Along with hot dogs, burgers and potato salad, tender, juicy barbecued ribs are a cookout classic and ideal for relaxed, casual entertaining. Whether you like pork ribs or beef, a thick coating of saucy glaze or a simple dry rub, there’s a rib recipe to please every palate, and Food Network’s top-five picks below are five-star favorites that won’t disappoint. Check out these top-rated barbecued ribs from Sandra, the Neelys, Alton and more Food Network chefs to find out how to make their no-fail recipes at home.
5. Seattle BBQ Beef Ribs — Before grilling the ribs with a tangy topping of store-bought barbecue sauce and molasses, Sandra precooks them by boiling the rack in a mixture of vegetable broth and apple juice, ensuring that the meat turns out moist and is ready to eat in a flash.
4. Sweet Cola Ribs — The Neelys say, “The smoke and indirect heat leave you with deliciously tender ribs while the cola packs a punch of unexpected sweetness.” The key to making their recipe is not adding the cola glaze until the end of cooking, so as not to burn the sugars.
3. Sweet-and-Spicy Baby Back Ribs — You don’t need an outdoor grill to make Food Network Magazine‘s finger-lickin’ ribs; these saucy beauties are pan-roasted with beer, then brushed with a combination of brown sugar and chile sauce, then roasted for a few more minutes.
2. Dry-Rub Ribs, Memphis-Style — Coated in bold spices like cayenne pepper, oregano, cumin and paprika, these sauce-free ribs are simply baked in the oven until crispy.
1. Backyard Baby Back Ribs (pictured above) — Alton lets seasoned pork ribs rest overnight before roasting the racks with orange juice and margarita mix, then grilling and serving them with a ketchup-Worcestershire sauce glaze. Click the play button on the video below to see Alton make them.