NEVER BOIL RIBS!!!! That will ruin them. If you want to eat mush, go ahead. Dry rub your ribs with any comercial dry rub, or invent your own, you cant hurt them at this point.. don't do something goofy, like use cinnamon or something.. but garlic, a little chili powder.. onion powder, lawry's or what ever will be fine.. sheet them on a cookie sheet and put your oven at it's lowest temp ( about 170) and forget them for a few hours, this will make them tender..set up your charcoal on one side of your grill and make sure the coals get started well.... meanwhile soak some hardwood (any kind will work, pick up sticks under a hickory tree, oak, apple, cherry, any hard wood) or by some hickory chips ( only about a $1.50) soak them so they are wet and don't burn up quickly..
\ set your ribs on "away from the fire" You will want a spray bottle full of water to keep control of the heat... add some wood to the coals, and let them slowly smoke at a very low temp. 180 degrees to maybe 210. I stack my ribs criss-crossed so plenty of smoke can get to all the meat. Then start to "paint" your ribs with your favorite sauce... I think Cattlemans Sweet and hot, Is the best commercial brand. You can also make your own from scratch, or buy a "cheater sauce" to start with for a base and "doctor" it up with hot sauce, brown sugar, molasses or what ever you like. Each time you paint some sauce on your ribs, change the arraingment so the ribs closest to the heat become the farthest from the heat to get even cooking.. slop on some more sauce and slowly smoke them until you have a carmelized glaze of BBQ Heaven coating your ribs... If you use this method.. once you taste the results you will just "STEP BACK AND KISS YOURSELF"!!
Years of experience.
· 10 years ago