Grilled Barbecue Ribs and Corn on the Cob

Family Favorite Grilled Barbecue Ribs

A favorite cookout for our family is grilled barbecued ribs and grilled corn on the cob. My husband always cooks the ribs the same way his father taught him, and the result is moist, tender, absolutely delicious ribs every time. There are a couple of different ways we like to cook corn and they're both good. We added some delicious baked beans with bacon, plus fresh tomatoes and cucumbers sliced up to complete the meal.

Grilled Barbecue Ribs and Corn

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Barbeque Rib Preparation

We usually buy ribs for barbecues on sale and cook them on holidays, like Memorial Day or July 4 when the whole family comes to visit. The ribs must be removed from the freezer and thawed out in the refrigerator preferably a day ahead of time.

Early on the day of the cookout my husband will cut the ribs, usually keeping about two ribs together. He puts the ribs in the pressure cooker, as this is what will tenderize the meat and keep it moist. A pressure cooker is very hot, more so than boiling water, which is why the connective tissue of the meat breaks down.

Fortunately, I purchased a large pressure cooker many years ago so I could preserve fruits and vegetables, as they can be expensive. However, if you are going to purchase a pressure cooker it should be no smaller than an 8-quart size. The whole process won't work if you don't have enough room above the meat for this hot steam.

He puts in a small amount of water just under the tray that holds the meat. He cooked this batch of meat for 20 min. on a pressure of 10, which can be varied according to the quantity of meat you are cooking. Of course, the meat just sits in the pressure cooker when it is finished until the pressure goes down and you can open the lid.

Now his work is done until it's time to cook on the grill to brown the ribs and add the barbecue sauce. You can make your own sauce and there's a huge selection in any grocery store. We have become quite fond of Baby Ray's. This part doesn't take very long since the meat is already cooked.The corn is also put on the grill at the same time.

Sometimes we also smoke ribs, chicken and a variety of other meat, which is also great for a picnic type meal.


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Grilled Corn Preparation

I chose to cook the grilled corn on the cob with the husk removed and put it in aluminum foil, primarily because I don't like pulling the corn silk out after the corn is hot. My method is to remove all the husks and the silk, then discard. I soak the corn in cold water for 20 minutes, making sure it is completely covered. Not everyone wants to soak their corn, but I found it provides extra moisture for cooking and will steam the corn inside the aluminum foil.

Remove the corn from the water and shake off the excess moisture. Tear off squares of aluminum foil for each ear and place diagonally on the foil. I brush the kernels lightly with olive oil and do not use butter until the corn comes off the grill. You can put any seasonings you like on the corn at this point. I added a little garlic, some chopped onion, salt and black pepper and rolled the aluminum foil around each piece. Some other herbs you might try are nutmeg, basil, cilantro or oregano. Place the corn on a medium heat grill and rotate every few minutes, for about 15 to 20 minutes.

You will know the corn is done if you press a kernel and the juice squirts out. Be careful not to overcook your grilled corn, as it will become mushy. Carefully remove the corn from the grill, as it is very hot at this point.

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At this point I get all the foods on big trays and people can put butter on their grilled corn and add more seasoning if they want. Everyone wants some of the barbequed ribs.

Once the plates are full this is a time when things get very quiet at the table because everyone loves this meal. Of course, no meal is complete with out dessert, so we had a delicious banana pudding.

This meal is delicious and so easy to make also. Another plus is there's very little cleanup, which makes me happy. Most importantly it is always a day of laughter and fun with my family.

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Great idea, Pam. I never thought of using my pressure cooker to cook ribs before grilling. I love Baby Ray's barbecue sauce too. Voted up and useful.

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lilibees 5 years ago

I give my ribs a quick boil before putting them on the grill!Great idea sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I am now hungry :) Think I will fire up the BBQ tonight. I usually leave the husks on when I throw them on the grill but this year I will try your way as I hate taking the husks off afterwards. Thanks

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Okay, Pam, you have my mouth's too close to dinner to read this!

We like the Baby Ray's as well. I think I'll plan BBQ for Flag Day with blueberry cobbler! :)

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True Cures 5 years ago from Payette Idaho

Who doesn't love a good rib. One thing I miss about ribs is the ribs with texture. I like nothing better than a good rim that requires some ripping and tearing! I enjoy the fall off the bone ribs but there is a different taste to a rib that is parboiled.

In two months I will be eating home grown corn and venison, bear and beef ribs. Thanks for the hub.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Pamela, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

lilibees, I know a lot of people do that with good results. Thanks for your comment.

Susan, I used to leave on the husks too and this is a little trouble ahead of time but so simple afterwards. Thanks for your comments.

R Talloni, Blueberry cobbler sounds good. I appreciate your comment.

True Cures, It sounds like you will have it made it two months. Thanks for your comment.

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anglnwu 5 years ago

Yum. I've never thought of using a pressure cooker to tenderize the meat--good idea. Thanks for sharing and rated up.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Barbecue ribs are one of my favorites, so thank you, Pamela for the great recipe and the July 4th (?)invitation. When I get to Jax, do I turn right or left?

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Anginwu, Thanks so much for your comment.

drbj, Turn right. Of course you are invited. I appreciate your comments.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Quick! Let me grab a fork. Don't need a knife for this feast. Great for the summer Pamela.

Thanks! Up and useful.

The Frog

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Frog Prince, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and beautiful! (food is beautiful) Well written and informative. We cook-out each weekend. It's that time again...

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Samson, We love to cook out also. Thanks for your comment.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

My mouth is watering!

I like to smoke baby backs. I rub them first with a brown sugar/garlic salt/paprika/cayenne pepper mix, and then into the smoker at 225 degrees. After an hour of smoke, I wrap them with extra wide, heavy duty foil, two racks to a package, and back into the smoker for about four hours. They will be practically falling off the bone, tender and juicy.

We make available two sauces...KC Masterpiece, Original, and a raspberry/chipotle sauce by Fischer and Wieser (from Costco) or you can make your own:

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I love BBQ but the English weather doesn't. They promised us a very hot summer. At the moment it is full of heavy clouds and cold and windy.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a great way to prepare a meal. I love to grill corn on the cob and you can't beat ribs cooked on a grill. Thank you.

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Richard83 5 years ago from West Virginia

The best part about this Pamela is that I just came back from the store and laid some ribs out. I have my corn and I am going to try this. I can't believe this, so weird. Very cool. Talk about perfect timing. Destiny.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Will Starr, Your recipe sounds fantastic and I think we'll definitely be trying it soon. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Hello, I sure hope the weather improves. Thanks for your comment.

always exploring, It is delicious. Thank you so much for your comments.

Richard, I hope it turns out wonderful. Thank you for your comments.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, anything that will help my cooking skills or lack off is a great! another one bookmarked! thanks so much, nell

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Nell, I hope you enjoy it! I appreciate your comments.

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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

GREAT IDEA! We just had some BBQ boneless pork chops, hamburgers, hotdogs and grilled corn! lol I like the part about soaking the corn! God Bless You! Voted this Hub Useful!!!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Drpastorcarlotta, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and aren't barbecues wonderful? Thanks so much for your comments.

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I am printing this immediately! Yum!!!!!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

POP, I'm glad you liked it. Welcome home. I didn't realize you were home. Thanks for the comment.

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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

Yummm! I will try grilling the corn in tin foil. Thanks for the summer barbecue tip.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Hanna, I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for your comments.

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Looks yummy~!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Audry, I appreciate the comment.

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Susan Miles 5 years ago

Wow, I'm hungry! Thanks for the tip on using a pressure cooker. We've always boiled the ribs before grilling. A pressure cooker (right size) would save time and lock in moisture.

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DREAM ON 5 years ago

I couldn't wait to finish reading because my stomach started growling and hasn't stopped.I can't wait to try the ribs.Thanks so much.What a great idea for the corn too.

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SJKSJK 5 years ago from delray beach, florida

Thanks for a great recipe idea.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Susan, I'm glad you find this hub useful and I appreciate your comments.

Dream On, I hope you enjoy your barbecued meal. Thanks for your comments.

SJKSJK, I appreciate your comments.

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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

Lots of grilling in my neighborhood in the summer. I've never grilled corn although I plan to soon. Great idea to pressure cook meat first to cut down on grill time. v/r

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, The other advantage to using a pressure cooker is that it tenderizes. Thanks for your comments.

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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

This is one of my most favorite grilled food menus. I love it! I don't eat pork, so I cook beef ribs in the oven...since it's a cow, the bones are kinda' b-i-g (my pressure cooker is not large enough), and then grill em'.

I was really interested in how you cooked the corn, and never had luck. I'm gonna give this a try. Admittedly, corn is, WAS the only item I cooked stove top, and I always felt like I cheated and needed forgiveness! I never soaked the corn, but that makes ABSOLUTE sense!! Pamela99 you got me started, I'm going to do this exact menu (well almost exact, w/ beef ribs), beans AND throw in some potato salad!!! Oh...I tried Baby Ray's and yes...that's some mighty good sauce right there!!!!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

imatellmuva, I sure hope you enjoy your meal. Beef ribs work just fine for barbeque also. Thanks you so much for your comments.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

My mouth is watering Pamela. I don't have a pressure cooker but I bake them for about an hour or more at 350 degrees in the house and then put them on the grill. I have never tried corn on the grill but I love eating it when other people do it. I'll bookmark this so I can try it. Thanks for a information and fun hub.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Minnetonka Twin, I think you will like the corn. I appreciate your comments.

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