In this post I hope to show you how to grill beef ribs. Beef ribs are meatier than pork ribs and have to be cooked very slowly and for a long time or they will be tough.
We are going to prepare these ribs in layers. First we will rub them with a dry rub. Then we will slather them in a paste made from re-hydrated Mexican chilies. And finally we will finish them off with a homemade apple juice bbq sauce.
If you can not get Mexican chilies go ahead and make the dry rub and cook them only with that. You might want to add a little but of ground chili to your rub. If you prefer to use a store bought bbq sauce, that is cool too! No worries. Simply follow the steps on how to grill beef ribs and you will end up with tender and delicious, fall from the bone beef ribs.
This is how you grill perfectly moist and scrumptious beef ribs:
Serves eight to ten
2 beefy racks of ribs
2 pasilla chilies
2 California chilies
4 arbol chilies
3 TBS salt + 1 tsp. for the chilies
2 TBS cumin
1 TBS black pepper
4 garlic cloves
BBQ sauce of your choice – I used my home made apple juice one
Place the dry chilies in a skillet and turn on the heat. Press the chilies on the hot skillet and allow them to char and blister a bit. Move them to a bowl and cover them with boiling water. Weigh them down with a small plate and allow the to re-hydrate for about 20 to 30 minutes. Once hydrated, stem and seed the chilies. Place them in a blender with 4 garlic cloves and 1 tsp. salt. Blend until you have a smooth paste, adding a little of the soaking water if necessary.
Remove the fascia from the back of your ribs by sliding a small knife under it to separate it from the bone and pulling on it to tear it away. Rinse the ribs and place them in a pan.
Mix together the remaining salt, pepper and cumin. Sprinkle the rub on both sides of the racks and rub it in with your fingers. Smear the ribs with your chili paste.
Heat your grill. If you have a gas grill, turn off half of the burners once it is hot. If you have a charcoal grill, pile the hot coals to one side – using a metal tool. Place the ribs, bone side down on the lit side and sear them. Once seared, move them to the unlit part of the grill. Cover the grill and cook the ribs in indirect heat for a good 2 hours.
Slather the ribs with BBQ sauce and allow them to cook for another 30 to 45 minutes. The longer they cook the more tender they will be. Remove the ribs from the grill and serve. Enjoy!