The 5 Best Tools for Grilling Ribs
Grilling experts and enthusiasts have weighed in, and these are the cream of the crop for making heavenly ribs a reality.
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Sorbus Non-Stick Rib Rack
For space-conscious grillers, the Sorbus Non-Stick Rib Rack is an excellent tool. “Four racks of ribs can take up the lion’s share of grate space, lying flat,” says Mark Jenner of FoodFireFriends. “The rack cuts the space-hogging down by about two-thirds. Visually it’s a meat-eater’s delight, seeing several rib rows stacked alongside chicken or chops.”
Grilling ribs for a party has never been so efficient. It measures 11 inches x 10 inches x 3 inches and can hold four racks of ribs at a time. It can be used with a variety of grill models, ovens and smokers.
“If you’re fond of ribs off the grill or out of the smoker, you’ll want a rib rack. Buy more than one and take many pictures of your rib army lined up in formation on your favorite grill,” says Jenner.
BBQ Guru Rib Rings
Another tool for grilling ribs that maximizes space, BBQ Guru Rib Rings are a genius invention that allows you to expand your cooking space by placing meat in an upright circular pattern.
“Somebody should get the Nobel Prize for this,” says Clint Cantwell of Amazing Ribs. “If you own a Weber Smokey Mountain or a round Kamado or a Weber Kettle or a drum smoker, you have felt the frustration of wanting to cook a lot of ribs for a party, and you just can’t get enough of them on. The Rib Ring solves the problem.”
The tool, which works on any cooker 18 inches or wider, can support the full length of three racks of trimmed ribs in the outermost ring, two racks in the middle, plus one rack of ribs or one whole chicken in the center ring. It also comes with a thermometer probe holder.
Broil King Cast Rib Roaster
Speed up the process of grilling ribs without sacrificing quality with the Broil King Cast Rib Roaster. The tool has a stainless rack inside that keeps the ribs out of the juices, meaning they’ll steam instead of boil. You can roast at a much higher temperature in this high moist environment. Made of heavy cast iron with a stainless steel roasting rack, the tool contains a dimpled lid that continually bastes food.
Scour the Internet and you’ll see that rib lovers are really into this roaster. On Amazon, one reviewer says:
“I finally got to use the BroilKing Rib Roaster after getting a deal on Prime Day. I had a rack of baby back ribs in the freezer that I had been saving for my new grill. I had always used a smoker before. This was my first attempt at cooking ribs on a grill. And according to my family they were delicious. And in 60 minutes as opposed to the 6 hours on a smoker. I think they like the BroilKing Rib Roaster especially since they get to eat much sooner and the ribs were still tender and had some pull to them. What more can you ask?” Check out these 13 brilliant ways to store grill tools.
CookinPellets Perfect Mix Smoking Pellets
According to Mark Jenner of FoodFireFriends, “Pellet grills offer a distinctly satisfying alternative to traditional barbecues and smokers.” Despite there being a wide variety of pellets to choose from, not all are created equal. The best pellets for smoking combine a blend of different flavors.
“By using four of the most popular hardwoods, CookinPellets 40PM Perfect Mix deliver nothing but flavored smoke,” says Jenner. The blend contains a hickory base with cherry, hard maple and apple. CookinPellets only uses heart woods, and never any bark. Bark can lead you to misread the internal temperature since it doesn’t burn at the same rate as wood.
“This blend should lend itself to just about anything you want to smoke, too. It’s a good introductory pellet for someone just starting out with a pellet grill thanks to its blend of quality pellets with a crowd-pleasing smoky taste,” says Jenner.
Camp Chef SmokePro Pellet Grill
The Camp Chef SmokePro wood pellet grill and smoker gives you 811 square inches of cooking surface surface area with an upper and lower rack. It features an electric auto-igniter, automatic auger, simple temp select system, dual meat probes and dual LED temp readout. It even provides ash clean-out, pellet hopper clean-out and has 22 pounds of pellet hopper capacity, which means you don’t have to constantly be filling it up.
The smoker gives you a consistent heat with the right amount of smoke, thanks to the electronic smoke controller with 10 settings. Better still, you can fit at least eight racks of ribs on there without having to get creative.