Diary Of A Comfort Foodie: Kent’s Grilled Memorial Day Ribs

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - by Kent Whitaker
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and the grills will be fired up. I’m often asked about easy grilling foods and I have a few favorites. Grilled Pound Cake with strawberries and ice cream, Cheese stuffed cheeseburgers, grilled barbecue pizza and several others. All of these are in my cookbooks or on my website. And then, there are ribs.

Some people are scared by the concept of grilling ribs since they are often associated with slow smoked barbecue using low temps and hickory. That’s fine, I love to slow smoke ribs but not everybody has the time or a smoker. So, all of my traditional barbecue buddies, please forgive me for this non-smoker version of a perfectly grilled rib!

Watch the video for tips on rubs and marinades. The rub can be one of your own making or simply season packets which were once only used for tacos and chili. Those now come in a huge variety of flavors. Marinades are now easy as well. A marinade can be as simple as using Worcestershire sauce, or beer, or wine, bourbon, steak sauce, apple juice… whatever you desire.

How To Grill Ribs
2 slabs pork ribs
Favorite marinade
Seasoning or rub of choice
Remove the back membrane from the underside of the ribs. Lightly coat with the marinade and rub both slabs with some of the seasoning. Tightly wrap the ribs in cling wrap and store in the fridge overnight. Remove wrap and sear both sides on the grill over high heat, enough to brown both sides; about 10-15 minutes per side. Remove from heat and carefully drizzle with a small amount of marinade and add any remaining seasonings. Wrap tightly in several layers of foil. Reduce the heat on the grill to medium and cook the  foil wrapped ribs on a upper rack, with the grill cover closed, turning every 15 - 20 minutes for about two to three hours. Time depends on your grill, weather temps and number of ribs.

----

Kent Whitaker is a Chattanooga based culinary writer and cookbook author. He is the winner of the Emeril Live BBQ contest and winner of an American Authors Association Gold medal. Mr. Whitaker’s books are in bookstores nationwide and are available online. Visit him online at www.thedeckchef.com or twitter @thekentwhitaker


Lupi’s Celebrates Years Of Producing And Serving Hyperlocal Organic Meat, Produce

Lupi’s,  a locally owned restaurant serving pizza, bread and garden salads, first opened its doors in downtown Chattanooga in 1996. For the past three years, the local chain with five locations sprawled across the Greater Chattanooga Area, has been serving meat and produce grown at their own all-organic 65-acre farm located on Lookout Mountain. The team ... (click for more)

Red Sauce And Southside Pizza Are New Chattanooga Eateries

Red Sauce, a new restaurant with the same owners as the Cuban restaurant Embargo and Ceniza on Bradmore Lane in Ooltewah, is opening at 14 West Kent St. in North Chattanooga. On Thursday, it was approved for a license to sell beer. Andrew Platt, the corporate chef for the company, described the restaurant as an Italian/American eatery with focus on the food and ambiance. There ... (click for more)

Man Shot Multiple Times In Cleveland; Jesus Teague, 14, Is Arrested

On Saturday, at 6:12 a.m., Cleveland Police Department responded to 1210 Elrod Place SE in reference to a domestic disturbance.   A man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is stable, at this time.   The suspect, Jesus Tyler Teague, 14, was located and was in custody as of 3:25 p.m. ... (click for more)

Travis Caslin, 42, Shot While Walking Along South Willow Street

Chattanooga Police said a man was shot on Friday night while walking along South Willow Street.   The victim was identified as Travis Caslin, 42.   At 7:37 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers were called to a local hospital after a person showed up with a gunshot wound.   Police were informed that the victim's condition was non-life threatening. ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s All About People

The leaders of Hamilton County’s Mental Health Court held a heart-warming open house Friday afternoon and it was announced that just since February, the creation has saved the county over $3 million in incarceration costs. But to hear County Mayor Jim Coppinger or Judge Don Poole tell it, that’s not what is important. “Soon after the court started, a kind, quiet man I’ll ... (click for more)