Char Glazed Ribs
Char Glazed Ribs are popular on the Rib Fest circuit where thousands of racks of ribs are served to the public. The ribs are first smoked low and slow until they’re completely cooked and then they’re finished over direct charcoal heat. This process caramelizes the sauce and seasonings on the outside and gives the ribs a grilled flavor.
If you’re pressed for time and still want to serve ribs, this is a great way to do it. You can cook the ribs ahead of time, hold them in the refrigerator or cooler, and then reheat them on the charcoal grill just before serving.
For this recipe start with a couple racks of St. Louis cut Spare Ribs. Remove the membrane and season the ribs with your favorite seasonings. I use a light coat of my Killer Hogs AP rub followed by a dose of Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub.
Any smoker can be used for cooking ribs; I fired up my drum smoker and added a chunk of Grillewood.com Cherry wood for smoke flavor.
The ribs need about 2 hours in the smoke, and to keep the outside from getting dry spray them with a little apple juice as needed. Once they develop a mahogany color on the outside it’s time to wrap.
Place each slab on a sheet of Peach Butcher Paper (you could use foil) and wrap them up tight. Get them back on the pit and continue to cook until the fat renders and the meat pulls back slightly from the bones. This process takes about 1 ½ – 2 hours.
At this point the ribs need to rest to stop the cooking process. Vent the butcher paper to let out the heat and just let them hang out loosely covered for about an hour. You can refrigerate them here if you want for serving the following day.
Now it’s time to fire up a charcoal grill and I used my PK Grill 360 with a set of GrillGrates. Get a good medium hot fire going and I like to use a set of grill grates for this process to keep the flavor ups to a minimum.
Place the ribs bone down on the grill grates and brush the meat side with sauce as well. Grill the ribs on both sides about 3-4 minutes each. At this point they’re ready to serve.
Char Glazed Ribs