Cooking a bunch of chicken sometimes leaves you wanting some BBQ ribs in your life. Consequently, that’s how I was feeling after preparing for a BBQ competition a while back.
I’d been using my 22″ Weber kettle grill a lot at the time… experimenting with chicken thighs, getting ready for the Viejas BBQ competition. Cooking on that grill brought back memories of what it was like before I purchased a dedicated smoker and how I used to make excellent BBQ ribs on just that one simple piece of equipment. However, not everyone has a smoker, but most folks have a kettle-style charcoal grill of some sort to cook on.
So in honor of the standard charcoal grill and making delicious BBQ Ribs, here is a little something for you to try.
The main thing to remember here is to have all of your coals on one side of the kettle. You don’t even need that many briquettes, just one charcoal chimney full is about all you’ll need. I only had one rack of ribs, but you can quickly do up to four on your kettle if you use a “rib rack” … not to be confused with a “rack of ribs.” A rib rack will hold your ribs vertically on your grill or smoker to maximize the horizontal space.
Here is a video that demonstrates the techniques involved in BBQ’n your pork spare ribs on a kettle smoker: