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The 5 Best Tools for Grilling Ribs

Grilling experts and enthusiasts have weighed in, and these are the cream of the crop for making heavenly ribs a reality.

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Sorbus Non-Stick Rib Rackvia

Sorbus Non-Stick Rib Rack

For space-conscious grillers, the Sorbus Non-Stick Rib Rack is an excellent tool. “Four racks of ribs can take up the lion’s share of grate space, lying flat,” says Mark Jenner of FoodFireFriends. “The rack cuts the space-hogging down by about two-thirds. Visually it’s a meat-eater’s delight, seeing several rib rows stacked alongside chicken or chops.”

Grilling ribs for a party has never been so efficient. It measures 11 inches x 10 inches x 3 inches and can hold four racks of ribs at a time. It can be used with a variety of grill models, ovens and smokers. Take your backyard barbecue to a whole new level with these 11 must-have grilling tools.

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BBQ Guru Rib Ringsvia

BBQ Guru Rib Rings

Another tool for grilling ribs that maximizes space, BBQ Guru Rib Rings are a genius invention that allows you to expand your cooking space by placing meat in an upright circular pattern.

“Somebody should get the Nobel Prize for this,” says Clint Cantwell of Amazing Ribs. “If you own a Weber Smokey Mountain, a round Kamado, a Weber Kettle or a drum smoker, you have felt the frustration of wanting to cook a lot of ribs for a party, and you just can’t get enough of them on. The Rib Ring solves the problem.”

The tool, which works on any cooker 18 inches or wider, can support the full length of three racks of trimmed ribs in the outermost ring, two racks in the middle, plus one rack of ribs or one whole chicken in the center ring. It also comes with a thermometer probe holder. Use the holder to make one of these amazing grilled rib recipes.

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Broil King Cast Rib Roastervia

Broil King Cast Rib Roaster

Speed up the process of grilling ribs without sacrificing quality with the Broil King Cast Rib Roaster. The tool has a stainless rack inside that keeps the ribs out of the juices, meaning they’ll steam instead of boil. You can roast at a much higher temperature in this high moist environment. Made of heavy cast iron with a stainless steel roasting rack, the tool contains a dimpled lid that continually bastes food. According to a steakhouse chef, these are the 8 essential grilling tools you need.

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CookinPellets Perfect Mix Smoking Pelletsvia

CookinPellets Perfect Mix Smoking Pellets

According to Mark Jenner of FoodFireFriends, “Pellet grills offer a distinctly satisfying alternative to traditional barbecues and smokers.” Despite there being a wide variety of pellets to choose from, not all are created equal. The best pellets for smoking combine a blend of different flavors.

“By using four of the most popular hardwoods, CookinPellets 40PM Perfect Mix deliver nothing but flavored smoke,” says Jenner. The blend contains a hickory base with cherry, hard maple and apple. CookinPellets only uses heartwoods, and never any bark. Bark can lead you to misread the internal temperature since it doesn’t burn at the same rate as wood.

“This blend should lend itself to just about anything you want to smoke, too. It’s a good introductory pellet for someone just starting out with a pellet grill thanks to its blend of quality pellets with a crowd-pleasing smoky taste,” says Jenner.

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Camp Chef SmokePro Pellet Grillvia

Camp Chef SmokePro Pellet Grill

“There are loads of different smokers on the market (I have pretty much collected one of each), but my favorite for smoking ribs lately is my Camp Chef SG Pellet Grill,” says Susie Bulloch of Hey Grill Hey.

The wood pellet grill and smoker has a grilling volume of 4850 cubic Inches and 811 square inches of rack surface area. It features an electric auto-igniter, automatic auger, simple temp select system, dual meat probes and dual LED temp readout. It even provides ash clean-out, pellet hopper clean-out and has 22 pounds of pellet hopper capacity.

“I’m able to get nice and consistent heat with just the right amount of smoke,” says Bulloch. “I especially love the amount of space on the grill grates, I can fit at least 8 racks of ribs between the main grate and the second shelf. I also appreciate the large size of the hopper so I don’t have to worry about refilling frequently with pellets.”

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