How to Cook Ribs on a Gas Grill

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Apurva Sethi
Apurva is a fashion and food enthusiast. She chose fashion as her career and food as her passion. She is greatly fond of trying out new cuisines at different places and making them at home, in her own style. She also loves to seek and learn new things about the food industry constantly. So, here she is, to share her easy-peasy ways of cooking.

Grilling pork ribs can be a bit difficult for most people, especially if this is the first time you’re trying to cook them. There are too many steps, and learning how to use a smoker (or a pellet grill) may be necessary. However, it’s possible to cook some delicious pork ribs on a gas grill with that fantastic smoky flavor.

First, make sure your propane tank is full; then, gather the following ingredients to complete the recipe.

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Ingredients & Tools Required to Cook Ribs

Any quantity of pork ribs, depending on how many portions you’ll serve.

Any pork seasoning rub recipe you like works. Like the Montreal seasoning, many options exist, depending on what kind of taste you would like to add.

Ingredients/ ToolsAmount
Unsweetened Apple Juice120 ml
Apple Cider Vinegar120 ml
Orange MarmaladeFor Taste
Disposable Aluminum Tray1
Meat Thermometer1
Aluminum Foil1

Once you have all the ingredients at hand, it’s time to start preparing the ribs! But before going onto the procedure, let’s check out how much time do you need to invest in cooking these ribs on a grill.

How Much Time It Will Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTime Time
1 Hour20 Minutes1 Hour 20 Minutes

Now you got the ingredients list and the time duration these ribs take to prepare. So let’s jump onto the procedure.

Ribs on a Gas Grill Recipe

Ribs on a Gas Grill recipe

Step 1-

After the ribs have been removed from the package, dry them using a paper towel. This shouldn’t take a lot of time. Then, make sure they have that classic square shape and uniform thickness that’s so characteristic. If you think they have something strange, cut it off. They will look better after you’re done cooking them. Please put them in an aluminum pan with cooking spray on it, or rub the pan with a bit of cooking oil.

While some people don’t like their ribs too greasy, don’t remove all the fat. It’s necessary to make the ribs even, and the fats help the meat stay hydrated. However, leaving the ribs with too much fat may ruin the flavor in the end.

The bones are covered in a membrane. You must remove it if you want the rub to penetrate the meat and add greater flavor. There are many techniques you can use to do this, so use what’s convenient for you.

Step 2- The Rub

As mentioned above, there are multiple recipes for the rib rub, and you can choose the one you’d like. It won’t add too much fat to the ribs, but you can trust it will provide them with great flavor. We mentioned the “Montreal seasoning” before, but others like the “Smoky Texas.” It would be best if you looked for rib rub recipes before getting started to reduce time.

After finishing the rub, let’s season the pork ribs. Start rubbing the pork; don’t leave any side uncovered. Flip it once you’re done with the first side to ensure the whole portion absorbs the seasoning’s flavor. This isn’t too complicated, the rub will naturally stick to the ribs, and the rest will fall off. Some people recommend pressing it, but that’s entirely up to you.

When you’re done with this, it’s time to pour the apple juice into the pan. Please don’t soak the ribs on it. After that, the pan must be covered with the aluminum foil and then refrigerate it while preparing the grill.

Step 3- The Grill

First, again, make sure the propane tank your grill uses is full. The ribs will be cooked low and slow, and the process will take a bit more than an hour.

Please turn on the grill, and then preheat it to 300°F. The temperature should be uniform throughout the whole process. The goal is to make sure the ribs are perfectly cooked.
Since we want to cook them using indirect heat, let’s say you’re using a gas grill with three burners. You can turn on two burners and leave the middle one turned off. This will provide enough heart for the ribs to be cooked entirely.

Go and get the pan with the ribs, and place it on the grill. Cover it, and let them cook for about an hour. Remember that the temperature must be uniform, so try to keep it at 300°F.

You can check if the ribs are cooked using the meat thermometer. To do this, you must insert into the center, or the meat’s thickest part, far from the bone. If there are 145°F on the thermometer, they’re safe to eat.
However, note that since we’re cooking them slowly at a low temperature, the temperature will be around 180 and 190°F. Don’t worry; this is great, as the meat becomes more tender.

After the ribs have reached the said temperature, remove them from the pan and place them on the grill. This is why we told you to make sure the grates were clean! Also, make sure the heat is still at low levels.
Get a small pot and start mixing the marmalade and apple cider vinegar at medium heat. Combine until they’re well-mixed. This process doesn’t take too long, only about two or three minutes.

Coat the ribs with this sauce, then cover the grill, and leave the ribs cooking for five minutes extra. Repeat this once.

It’s time to remove the ribs! Remove them from the grill, and place them on a cutting board large enough. Let them cool for some minutes, and they will be ready to be served. Cut them as you please.

Nutritional Breakdown of Gas Grilled Ribs

To check the nutritional breakdown of these ribs, check out the table provided below.

Calories 228
Carbohydrates35 g
Protein16 g
Fat 10 g
Cholesterol 55 mg
Sodium 69 mg
Sugar20 g

How to Cook Ribs on a Gas Grill | Video

If you think that the procedure that I’ve mentioned above is lengthy and complex, then you can understand it by watching the video below.

Video by Babish Culinary Universe

I hope you’ve properly understood how you can make Smoked Ribs on a Gas Grill. If you have any questions regarding this recipe, then do reach us out through the comments section below . Till then, stay tuned for more recipes like these.

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