This simple recipe is best with its cousin, Quick BBQ sauce. Both are designed to be as straightforward and stress-free as possible while still delivering the lip-smacking satisfaction only ribs can provide.
The recipe is simple enough to allow you to concentrate on other dishes for your barbecue, but develops flavours complex enough to make the ribs your meal’s centrepiece. Trust the Classic BBQ blend to impart just the right flavours.
Remove the fatty membrane on the back of the ribs, or at least score with a knife to allow the tough membrane to loosen during cooking.
After the coals are lit, move them to one side of the grill to create a hot zone and a cool zone. If you’re using a gas grill, only turn on the flame on one side.
Mix salt and spice blend in a bowl, then rub generously over the ribs. Don’t be shy with it.
Place the ribs in a large roasting pan, fatty side down, over the cool side of the grill (the temperature should be around 300 F). Make sure there is enough room between each slab of ribs for the air to circulate. Cover the barbecue and cook for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the ribs are well browned.
Check the ribs occasionally and rotate the pan to move the ribs from the hotter side of the grill to the cooler side if necessary. Try to flip them as infrequently as possible.
When the meat is thoroughly brown and starting to crisp, remove from the grill and baste with the BBQ sauce. Be sure to cover all sides with sauce. Return the ribs to the cool side of the grill and cook for another hour. You may need to add new coals at this point.
For the final 15 minutes, you may want to rotate the grill to put the roasting pan over the hot side for a darker more caramelized sauce. Watch them closely at this point so they don’t burn.
Remove the ribs from the grill and serve hot.
This recipe works very well in the oven. Roast the spice-rubbed ribs for 1 ½ hours at 275º F, flipping once. Remove from the oven, baste with sauce, and return to oven for another hour. Increase temperature to 325 F and roast for another 30 minutes or so, checking occasionally.