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The moment I hit “publish” on this post and you are all reading it for the first time is going to be a little slice of victory for me. There could be so many unhappy subtitles to the post because there have been so many things that have gone wrong during the prepping, planning, and completion of it!
I was planning on making these super delicious Grilled Honey Citrus Baby Back Ribs last weekend with the help of my hubby, but I ended up hurting my back and it hurt to even walk or sit. Subtitle: But You Can’t Grill if You Can’t Stand Up.
Then there were Memorial Day plans. Subtitle: But Why Grill When Your Best Friends are so Good at It?
Then my poor husband had to work from before sunup to after sundown several days straight and couldn’t help me out. (And any of you bloggers know that you have to have good light to get a good picture.) Subtitle 1: But You Need Your Husband’s Help…because You Can’t Grill – or – Subtitle 2: You Can Still Grill After Sundown, but You Can’t Take a Good Picture.
Then I finally decided to try out the grill for myself (for the very first time), and found that it had never been put together from when we moved into the house. Subtitle: But You Have to Have a Grill…
Then we had no charcoal. Subtitle: You Can’t Use a Charcoal Grill without Charcoal.
Seriously?!?!? I stopped asking “What else could go wrong?” because I was terrified that something else would actually go wrong!
That being said, I want all of you ladies (and any of you guys) who are afraid of the grill, or are afraid of grilling something new, to read what my super final official title is:
Grilled Honey Citrus Baby Back Ribs:
I Grilled Them All By Myself and You Can, Too!
Yeah, it’s a little wordy…but I DID IT! (What! What!) So get out there, girl, and get your grill on!
It’s okay if you’re not sure where to start…because you need to head to your printer first and print out the offer from Coupons.com for $1.00 off Farmland/Smithfield Baby Back or Saint Louis Style Ribs from Walmart (while supplies last). (You’re Welcome for that!)
I was actually very surprised when I got to Walmart because their selection of Farmland (or Smithfield…they go by both names depending on where you are) ribs was huge. It was almost intimidating. I’ve never grilled before…they all looked the same! I picked a package, though, and made it out of the store with some very tasty looking ribs…and I managed to avoid the panic attack when it came to my indecision.
Let me reiterate, though…I’m no grill master! I’m going to run you through my steps to how I grilled my ribs, but you also definitely need to check out ReadySetRibs.com for some excellent grilling tips from some true BBQ Pit Masters, a few more recipes, and other great info.
First things first, get the grill going. You’re going to want to use a drip pan or cover the bottom grate with foil because there will be drippings from the ribs. If you use a charcoal grill, make sure all of your briquettes are on ONE side for grilling the ribs. If necessary, add lighter fluid and light those bad boys up! Let them flame and smoke and do their thing until they are all an ashy gray color.
In the meantime, prep your ribs. This is a shot of the ribs meat-side down. If you’ll notice on the “Before” picture there is a thin layer of fat/skin on the back. You’ll need to remove this. It was fairly easy to pull off from one side.
You may also want to season the ribs on both sides. You can use something as simple as just salt and pepper, or do what I did and use your Grandmother’s “secret” House Seasoning…which is salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
Once your coals are ready, place your ribs on the top grate, opposite from where your charcoal is. There is a debate on whether you should do this meat-side up or meat-side down. I went with meat-side down, just like I do when roasting a turkey. It allows all of the juices to run down into the meat. At least that was my theory (and they didn’t turn out dry, so it must have worked)!
Place the lid on your grill, vent open, and don’t lift that lid for 1.5 hours. Seriously, don’t touch it. I meant it. Leave it alone. You’re more or less smoking the ribs, and lifting the lid will mess up the whole process.
Make your Honey Citrus Glaze (recipe below) while you are struggling with not touching the lid to the grill. You’ll need honey, lemon juice, orange juice, Dale’s Steak Seasoning, and pepper. Throw it all in a small sauce pot, bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes…or until reduced and slightly thickened.
After 1.5 hours, brush the glaze onto both sides of the ribs. At this point, I turned the ribs over and left them meat-side up.
Put the lid back on and don’t touch it for another 30 minutes. I’m still serious…don’t touch the lid. Well, unless you notice that your grill has stopped smoking (at any time during the process, not just the last half hour)…in which case you can add some more charcoal. OTHERWISE, DON’T MOVE THE LID!
Your ribs are ready! You did it! I’m serious…they’re done. And you did it. You grilled ribs. How fabulous is that? (I did it. I think it’s pretty fabulous. I was pretty proud of myself.)
You may be laughing at my excitement if you grill all the time…stop laughing and just use my glaze recipe. You know you want to. (Hahaha)
Here’s a close-up of the finished ribs. Don’t they look delicious? Yes, they got a little over done. Call it a Rookie mistake. They were still AMAZING. Oh…guess you want that glaze recipe…here you go!
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 2/3 cup Orange Juice
- 1/3 cup Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tablespoon Dale's Steak Seasoning
- Pepper to taste
- In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients.
- Bring mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until glaze is reduced and slightly thickened.
- Use on ribs or the meat of your choice during grilling or roasting.
Now that I’ve taken you through my little Honey Citrus Baby Back Ribs grill-venture, are you ready to get out there and grill? Make sure you check out Coupons.com and ReadySetRibs.com before you get started!
If you’re not a ribs person, what’s your favorite food to grill during the summer?
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