Do you love to eat until your stomach hurts? How about a holiday when you get together with your family and friends and there is only food and more food on the table? And while we occasionally eat white meat here and there, the more fun is in devouring a juicy beef steak or a hamburger filled with succulent meat. Should we stop? Are you having water in your mouth? This is just the beginning.
Because of our hectic life, we rarely get time to think beyond a microwave meal or a piping hot mac n cheese. But, food gurus have been telling us since the beginning of time that the real taste lies in the meat. And the red meat is perhaps the best of all.
Smoked back ribs are one of the most popular American meals. Coupled it with a handful of fries and a chilled bottle of beer, you have got the heaven on earth. In this article, we will talk about how you can cook perfect baby back ribs on PitBoss pellet grill.
Why Choose a Pit Boss Pellet Grill
You might be wondering why we have chosen the PitBoss pellet grill for our smoked ribs and why we can’t use a normal gas grill to carry out our cooking expedition. This question might have had some standing a few years back when the pellet grills were new in the market. But, now, after the entry of so many notable brands, the question of who is better has disappeared. But, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest, let us tell you why, according to us, a pellet grill – PitBoss – is better than a conventional gas grill.
When it comes to steak, it is all about the flavor. With a pellet grill, you get the opportunity to grill your food with the natural aroma of hardwood pellets produced when they are lit. This distinct aroma adds flavor to your food. PitBoss uses a variety of food-grade hardwood pallets that, when lit, give off a distinct aroma. Now, compare this to the food prepared on using propane gas. Obviously, there is no such thing as scented propane gas and there is no way that you can get distinct flavors on your steak while using propane gas.
The reason why many people don’t use grill at home is that they can’t commit to spending long hours in cooking. And most of the time, since the cook has to check on the meal frequently, the person cannot carry out other work. PitBoss allows a person to set it and then forget about it – much like an oven. So, you can set the grill on the desired temperature and then get your other important chores done – isn’t it a dream situation for a majority! Since PitBoss provides ease in cooking, it is wise to go with this pellet grill for cooking the baby back ribs or other items like a brisket or a whole Turkey.
3. Temperature Control
When you are using a gas grill, you are forced to control the temperature manually. You have to spend a large amount of your time getting the temperature right. PitBoss grills, however, use a digital controller that works in unison with the hopper. So as long as your grill’s hopper is working fine, your grill will maintain the temperature and you don’t have to constantly check the temperature.
4. Cooking Options
PitBoss provides you around 8 different cooking options. By using the grill, you can bake, char, grill, smoke, roast, BBQ, and sear. In comparison, a gas grill allows you to only sear, char, bake, roast and sear. In fact, baking and roasting on a gas grill often get tricky as these grills are not designed to do that. For slow cooking, pellet grills are the best.
2 Ways to Cook Baby Back Ribs on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill
1. Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Smoked baby back ribs are easy to cook. And if you are cooking them on PitBoss pellet grill, it is even easier.
You will require the following ingredient to prepare a finger-lickin’ good meal.
- 2 Cups Apple Juice
- 2 Racks Baby Back Rib
- Southern Style BBQ Sauce
- Aluminum Foil
- Preheat the grill to smoke mode or 200 degrees Fahrenheit
- With a knife and a paper towel, remove the membrane on the rib’s backside. Start smoking the rubs.
- Place the rib on the grates of the grill and smoke it for at least 2 hours. Here, smoke the rib with a dry rub.
- After the required time, remove the rib from the grill and turn the temperature of the grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the ribs inside the aluminum boat made using the aluminum foil.
- Pour a cup of apple juice on the rib and tightly seal the foil. Put it back on the grill for another 2 hours.
- After the time is up, remove the rib from the foil and coat with barbecue sauce. Now, turn the temperature of the grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. After the grill has been preheated, return the ribs to the grill.
- Since you are only trying to get the sauce to firm up, don’t leave the rib over the grill for a long time. You can get the desired firmness within 15 minutes. This process requires your brief supervision. This is because the sugar from the apple juice and the sauce can burn easily, ruining the taste of your ribs. So, stay there and supervise the cooking until the time is up.
- Take the ribs off of the grill and leave them to rest. After 15 minutes, serve hot and enjoy a delicious meal.
2. Texas Smoked Ribs
If your favorite dish is Texas Smoked Ribs, read on to learn how you can prepare the meal on PitBoss pellet grill.
For the preparation of the meal, get the following ingredients ready.
- 1 Cup Apple cider vinegar
- 1 rack baby back rib
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Peel the membrane on the backside of the rib by using a knife.
- Rub the ribs with the olive oil.
- Mix together the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and put it aside.
- Start the grill and set it to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the rib on the grates and smoke for 3 hours.
- Now, take off the rib and place them on a foil-lined sheet pan. Brush both sides of the rib with the apple cider vinegar mixture (the one you prepared in Step 3). For an additional 1 hour, place the ribs on the grates.
- Once the time is up, remove the ribs and let them rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Our Final Thoughts
Cooking baby back ribs on PitBoss pellet grills is quite convenient. Earlier, people would shy away from grilling these items at home, mainly because of the long preparation hours. With pellet grills, people don’t get to cook a meal that is rich in flavor, but they also don’t have to pause their lives to get one rack of ribs cooked. The grill pellet, on that basis, is an appliance that brings a lot of convenience and ease to the table. So, now, you can enjoy a pipin’ hot meal at your home by using a PitBoss pellet grill.