Tennessee BBQ Ribs
Tennessee Barbecue Is Finger Lickin' Good
If you really know barbecue, you probably know Big Bob. He's famous for his Tennessee-style barbecue restaurant.
But you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own backyard to get a sample of his original taste. Emeril Lagasse prepares his ribs and so can you by following the directions below.
Place slab of ribs bone side up on table. Slide a knife under the membrane and against the end bone to separate the two. With a dry paper towel or rag, grasp the edge of the thin membrane and pull. The entire membrane should separate from rib. Note: This will result in a more tender rib and will allow your barbecue flavors to better penetrate the meat.
Generously shake the barbecue rub (ingredients below) onto the front and backsides of the ribs. Gently pat to ensure that the rub will adhere to the meat. Heat grill, or pit to 225 degrees.
Note: A variety of fuel types can be used: gas, charcoal, wood chips including hickory, oak, cherry apple, etc. Place ribs meat side up into cooker. Cook for 3 hours on 225 degrees.
Spray ribs with apple juice. Note: This will provide moisture, keep the bark from drying and add a fruity background flavor.
Cook an additional 2 hours until ribs separate with a slight tug. Apply a generous coat of barbecue sauce (sauce directions below) to both sides of the ribs. Cook 15 minutes, remove, cut and serve. sauce:
Combine all ingredients and serve with cooked ribs.
Recipe courtesy of Big Bob Gibson, c. 2000