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Elizabeth Karmel's Bone-anza of Salt And Pepper Ribs

Fire Up Your Grill

GMA Recipes Dinner
Cook Time: min

Grilling Method: Indirect/Medium-Low Heat


  • Wood chips, soaked in water for 30 minutes (optional)
  • 4 racks pork and/or beef ribs, about 3 pounds each
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • barbecue sauce, optional.
  • Cooking Directions

    Build a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill. Set up the grill for indirect heat; if using wood chips, place the soaked chips directly on the charcoal, or in the smoking box of a gas grill.

    Remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs, if desired.

    In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper and cayenne pepper together and sprinkle the ribs liberally with the mixture.

    Place the ribs, bone-side down, in the center of the cooking grate, or in a rib holder or rack, over indirect medium-low heat. Grill covered (about 300°F, if your gas grill has a thermometer) for 2 to 3 hours or until the meat is tender and has pulled back from the ends of the rib bones.

    Leave the ribs unattended for the first 30 minutes-this means no peeking; especially important if using wood chips. If the ribs start to burn on the edges, stack them on top of one another in the very center of the grill and lower the heat slightly. Twenty minutes before serving, un-stack if necessary and brush the ribs with barbecue sauce, if using.

    Remove the ribs from the grill; let them rest for 10 minutes before cutting into individual or 2 to 3 rib portions. Warm any remaining sauce in a saucepan and serve on the side.

    © 2012 Elizabeth A. Karmel, executive chef of Hill Country, recipe adapted from Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow BBQ

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: pepper, barbecue sauce, pork

    Course: Dinner

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