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12 Awesome Ideas For Pork Ribs On Memorial Day Weekend You Can Grill Outdoors In 6 Hours

Ribs are one of my most favorite type of foods to cook on the grill. They are also one of the best type of meats to serve at friends get-together such Memorial Day weekend. I never have to worry if it will rain, as pork ribs can easily be cooked in a slow cooker, oven or instant pot as well. These are a staple food in my family! #MemorialDayPartyIdeas #MemorialDayFoodIdeas

​Are you searching for the perfect Memorial Day weekend food to serve your family and friends this year? If the answer is yes, I have the solution for you. Pork Ribs!

​Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start to grilling season, throwing a couple racks of pork ribs on your grill or smoker is a fantastic way to begin!​

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​Why Should You ​Serve Pork Ribs For Memorial Day Weekend?

Memorial Day weekend is a very special time in my family. The purpose of this holiday​ is to remember and honor those who have passed while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We attend Memorial Day services at my community back home and make it a big event with family.

Anytime family comes together, there needs to be food! A great way ​to accommodate them while they sit around and visit is ​by slow cooking some awesome meat such as pork ribs.

​If you've never ​eaten pork ribs from the grill or haven't tried making them yourself, you are missing out. Ribs are an American classic meal but are really popular all over the world. 

​Aside from the ​amazing taste, another thing that I like about preparing ribs is how low maintenance they are. The prep work is easy and once on the grill, you can walk away and get other activities done without babysitting the ribs while they are cooking. 

​Also, you will probably find ​the delicious smell from your grill will bring your neighbors around for a bit of socializing. Food has a way of uniting people and anytime you can get to know a neighbor better is a win in my book. You never know when this might be handy!  ​

​Are There Different Cuts Of Pork Ribs?

​​There are 4 different cuts of pork ribs and they each have their unique attributes.

1. Baby Back Ribs

​Out of the four cuts of ribs, baby back ribs are the leanest but yet are very meaty. They are the most expensive cut for a reason! They are located high on the hog and are very versatile and hard to mess up. A great choice for someone who is grilling ribs for the first time.

2. Pork Spare Ribs

​Spare ribs are located much lower, towards the belly of the pig which means they are a fattier cut than baby backs. They are very flavorful however and are popular. Spare ribs just require a bit more cooking time to melt away the fat.

3. St. Louis Style Ribs

​St. Louis Style Ribs are basically a trimmed up version of spare ribs. Instead of a somewhat rounded slab, they are cut and squared off eliminating some of the excess trimmings which aren't needed. Again, a very flavorful style with a bit more fat.

4. Country Style Pork Ribs

Country Style Pork Ribs will give you the most meat for your buck. The trade off is they need to be cooked slower to tenderize all of that glorious meat. This cut is made from the upper shoulder end of the loin. These are great for the oven or slow cooker.

​​What Kind Of Pork Ribs Should I Make? 

​​​The simple answer is, "all of them​!" However, this is probably not realistic for your Memorial Day weekend plans.

I would suggest choosing between baby back ribs and St. Louis Style ribs for your event.

As mentioned earlier, baby backs are great for beginners as they are hard to mess up. They are lean, low maintenance to prep and are a good quality rib.

The St. Louis Style ribs are a great choice too because although they have a bit more fat and trimmings to remove, the flavor really stands out.

Both cuts require about the same amount of time to prep and cook.

No matter which style you choose, you can make a fantastic meal your family and or friends will talk about for the foreseeable future.

​How Do I Cook Pork Ribs Outdoors or Indoors In Case Of Rain?

​The hands down, very best way to cook pork ribs is outside on a grill or smoker. There simply is no substitute to the flavor and pure enjoyment you will get from preparing your ribs this way.

The key for cooking ribs is to remember, low and slow. Meaning low temperature and a slow cook, as in allowing for about 6 hours of grill time. This amount of time is critical for not only flavor, but for the tenderness of the meat.

In case weather decides to rain on your cooking parade, you can certainly use a slow cooker or the oven to cook your ribs. I've had a few occasions where I had to do exactly that. Nothing like getting half way through the grilling process and a stray thunderstorm moves in. But fear not, the ribs will still be delicious.

Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipes

​Out of the four cuts of ribs, baby back ribs are the leanest but yet are very meaty. They are the most expensive cut of ribs for a reason! They are located high on the hog and are very versatile and hard to mess up. Baby back pork ribs are a great choice for someone who is grilling ribs for the first time. These can also be cooked in the oven or in an instant pot if the weather does not cooperate outside. #BabyBackRibsInOven #BabyBackRibsInstantPot

​3-2-1 BBQ Baby Back Ribs 

​Currently, my favorite baby back rib recipe is the 3-2-1 BBQ Baby Back Ribs recipe. This recipe is designed for a Traeger pellet smoker which is also what we have and use, but really you can use it on any smoker or regular grill.  

​It's the perfect, easy recipe that will deliver outstanding flavor ​and makes your ribs tender and succulent.

​Gas Grill Baby Back Ribs Recipe

​For those who prefer grilling on a gas grill, here is a recipe just for you. You'll notice quite a decreased cooking time compared to the 3-2-1 recipe above. In 3 hours or less, you can have ribs hot off the grill!

Also, there is a recommended overnight marinade which will be sure to make your ribs burst with flavor.

​Sticky Oven Barbecue Ribs

​Sometimes, the weather just doesn't cooperate with your outdoor cooking plans. During these times, you need an oven recipe that is finger licking good. Look no further than the Sticky Oven Barbecue Ribs recipe.

Fair warning, the pictures will make your stomach growl!

​Pork Spare​ Ribs Recipes

​Spare ribs are located much lower, towards the belly of the pig which means they are a fattier cut than baby backs. They are very flavorful however and are popular. Spare ribs just require a bit more cooking time to melt away the fat which makes them a great choice for cooking on a smoker or in the oven. #SpareRibsInTheOven #SpareRibsCrockpot

​Not Your Every Day Smoked Pork Spare​ Ribs

​Fire up your smoker and throw a big slab of spare ribs on and use this recipe to make your ribs sweet and spicy. The blackened bark on the ribs will look and taste tremendous!

​Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

​These saucy oven baked ribs will make your taste buds water! With a homemade bbq sauce and frequent basting, this recipe won't be short on flavor.

​​Asian BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

​Want to change up the flavor profile a bit on your next batch of ribs? Check out this Asian BBQ Pork Spare Ribs recipe. A quick look at the ingredients will tell you this isn't your normal type of rib sauce. Yum! 

​St. Louis Style Pork Ribs Recipes

​St. Louis Style Ribs are basically a trimmed up version of spare ribs. Instead of a somewhat rounded slab, they are cut and squared off eliminating some of the excess trimmings which aren't needed. This is a very flavorful style of ribs with a bit more fat and are excellent for grilling or even in an instant pot. #St.LouisStyleRibsInstantPot #St.LouiStyleRibsOven

​Competition St. Louis Style Ribs

This recipe (and video) comes from a competitive BBQer so you know it's going to be good. Christie's recipe ​uses the 3-2-1 cooking method and even includes some inside knowledge regarding what BBQ judges look for in their ribs!

​St. Louis Style Pork Ribs Gas Grill and Oven Recipe

​Undecided if you want to use your gas grill or oven? Here are delicious recipes for both versions along with a good description and pictures of the cuts of ribs.

​​Fall Off The Bone Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs

​Get your smoker warmed up for this one! An excellent step-by-step instructional guide with video on how to smoke a tremendous rack of ribs. I enjoyed the emphasis on getting the final bit of char on the ribs. I certainly will be modifying my own recipe to ​include this next time! 

​Country Style Ribs Recipes

Country Style Pork Ribs will give you the most meat for your buck. The trade off is they need to be cooked slower to tenderize all of that glorious meat. This cut is made from the upper shoulder end of the loin. These are great for the oven or slow cooker. #CrockPotRecipes #CrockPotMeals

​Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

​Want to make Country Style Ribs in a short amount of time? No problem if you have an Instant Pot. With a total cook time of 45 minutes, this Instant Pot Country Style Ribs recipe will deliver a wonderful home cooked meal in a fraction of the time!

​Braised Country Style Ribs Recipe

​Are you craving some comfort food and not sure how to satisfy your appetite? Try this Braised Country Style Ribs recipe. This is perfect for an evening meal when you just want to stay indoors.

​Grilled Country Style Ribs

​Even though Country Style Ribs are often done indoors in an oven or slow cooker, they can be done on a grill. This awesome Grilled Country Style Ribs recipe calls for a dry rub instead of BBQ sauce. No worries, you can still add the sauce if you want to of course! 

By grilling, you will get a nice crust on the meat. Tasty!!!

​Final Thoughts On Grill​ing Pork Ribs For Your Next Outdoor Cookout This Summer

​If you have a big holiday event such as Memorial Day weekend coming up, one of the best ways to kick off the start of summer is by firing up a grill. 

Slow cooking meat such as delicious pork ribs is a great way to serve your family and pass the time visiting.

If you have all day to slow cook pork ribs on a smoker, try some ​baby back pork ribs as these are an excellent cut of meat, and pretty easy for first time grillers.

No need to fear if you have rain, any type of pork ribs can be finished off in the oven. I always prefer my meat to fall off the bone which can take a few hours, but it's worth it!

Get creative with your pork ribs! Try the different style of cuts, marinating it and different sauces or rubs. We suggested a few recipes today for you to try but the possibilities are endless! 

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​What's Your Favorite Style Of Pork Ribs? Comment below!​

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