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

Sushi Bistro Opens On Main Street; Other New Eateries Include Fireside Grill, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Dominica’s Caribbean Kitchen

At the Thursday meeting of the city Beer Board, four consumer beer licenses were issued to restaurants and bars. Alex Thai Food & Sushi Bistro, 26 E. Main St., is on the ground floor of a new apartment building. The restaurant has a capacity of 65, with hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fireside Grill, 3018 Cummings Hwy. is being opened as a restaurant/bar in Lookout ... (click for more)

Art Of Cooking Teaches Children About Farm To Table

Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga’s arts education program, Full Circle Teaching Artists Program, presents Art of Cooking at Barking Legs Theater. Running every Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. until Oct. 13, Art of Cooking seeks to provide families of preschool children with nutritional education and problem solving opportunities through the magic of performing arts, dinner ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Russell Gilbert, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Southerners Sing

Barry Norris plays the organ at Birmingham’s East Lake United Methodist Church and two days ago the church hosted what we used to call “A Singing on the Grounds.” Today it is called a “Hymnfest” and, believe it or not, it is has to be just as fun today as it was 100 years ago when our forefathers tied their horse and wagon to a tree. It just so happens I know a little bit about ... (click for more)