Barbecue Breakdown

Barbecue Breakdown

First off I’m not Bobby Flay (“Yo grill master!”) but I know a thing or two about working a grill. So this post is partially inspired by the song Real Talk by R Kelly, the rest is love of the game. I love barbecue as I’m sure many of you do, so this week I went on a barbecue rampage. What follows is my experience and rib recipe, read it, try it or don’t see if I care.

Grill Setup:

Pile your charcoal on one side and put a drip pan filled with beer on the other. Light 5-10 coals and place in the center of the unlit pile; bring to temperature (275-300)

The Saucè:

While your grill is heating up head to the stove and make your own BBQ sauce. You could use store bought sauce but A) they all suck and B) put some soul in it takes 15 minutes quit being lazy. I made a ketchup-based sauce.

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Cook 15-20 minutes, stir often.

The Ribs, Rubs and Buds:

Once your BBQ sauce is done, set it to the side to cool. Now the moneymaker, the ribs, wash your ribs and pat dry, remove the membrane from the backside. Then rub your meat (hey there) with some olive oil, mustard, honey etc. so your rub sticks and place to the side.

Once again you can go store bought for the rub, but don’t be a bitch this is barbecue, make your own. I made three different rubs ill share two with you.


  • 1tbsp chili powder
  • 1tbsp garlic powder
  • 1tbsp Hungarian paprika
  • Bunch of black pepper
  • Slap of salt


  • 1tbsp chili powder
  • 1tbsp onion powder
  • 1tbsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp mustard powder
  • Bunch of black pepper
  • Slap of salt

Remember those ribs you put to the side? Liberally apply the rub(s) to your meat (whoa there).

The Cypher:

Now your ribs are ready to go on, check your grill and make sure your temperature is holding steady. Place your ribs on the drip pan side of the grill and smoke uncovered for 30 minutes- 1 hour. After which spray your ribs down with some apple cider vinegar (you can apply that BBQ sauce at this point too if you choose) and wrap in foil. Place your ribs back on the grill to finish. Once done let your ribs sit for at least 20 minutes. Serve with beer of your choice, milk is for babies. Feel free to share your experiences on the grill with me, and note some of the measurements on the rubs and sauce may be off slightly I did not have my recipe book on me while writing this. Below are my ribs, try to keep your drool to a minimum the FBI guy is watching through the front cam.

Possible IGotWhatYouNeed BBQ team 2018?


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