Cooking ribs wrapped in foil on a gas grill may be unconventional for some, but it is one of the most convenient ways for a person to get ribs faster and easier. While it is relatively easy to cook ribs on a gas grill than on the oven, there are still some steps than needed to be focused on when trying the said method. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to cook ribs in foil on a gas grill.
Before we get into the steps on how to cook the ribs, we first talk about the ingredients needed for this delicious dish. Here are the ingredients:
- 2 racks of baby back ribs
- 1 cup of your preferred barbecue sauce
- 1 pack of hickory wood chips (must be soaked in water for 30 minutes before using)
- Sheets of 18×24-inch aluminum foil
- 2 teaspoons of powdered garclic
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- 2 teaspoons of dried thyme
- salt and pepper
You can add more ingredients to the rub based on your taste, so you can add chili pepper flakes if you want to it be spicy or you can brown sugar for a sweeter flavor for the ribs.
Preparing the Ingredients
The first thing you need to do in preparation of cooking the ribs is to set up the grill for direct cooking on 350 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, which is supposed to be medium heat for most gas grills. After preparing the grill, you can start mixing the ingredients for the rub is a small bowl. You can add as much salt and pepper as you want according to your preference.
Then, you can get the two racks of ribs and prepare to remove their membrane, a piece of near-transparent tissue that is attached to the back of the rubs. You can remove the membrane by using a membrane-removing tool, or you can remove them by hand. Be sure that there aren’t any small parts of the membrane that is still attached to the ribs. Once you’ve removed the membrane for each rack, you would then have to cut the racks crosswise in order to make two smaller racks. By cutting them into smaller parts, it would be easier for you to cook the ribs.
The next step would be to apply the rub to the ribs, which can be done by hand. You can season the ribs with the rub by applying a sufficient amount of rub on your hands and massaging the ribs until it is perfectly season. Make sure that you have also applied the rub on narrow spaces and corners of the ribs for better flavor once it is cooked. After seasoning the ribs, wrap each rack with at least two 18×24 aluminum foil sheets. Don’t wrap the ribs with too many aluminum foil sheets because it may not cook properly. Wrap the ribs well without breaking or tearing the sheets.
Cooking the Ribs
Use a brush to dust off any ash or dirt situated on the grates of the grill. Then, you can place the ribs on the grill and turn it on to medium heat. Close the lid and cook the ribs for about one hour while opening the lid every now and then to turn the ribs over and cook it evenly.
After one hour, remove the ribs from the grill and place it on a cutting board. Let it rest for eight to ten minutes, and then remove the foil wraps from the ribs while also taking away the rendered fat swimming on the aluminum foil sheets.
Then, get the soaked chips of hickory wood and place them inside a smoker box and onto the grill. If you have a hybrid grill, like the one seen on My Grill World that has a charcoal box, you can just mix the hickory wood chips with the burnt charcoal. Once you see smoke rising out of the smoker box, place the ribs back to the grill, close the lid, and wait for 10 to 12 minutes before removing the ribs from the grill. Be sure to apply BBQ sauce on the ribs every now and then to add extra flavor to the meat.
Remove the ribs from the grill after 10 to 12 minutes and let it rest for four to five minutes. Then, proceed to cut the ribs into several parts depending on how many bones are there. Afterward, place the ribs on a serving platter and serve it with your preferred BBQ sauce.
So, that is the step-by-step guide on how to cook ribs wrapped in foil on a gas grill easily. You can add several steps and processes to the cooking method to add your personal touch to the recipe, as cooking the ribs on the gas grill is customizable. If you want to stick to the common method of cooking the ribs on a grill, you can just follow the steps above without adding anything.