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How to Make Baby Back Ribs on the Gas Grill

May 11, 2021
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Baby Back Ribs on the Gas Grill

Making Baby Back Ribs on the Gas Grill can be done. If you don't have a smoker you can still make tender smoky baby back ribs on your gas grill that everyone will absolutely love.

I love smoked ribs but I know that's not an option for everyone. This method will transform your gas grill into a wood fire smoker.

Ill be honest I saw a similar method on Americas Test Kitchen and I had my doubts but To my surprise the ribs were juicy smoke and delicious!


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What you'll need to Make Gas Grill Ribs

Ingredient List

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Setting up Your Gas Grill as a Smoker

  • Tear of 4 sheets of aluminum foil (18x24in.) pour 2 cups of wood chips in the center of each sheet and fold in the size to form a pouch. Poke about 12 holes in the foil to let the smoke vent out.
  • Remove the grill grate on one side of the grill and place one foil pouch on top of the flavorrizing bars with the vent holes facing up. Place the grill grates back on and turn the burner that are touching the foil pouch on medium high.
  • Fill alluminum half pan on top of the grill grates over the foil and fill about 3/4 full of water. This will take a while to heat up but it will help keep the ribs moist and help maintain even temperature.
  • Adjust the burners to reach and maintain a temperature between 275-300 degrees F. Make sure you have enough space to place the ribs over indirect heat.

Gas Grill Ribs Cooking Instructions

  1. Prep the ribs by removing the menbrane of the back side of the ribs and trim any bone fragments or excess fat. Brush about 2 tbsp of mustard on each rack then season liberally with dry rub.
  2. Once the Grill is up to temperature Place the ribs on the grill grates on the oppisite side of the water pan over indirect heat. Smoke the ribs for 1 hour before sliding the water pan over, remove the grill grate and replace the foil pouch with a fresh one. Replace the foil pouch once an hour with a fresh one.
  3. The ribs will smoke for 3 hours before you will mop with a 50/50 blend of apple juice and apple cider vinegar. You can add a few teaspoons of liquid smoke to add a little extra smoke flavor. After the 4th foil pouch has burned off its time to wrap the ribs in foil.
  4. Add a few tbsp of butter to each rack before wrapping in foil and cooking for about 90 minutes. Unwrap the ribs and brush with bbq sauce and cook for 20-30 minutes to let the bbq sauce set. Slice and serve the ribs and no one will know you smoked these baby back ribs on a gas grill.
  5. Unwrap the ribs and brush with bbq sauce and cook for 20-30 minutes to let the bbq sauce set. Slice and serve the ribs and no one will know you smoked these baby back ribs on a gas grill.

Tips for Smoking Ribs on the Gas Grill

  • Use a toothpick to test for tenderness, poke the toothpick in-between the bones. If the meat feels tender then its done. If you have to put pressure on the toothpick to puncture the ribs then they are not ready.
  • When changing the foil pouches move quickly. The less time the grill is open the better for maintaining consistent temperature.
  • Use whatever wood you enjoy. Fruit woods like apple and cherry are great and can add color to the ribs while wood chips like hickory and oak are milder flavor woods that provide a neutral smoke flavor.
  • This Cooking method also works for pork loins, St. Louis ribs or chicken. Time and temperatures will vary.

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how to smoke baby back ribs on the gas grill

How to Make Ribs on the Gas Grill

Making Baby Back Ribs on the Gas Grill can be done. If you don't have a smoker you can still make tender smoky baby back ribs on your gas grill that everyone will absolutely love.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ
Servings 6
Calories 584 kcal

Equipment

  • Gas Grill

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

Prepare the gas grill for smoking

  • Tear of 4 sheets of aluminum foil (18x24in.) pour 2 cups of wood chips in the center of each sheet and fold in the size to form a pouch. Poke about 12 holes in the foil to let the smoke vent out.
  • Remove the grill grate on one side of the grill and place one foil pouch on top of the flavorrizing bars with the vent holes facing up. Place the grill grates back on and turn the burner that are touching the foil pouch on medium high.
  • Fill alluminum half pan on top of the grill grates over the foil and fill about 3/4 full of water. This will take a while to heat up but it will help keep the ribs moist and help maintain even temperature.
  • Adjust the burners to reach and maintain a temperature between 275-300 degrees F. Make sure you have enough space to place the ribs over indirect heat.

Baby Back Ribs Cooking Instructions

  • Prep the ribs by removing the menbrane of the back side of the ribs and trim any bone fragments or excess fat. Brush about 2 tbsp of mustard on each rack then season liberally with dry rub.
  • Once the Grill is up to temperature Place the ribs on the grill grates on the oppisite side of the water pan over indirect heat. Smoke the ribs for 1 hour before sliding the water pan over, remove the grill grate and replace the foil pouch with a fresh one. Replace the foil pouch once an hour with a fresh one.
  • The ribs will smoke for 3 hours before you will mop with a 50/50 blend of apple juice and apple cider vinegar. You can add a few teaspoons of liquid smoke to add a little extra smoke flavor. After the 4th foil pouch has burned off its time to wrap the ribs in foil.
  • Add a few tbsp of butter to each rack before wrapping in foil and cooking for about 90 minutes. Unwrap the ribs and brush with bbq sauce and cook for 20-30 minutes to let the bbq sauce set. Slice and serve the ribs and no one will know you smoked these baby back ribs on a gas grill.
  • Unwrap the ribs and brush with bbq sauce and cook for 20-30 minutes to let the bbq sauce set. Slice and serve the ribs and no one will know you smoked these baby back ribs on a gas grill.

Notes

Serving size is about 1/3 rack of ribs
 WHEN REMOVING FOIL POUCH WOOD CHIPS WILL STILL BE HOT!!!
DO NOT THROW IN TRASH!! USE TONGS AND SUBMERGE THE. POUCHES IN WATER BEFORE DISPOSING!!

Nutrition

Calories: 584kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 37gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 720mgPotassium: 623mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 435IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Baby Back Ribs, Gas Grill Hack, Gas Grill Ribs
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Nutrition Facts
How to Make Ribs on the Gas Grill
Amount Per Serving
Calories 584 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 152mg51%
Sodium 720mg31%
Potassium 623mg18%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 435IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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