How to Cook Ribs

  • There are many types of ribs, including beef short ribs, pork spareribs and pork baby back ribs (also called pork loin ribs).
  • Baby back ribs are less meaty than spareribs. Each slab typically weighs between 1-1/4 to 2-1/4 lb.
  • Beef short ribs have layers of fat and meat and are usually cooked slowly in the oven. 
  • Spareribs are somewhat meatier and come from the lower portion of the ribs and breastbone of a hog. Each slab ranges from 2 to 4 lb.
  • Ribs have a membrane on the bone side that should be removed before cooking for easy eating and to allow marinades to penetrate the meat.
  • When grilling ribs, keep your barbecue in tip-top shape.
  • Get ready for grilling season with these Essential BBQ Utensils.
  • Before cooking ribs, marinate them in KRAFT Dressing in the fridge for up to 24 hours to add delicious flavour and help tenderize them before cooking.
  • Before cooking ribs, rub them with a dry spice rub for a perfect way to add flavour to leaner ribs, such as baby back ribs.
  • When grilling ribs, think “low and slow!” Grill ribs slowly on medium heat to avoid burning and to help keep them tender.
  • When grilling ribs, plan on a cooking time of 1 hour to 1 hour 30 min., depending on the size and type of ribs used.
  • To speed up the cooking time when grilling ribs, simmer the ribs in boiling water for 20 min. before adding them to the barbecue. Then, brush ribs with your favourite KRAFT or BULL’S-EYE Barbecue Sauce and grill 10 to 15 min. or until sauce is caramelized, turning and brushing occasionally with additional sauce.
  • When grilling ribs, the indirect method of cooking is the best method to use. This means the ribs are not cooked directly over the heat source. If using a gas barbecue, turn on only one side of the barbecue. Or, if using a charcoal barbecue, push the charcoals to one side of the barbecue. The covered barbecue then acts like an oven.
  • For a complete step-by-step video on how to grill ribs, click here.
  • When cooking ribs in the oven, place ribs on rack of a broiler pan. Brush with KRAFT or BULL’S-EYE Barbecue Sauce, then bake at 350°F for 1 hour 15 min. or until ribs are done, turning and brushing occasionally with additional barbecue sauce.
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