Secret Aardvark Smoky Chipotle BBQ Ribs
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: Up to 5 Hours
Ribs? Yes, please! Did we mention that to cook this “recipe,” literally all you have to do (besides employ a little patience while things cook low and slow) is baste your ribs down with some of our Smoky Chipotle-Hab Sauce?
Two racks of pork ribs (baby back or spare ribs)
BBQ rub (store-bought or homemade)
Salt and pepper to taste
Wood chips for smoking (optional)
Prepare Your Ribs:
If using spare ribs, remove the membrane from the bone side of the ribs by lifting a corner with a knife or your fingers and then pulling it off. This will help the flavors penetrate the meat better.
Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Season them generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
Apply Smoky Aardvark Chipotle Hab Sauce to both sides of the ribs, ensuring even coverage. Let the ribs sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate.
Prepare Your Grill:
Preheat your grill to indirect heat, aiming for a temperature of around 225-250°F (107-121°C). If using a gas grill, light only one side of the grill. If using a charcoal grill, place the lit charcoal on one side and leave the other side empty.
If you want to add a smoky flavor to your ribs, soak wood chips in water for about 30 minutes, then place them directly on the charcoal or in a smoker box for gas grills.
Cooking the Ribs:
Place the ribs bone-side down on the cooler side of the grill, away from the direct heat source.
Close the grill lid and let the ribs cook slowly for approximately 3 hours. Maintain the temperature around 225-250°F (107-121°C) throughout the cooking process.
After the first hour, you can optionally spritz the ribs with apple juice or a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water every 30 minutes. This helps keep the ribs moist and enhances the flavors.
Wrapping the Ribs (optional):
After 3 hours, remove the ribs from the grill. Lay out two sheets of aluminum foil per rack, slightly overlapping.
Place each rack bone-side on the foil and tightly wrap it, creating a sealed packet.
Return the wrapped ribs to the grill and cook for an additional 1 to 1.5 hours. This step helps tenderize the meat and intensifies the flavors.
Finishing the Ribs:
Carefully unwrap the ribs from the foil and discard the foil.
Brush both sides of the ribs generously with BBQ sauce. Return them to the grill, bone-side down, for about 15 minutes. This allows the sauce to caramelize and create a nice glaze.
Flip the ribs, brush the other side with sauce, and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.