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Piginapit 03-31-2013 11:46 AM

to gas or not to gas...
Need some advice here...Im up in VA with the in-laws who only have a gas grill. :doh: My mother in-law presented me this morning with 5 racks of ribs to be cooked tonight. Short of me driving into town and buying a Weber I need some advice on cooking these bad boys...and yes I did think about digging a trench and cooking them over wood coals but is pouring down raining...she wanted to put them in the oven...I started packing

Ive never cooked ribs on a gasser as a matter of fact I gave my gasser away like 7 years ago but this is what I'm thinking...since I wont be able to smoke them I'm up to any suggestions

-going to cut the racks in half to fit them all on one side of the grill..
-dry rub now
-around 2:30 light the grill and cook to set the rub
-cook them a bit and then foil with some honey and apple juice
-cook for about two hours or so then remove from the foil and cook till done and sauce them

Ive grilled ribs just straight over the fire before but that was a dry rub rib...they are requesting bbq ribs...doing the best I can here


Ron_L 03-31-2013 11:48 AM

Does the gasser have multiple burners with individual controls? If so, light only one burner and put the ribs on the opposite side of the grill. Try to keep the temp down, but whatever temp it settles in at is good. I prefer 270-ish regardless of the cooker.

If you have wood chips put some in some foil and poke a few holes in the top of the foil with a toothpick and place that near the burner to get some smoke flavor.

flyingbassman5 03-31-2013 11:51 AM

Do what you thought of and set up an indirect cook. All ribs one side, burner lit on the other. If you have a way to check cooking temp, try to get around the 275 mark. Also, if you have wood chips handy, wrap a couple handfuls in a foil pouch. Poke some holes in it and put it on over the lit burner when the ribs go one. I wouldn't worry too much about foiling the ribs with anything fancy. Just get the ribs done and try to get a little smoke on them. If you want to try to add more "bbq" flavor, wrap the ribs with a splash of bbq sauce for 30 to 45 minutes.

Hope that gives you something to start with. Good luck! :thumb:

Edit: Seems like Ron the Mod beat me to it! :icon_smile_tongue:

Piginapit 03-31-2013 11:52 AM

yes its a good sized gasser with several controls..I plan on cooking indirectly as much as I can...didnt even think about the wood in the foil..headed to the wood shed now to chip up some Virginia Oak! THANKS!!!

Neonnblack 03-31-2013 11:55 AM

Dont forget to boil them first!

Piginapit 03-31-2013 12:04 PM

I think she took offense when she mentioned oven cooking them and I asked if there was any deli meat left in the fridge...

Bludawg 03-31-2013 12:06 PM

Dry rub ribs aint BBQ? WHOA HOSS! Re think that one, there are some folks in Memphis that would git a rope they hear you talking like that. Since you have dismissed it as not BBQ I have no help for you. Get out the crock pot and the Kraft original Mmmm BBQ!

Gore 03-31-2013 12:31 PM

Oh yeah! :whoo:

Don't forget the Guinness!

BBQ Bandit 03-31-2013 12:43 PM

Alton Brown shows a great segment on BBQ - using charcoal, electric, AND gas grills.
The gas grill starts at the 23:00 mark.

Smoking Terrapin 03-31-2013 12:43 PM

Ok, I just gave away our gas grill, so take all of this for what it's worth, but this is a MacGuyver sort of time and I'm keeping you from a trip to town or using the oven.

If you set them up for indirect and have a foil pan, you can do this. Hopefully you still have access to wood chunks that you can put in the foil pan with water over the heat. If you don't have any sort of chunks, soaked tea bags in a aluminum foil pack (few slits in the top to let out the smoke) could also do the trick.

Piginapit 03-31-2013 12:54 PM

I guess I should have clarified, those "Memphis Style ribs" were also cooked on a gasser which in the big book of Q isnt bbq...Smoked ribs with a dry rub with a little vinegar and rub mob is some of the best ribs Ive ever eaten...they want "wet" ribs tonight

Piginapit 03-31-2013 12:55 PM

I found some oak and chipped it up to put in the foil...wet them down good or leave them dry or both?

Goddahavit 03-31-2013 01:03 PM

flame me if you want but I see nothing wrong with grilling direct or indirect until you like the color then foil and into the oven to tenderize then back on the gasser to finish and caramelize the sauce.

Ron_L 03-31-2013 01:06 PM

I'm not a fan of soaking chips. The smolder and give off dirty smoke.

Piginapit 03-31-2013 01:10 PM

Thanks all! will post pron if great success is met

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