Cooking spare pork ribs over charcoal
Question: How do you cook spare pork ribs on a charcoal grill?
Teresa, Cooking ribs on a charcoal grill can be touchy. Take about 3-4 lbs of charcoal and either put them to one side of the grill and light them, or use a charcoal chimney to heat them. You will have to add more coals as the cooking time goes on. Moist apple, cherry or pecan wood chips will give the smoke flavor. Maintain a hot temperature. If there is a temp gauge keep the grill at 275 degrees. While grill is getting hot, prepare the slab of ribs. First trim the diaphram flap off the belly side of the ribs. Then with a paper towel remove the silvery membrane from the belly side of the bone area. If you are cooking baby back ribs there will be no diaphram flap and the silvery membrane may not be there. After this preperation, season with 1/4 cup of Head Country All-Purpose Championship Seasoning on spare ribs and a little less than this for baby back ribs. When coals are ready place ribs bone side down on grill away from coals, also place heavy side closest to the coals. Cook this way for 3 hours. About every 20 minutes spray or brush with apple juice. You can turn the ribs end for end every other time you spray with the apple juice. After 3 hours take a double layer of aluminum foil, place ribs bone side down on foil and pour your favorite selection of Head Country BBQ sauce on the top side of ribs, and seal foil tightly. Refreshen coals and return ribs to grill. Cook this way for one more hour. After an hour remove the ribs from foil with tongs. Place the ribs over coals and baste with sauce again one each side of rack and glaze sauce on ribs for 3 minutes per side. Remove ribs from grill and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Hope this helps. Thanks, Paul Schatte