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Bark Mon, 03/3/08 10:31 PM (permalink)
I almost never BBQ but how do you get a good bark on ribs when grilling/baking them?
    John A

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    RE: Bark Tue, 03/4/08 7:19 AM (permalink)
    Use a rub with sugar added. If grilling do so indirect at low to medium low temps or you will burn the rub. Sorry, cannot help you with baking in an oven as I've never done that.

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      RE: Bark Tue, 03/4/08 1:10 PM (permalink)
      If your doing it in the oven start out on broil for about 10 minutes, then drop the temp way down, 225-250 till the internal reads 195

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        RE: Bark Tue, 03/4/08 2:00 PM (permalink)
        I occasionally use a thin slather of yellow mustard or mustard + worcestershire sauce between the rub and the meat to help with bark formation. If the ribs cook for a long time at low heat the final product won't have a mustardy taste. Caveat: this is how I cook them in my smoker and have never tried this with oven-baked ribs.

        Occasionally spritzing with a 50/50 mix of apple juice and cider vinegar during cooking seems to enhance the bark as well.


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          RE: Bark Wed, 03/5/08 3:03 PM (permalink)
          As John said before use a rub with sugar in it before indirect grilling

          or for a wet style bark (glaze) start with your rub, then baste the ribs with a TN or KC style sauce during the last few minutes of grilling, so the sauce will thicken and carmelize.

          I don't like mustard on my ribs, but I do like it when doing a Boston Butt.

          If you "bake" them, then Brad has the right idea with basting with apple juice or apple cider mix, this will help brown and carmelize the meat giving you the "bark"

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