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How to Cook Ribs

Recipes on How to Cook Ribs That All the Meat Lovers Swear By

Ribs are available in many varieties, and can be cooked in many ways. This article provides some rib recipes that you can try at home.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
There are many rib recipes that meat lovers swear by, because they are tasty and scrumptious, and taste especially good with barbecue sauce. Ribs of pork, lamb, and beef are very popular, and also relatively easy to cook. There are many cooking methods that can be used according to personal convenience and preference. The most popular among these are grilling, baking, smoking, and slow cooking.

All these methods of cooking become very easy once you get a hang of them. They come extremely handy for summer parties, barbecue outings, and backyard fiestas. There are three important things to remember--temperature, time, and tempering (seasoning).

Barbecue Ribs
There are a few things that you need to know before learning how to barbecue ribs. First, never leave marinated ribs in room temperature. Make sure that you keep them in a food-safe plastic bag, and/or any glassware or ceramic container, and store them in the refrigerator. Secondly, avoid using any metal containers, and also never use any thick marinades. Lastly, always baste them a few minutes before you start grilling them.

Ingredients
  • Beef back ribs - 5 lb slab
  • Green onions - 1 bunch
  • Honey - 1 tablespoon
  • Apple cider vinegar - 1 tablespoon
  • Ginger (ground) - ¾ tablespoon
  • Soy sauce - ⅓ cup
Procedure

Cut the meat into pieces, and keep it aside in a glass dish. Prepare the marinade by mixing the soy sauce, ground ginger, and apple cider vinegar, together. Coat the ribs evenly with this marinade and place them in the refrigerator overnight. Do not forget to turn them over to the other side, once. Prepare the grill (any coal or gas grill), and preheat it. Place the grill rack at least 4 inches away from the coal. Place the meat pieces on the rack, and grill them for at least 20 minutes on each side. Mix the honey with the remaining marinade, and brush it well on all sides of the meat. Grill each side for 10 minutes more, and serve by sprinkling the green onion sprigs on top.

Rib Eye Steak
Rib eye steak is the beef steak that is taken from the rib region, and sits just above the prime rib of the beef. It is a boneless cut that remains extremely tender even after being cooked. The bony rib cut is called rib steak. Among the many ways of cooking it, grilling is supposedly the best.

Ingredients
  • Rib eye steak - 2
  • Butter - 1 ounce
  • Olive oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Freshly ground black pepper - 1 teaspoon
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
Procedure

Heat a skillet, and add half of the butter and olive oil to it. Sprinkle the salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder on it, and leave it on the heat for 2 minutes. Place the steak pieces in it, and arrange them in such a way that the fatty edges of the beef are in the middle of the pan. Cook them for 2 minutes on each side, and remove them from the pan. Place the pieces on a warm plate, and let them rest for 5 minutes. Add ½ a quart of water in the same skillet, along with the remaining butter and the vinegar. Heat it for a few minutes, and pour it on top of the steak. You can also add some chopped onion and mushrooms to it.

Rib Roast in an Oven
This is a very popular dish for occasions and gatherings, and tastes better when cooked in the oven. Given below is one simple recipe on how to make it.

Ingredients
  • Rib roast
  • Freshly ground black pepper as per your requirement
  • Kosher salt to taste
Procedure

As rib roast is delectable in itself, it doesn't require much seasoning. Separate the meat from the ribs, so that you can have the boneless beef as well as the ribs. After removing the meat, place it lightly on the rib cradle and tie it with strings. Preheat the oven to 450 °C, and put the meat into the roasting pan (bone side down). Rub the ground black pepper and kosher salt on all its sides, and roast it for half an hour. Then, reduce the heat to around 325 °C, and let it cook further. There is a simple calculation for cooking rib roast--cook it for 13 minutes per pound. Use this formula while preparing this dish. After this is done, let it stand for 10 minutes before carving it. Untie the strings and cut the meat into pieces. You can also prepare some gravy to go with it.

Ribs in a Crock Pot
There are many people who believe that slow cooking is the best method to use. Baby back ribs are the perfect choice for people who love to try crock pot recipes. Also, it takes only 5 to 7 minutes to get the ingredients together.

Ingredients
  • Baby back ribs - 2 slabs
  • Onion (thinly sliced) - 1 large
  • Barbecue sauce - ¼ cup
  • Garlic powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Freshly ground black pepper - ½ teaspoon
  • Kosher salt to taste
Procedure

Place the baby back ribs on an aluminum foil or cookie sheet. Sprinkle the salt and freshly ground black pepper on all sides of the pieces. Cut them in the size you want. Then, broil them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Till that time, prepare the crock pot by using a crock pot lining. Prepare a layer of the onion slices and garlic powder, at the bottom of the pot. Place the broiled ribs on top of this layer, and drizzle the barbecue sauce over them. Cover the crock pot, and let the ribs cook on a medium heat for 8 to 10 hours.

Cooking ribs is not very difficult. Once you get the hang of it, there are also numerous pork and beef recipes that you can try.