Grilled spare ribs are really easy to make especially with these great tricks also really quick!
If you love barbecue then this recipe is for you. Fall of the bone ribs are the best and you can have that every time. So are you ready to learn how to make the best spare ribs? Join me in the Bistro kitchen!
I love grilled spare ribs but only if they are ultra-soft and fall off the bone. No bigger disappointment then tough ribs.
You know the ones that are dry and hard ribs. It is really easy to prevent but you have to know how to do it.
And you do not have to put them on the grill all day.
Grilled spare ribs ingredients
To make this easy grilled spare ribs recipe you need less than 4 ingredients. Really? Really! Only 4 ingredients and a barbecue.
Make sure you get the following ingredients:
- Pork ribs
- Orange juice
- Sweet soy sauce
- Hot sauce
How to grill spare ribs
To make these bbq pork ribs start with removing the membrane from the backside of the ribs. You can use a piece of paper towel and grab the skin and pull it.
This is important as it will allow the ribs to marinate better. In the meanwhile heat up your BBQ and let it go up to 300F
Put a pot with water on the stove and bring to the boil. Add the ribs to the pot and boil for 20 minutes.
Drain the ribs and pad dry with a paper towel. Take a small bowl and add the soy sauce, then add the orange juice and stir before adding the hot sauce.
Then take a brush and baste the marinade on the meat side of the ribs. Put the ribs on the grill meat side up.
Close the grill top and baste the meat after 5 minutes. After another 10 minutes turn the ribs, let it grill for 5 minutes and brush the bone side.
If you use a charcoal grill put the ribs over indirect heat so they will not get burned.
Keep on turning every 5-10 minutes for the next 40 minutes and baste the ribs with marinade.
Take the pork ribs from the barbecue and cut up the ribs or serve the whole rack.
How to remove the membrane from pork ribs?
To remove the Membrane from your spare ribs you need to follow the next steps:
- Slide a dinner knife at one end of the rack under the membrane and over a bone
- Lift the membrane with the knife and loosen until it tears
- Then grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off
- It is possible the membrane may not come off in one whole piece that is no problem take it off in smaller pieces
How do you know when spare ribs are done?
The best way to determine your spare ribs are done is to check the temperature of the inside of the ribs.
When they are between 190 to 203°F, the collagens and fats have melted and the meat is tender and juicy.
When the meat is still very bouncy you know the meat has to stay on the bbq a while longer.
You can also check to see if one of the bones can be removed easily.
Why do you use orange juice in the marinade?
The orange juice contains acidity and to make the meat soft and tender you need a bit of acidity.
By adding orange juice or some lime juice you make the meat more tender than without.
Other ways to tenderize ribs
Instead of adding orange juice to your marinade you can also soak your spare ribs in vinegar.
Leave the ribs to soak the vinegar for 3-5 hours and put them in the fridge. Just like the orange juice vinegar contains acid which tenderizes the meat.
Do you need sugar in your spare ribs marinade?
If you like sweet soy ribs you can. In this recipe, I use sweet soy sauce that already contains sugar.
If you have regular soy sauce or want really sweet pork ribs you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar to your marinade and stir it through.
Do you cook ribs meat side up or down?
When grilled on the barbecue put the meat side up for about 90 percent of the time.
When you turn the ribs do not leave them longer then 5 minutes meat side done.
Turn your grill down when the ribs are grilled to fast and never grill over direct heat.
This will blacken the outside when the meat is not done yet
What to serve with BBQ pork ribs
You can serve your grilled spare ribs with a number of great side dishes. Take a look at some of these suggestions:
Have fun trying these delicious grilled spare ribs!
- 2 lb racks baby back pork ribs
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- ¼ cup sweet soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- Remove membrane from the backside of the ribs
- Heat up your BBQ and let it go up to 300℉
- Put a pot on the stove and bring to the boil. Add the ribs and boil for 20 minutes. Drain the ribs
- Take a bowl and add the soy sauce, then add the orange juice and stir before adding the hot sauce
- Baste the marinade with a brush on the meat side of the ribs
- Put the ribs on the grill meat side up
- Close the grill top and baste the meat after 5 minutes
- After another 10 minutes turn the ribs and let it grill for 5 minutes brush the bone side
- Keep on turning every 5-10 minutes for the next 40 minutes
- Take the pork ribs from the barbecue and cut up the ribs or serve the whole rack
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 871 Total Fat: 70g Saturated Fat: 21g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 31g Cholesterol: 238mg Sodium: 960mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 48g