I am grilling about 20 pounds of ribs and chicken for a party. I have a huge charcoal grill that I’ll be using. The grill does not have a cover. Will this affect how my ribs will come out? I’d like to use some apple wood to add a nice flavor to the ribs. How do I go about doing this? Thanks,
Yes a grill with no cover will make it hard to do the ribs right. You’ll need to keep the fire very low and you’ll want to mop the ribs regularly to keep them from drying out before they get tender. It can be done but will require a lot of attention. Cook them slow and mop often until tender and don’t put any BBQ sauce on them until they are done. The time will be dependent on how low the fire is and what kind of ribs you have but the longer it takes the better they will be. Here’s a mop recipe for you to try.
Big Time BBQ Mop
This is the one you use for big, long-cooking cuts like pork shoulder, beef brisket, and whole hog. Use a metal bowl and keep it warm in the cooker while the meat cooks.
1 can beer of choice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup prepared mustard
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 jalapeno, seeds and stem removed, finely chopped
In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. This can be made the night before but must be refrigerated.
Yield: About 3 Cups.