Ribalizer provided product for testing and for this giveaway. All opinions are my own. ~Jaden
Many people shy away from cooking ribs at home, which is one of the reasons why BBQ joints are so popular, leaving the tender, smoked ribs to the pros to handle.
Good ribs are not hard to make at home. In fact, it’s one of the easiest meats to cook. No carving, no turning, no constant basting, and no need to be diligent about taking the temperature.
We make a lot of ribs:
So, what’s the formula for restaurant-quality ribs on the grill? The Ribalizer is a rack that sits on top of regular, disposable aluminum foil pans (no mess!) The rack keeps the ribs upright, so that you can fit up to 6 racks. Perfectly cooked ribs are ready to eat in 2 hours.
Here’s the simple Ribalizer formula:
We gave the Ribalizer a trial run this past weekend. Since it was just Scott, myself and the boys, we only needed 1 rack of baby back ribs, cut in half.
To the bottom of the pan, we added beer. You can use cola, apple juice (Dr. BBQ loves using apple juice) or even water.
After 45 minutes, uncovered, cover with second pan and cook another 1 hour 15 minutes.
The resulting ribs were tender (because of the steam provided by the beer), smoky (from the grill) and really easy to cook.
There’s one more step that I would add to the “best ribs ever”. For Scott and the boys, they love the sticky, sweet BBQ sauce slathered on top, with the sugar of the sauce caramelized just a bit (I prefer naked ribs with rub only).
Pros: This cooking technique works really well. The ribs were perfectly cooked, and in 2 hours, instead of the usual 4 hours. Previously, to get this kind of tenderness, we had to use massive sheets of heavy duty tin foil, fold it around the ribs and pour in apple juice without spilling. The Ribalizer made this process easy. I like the disposable, standard sized aluminum pans that you can buy at many stores. It keeps the cleanup easy. We oiled the Ribalizer prior to using, so a light scrubbing cleaned the metal rack. It’s also dishwasher safe, but if you wait too long before washing, it’s more difficult to get the bits off. I loved that the racks kept each rib rack upright and separate. This allows the smoke and flavor to touch every nook and cranny of each rib.
Cons: This really is for cooking lots of ribs. Because the pan is so large, we needed 2 bottles of beer to keep the liquid at the right level. If you run out of liquid, you’ll ruin your entire batch – the meat will taste burnt. Two bottles of beer to cook the little ribs we had was a little wasteful. While Ribalizer has a strong, heavy-duty metal support that goes around the edge of the pan, there is no support for the bottom of the flimsy, aluminum pan. This makes it nearly impossible (and dangerous) to lift the pan to and from the grill. You need to have an empty pan to transport. Having some bottom support would make the Ribalizer so much easier to use and prevent any accidents of steaming hot liquid + hot ribs spilling.
Conclusion: If you love ribs, and want an award-winning quality, the Ribalizer is an inexpensive way to make you the BBQ hero amongst your family and friends. It’s perfect for parties, for cooking lots of ribs. But if your rib-cooking is just for 2 people or a small family, it’s probably not the most efficient way. While using the Ribalizer – there are 2 very important things to keep in mind: 1) Don’t run out of liquid 2) Don’t lift the pan with ribs and liquid inside. Neglect either one of these things, and you’ll ruin your dinner.
To get truly “smoked” flavor on a gas grill, you’ll also some soaked wood chips to put in the grill or a this neat smoker gadget. To cheat, add a tiny amount of liquid smoke (found at any grocery store, next to the BBQ sauces) to the bottom of the pan. With our Memphis Wood Pellet Grill, we have built-in smoke. The Ribalizer won 1st place in the National BBQ Assoc’s Award of Excellence – you can’t argue with that! ~Jaden
- Chrome nickel-plated metal rack and removable meat separator
- Holds up to six racks of ribs or multiple pieces of meat or chicken
- Four standard size aluminum steam pans included
- Instructions include photos of easy steps
- Recipes, cooking tips and helpful BBQ resources included
- Measures 21”L x 13”W x 7”H when fully assembled
The RIBALIZER Rib Cooker is a rib lover’s dream-come-true. It’s that easy and it’s that fast! Includes Ribalizer rack, meat separator and four aluminum, replaceable steam tray pans. Comes with recipes to make amazing ribs and more.
For more information on the Ribalizer, watch the video below!