowl and combine the remaining rub with a cup of your choice of beer.
- 5 Lay down two double-layers of heavy-duty foil (one for each rack). Once the ribs have cooked for 2 hours, get them off the cooker and onto the foil. Then fold up the edges to form a "boat". Pour half of the beer/rub mixture into each foil boat, then roll the long edge and fold the short edges over to form a tight packet. Important: be careful that the bones don't puncture the foil while wrapping, or the liquid will escape and make a mess.
- 6 Place the packets back on the cooker, over indirect heat again, and cook for one hour. The foil will stop moisture from escaping, and the meat will absorb the beer, making these beef ribs juicy and tender. After one hour has passed, get the packets off the cooker. Slightly open them at the top, so steam can escape - watch out for steam burns, that thing is HOT!
- 7 Let the ribs rest like this for about 15-20 minutes. When the ribs are done resting, get them out of the foil and into a large sheet pan. Combine the juice from one of the packets with 1 cup of BBQ sauce in a medium mixing bowl, then coat each side of both slabs liberally with the resulting mixture. Place the ribs back on the cooker, over indirect heat, and cook for a final 15 minutes to set the glaze
- 8 Serve the ribs right off the cooker, with the remaining sauce on the side!
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