Tony Roma’s Ribs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’ve made baby back ribs on my Char-Broil Big Easy before and they’ve come out great. After watching a TV show segment on Tony Roma’s ribs I decided that I needed to try the same technique using my Big Easy. And boy, did they come out packed with flavor. Tender, almost-fall-off-the-bone meat. Perfectly tasty. And, a key in my book, not over-sauced. Just like they said on the TV show, you want to taste the meat. There are ribs there. Taste them!

Tony Roma's RIbs on the Char-Broil Big EasyThe recipe steps may look like a lot of work, but these Tony Roma’s ribs are actually quite easy to make. Marinade overnight, cook for a while, brush with sauce, cook a bit longer to set the sauce, slice and serve. Done. If you prefer a more traditional ketchup-based BBQ sauce on your ribs try my copcyat of Tony Roma’s Blue Ridge Smokies sauce.

I do not like for my rib meat to be completely fall-off-the-bone. I like a little ‘tug’ to it and that’s what I got after 90 minutes. If you prefer your ribs to be even more tender, leave them in for the full 2 hours.

Also check out my St. Louis-style ribs made on the Big Easy.

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Tony Roma's RIbs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need the Big Easy rib hooks or fashion your own from stainless hooks or wire.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 14 hours 15 minutes
Servings 1 rack
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 rack pork baby back ribs trimmed of any lose fat
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco any vinegary hot sauce will do and don't be afraid to add more
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Cut the ribs in half if they are too long to fit into your Big Easy.
  • Place the ribs in resealable container or baggie.
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and let simmer until reduce by half and thickened, 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and let cool.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the sauce and pour the remaining sauce over the ribs. Coat well, seal, and refrigerate overnight. Turn occasionally to let the marinade get on all sides of the ribs.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Cut a small lit in one end of the ribs and insert the rib hooks.
  • Place the ribs on a piece of foil. Pour any remaining marinade from the overnight marinate (NOT the marinade you reserved) over the ribs and seal TIGHTLY. You want the foil seam to be at the top, near the hooks and the bottom of the ribs sealed so the juices and marinade does not leak out.
  • Hang ribs in the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook for 90 minutes to 2 hours. After 90 minutes the ribs will be tender with a bit of a 'bite', meaning the mean will gently pull away from the bones. The meat will pull away from the bones about an inch on the ends. If you want your ribs to be completely fall-off-the-bone leave them in for the full 2 hours.
  • Remove the ribs from the Big Easy and remove them from the foil. Do not remove the rib hooks.
  • Brush the ribs with half of the reserved marinade and return to the Big Easy for 5 minutes.
  • Remove ribs from the cooker and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Brush with last of the reserved marinade and serve.

St. Louis Ribs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I could not have been happier with how great these St. Louis-style ribs on the Char-Broil Big Easy came out. They were cooked high-and-fast on my Char-Broil Big Easy.The Big Easy is a great cooker for a whole lot of things. Although I’ve cooked baby back ribs on my Big Easy, my favorite rib is the spare rib because of the additional fat (flavor). When you cut them St. Louis-style you end up with a beautiful piece of pig meat, perfect for the Big Easy.

Making ribs on the Big Easy couldn’t get much easier. I rubbed down the ribs the night before with my no-burn rib rub. The next day I fired up my Big Easy. I decided to coil my ribs so they fit in the bottom of the cooker. If I’d had put in the Big Easy bunk bed basket I think I could’ve cooked two full racks at once. You could also cut the rack in half and hang it in the cooker using the Big Easy rib hooks.

It took about ninety minutes until the meat was starting to pull back from the bones. I slathered some of my Bourbon Street BBQ sauce onto the ribs and let them cook just a bit longer. This gave them a bit of a crunchy outer layer.

St. Louis Ribs on the Char-Broil Big EasyWhen the ribs were done I removed them from the cooker, uncoiled them, and let them rest for about 15 minutes. Then I sliced them and proceeded to enjoy some of the best ribs I’ve had. Not fall-off-the-bone ribs, those are overdone. You want a little tug, a little bite, to your ribs. These have that. And they’re juicy, oh so juicy, just like everything else I’ve cooked on the Big Easy. These are great ribs.

Also check out my Tony Roma’s baby back ribs made on the Big Easy.

You can also make delicious St Louis-style ribs on a smoker or gas grill!

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St. Louis Ribs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 14 hours
Servings 1 rack
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 rack spare ribs cut St. Louis style
  • No-Burn Rib Rub
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce if desired (Note that if you use a sauce that contains a lot of sugar you will really need to keep an eye on the ribs or the sauce may burn. I used my Bourbon Street sauce, which definitely has brown sugar in it!)
  • Big Easy kabobs or rib hooks optional

Instructions

  • Place the ribs on a large piece of foil and sprinkle rub on both sides.
  • Rub in slightly then seal.
  • Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.
  • Fire up your Big Easy. To fit the ribs into the cooker you'll either need to coil them as I did (I found this to be easier to do with the Big Easy kabob insert as a kind of holder) or cut them if they are too long and use the Big Easy rib hooks to hang them.
  • Cook the ribs for 90 minutes. You should see the meat pulling back from the bone about1/2" - 1". If not, let them cook a bit longer.
  • Slather the ribs with sauce, if desired. Note that if you use a sauce that contains a lot of sugar you will really need to keep an eye on the ribs or the sauce may burn. Return ribs to cooker for 15-30 minutes or until they have a nice crust on them.
  • Remove, let rest for 10-15 minutes, then slice and serve. If desired, have additional warmed BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.

Italian Sausage Baby Back Ribs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

A little bit ago I made Italian “sausage” baby back ribs on the Char-Broil The Big Easy for the first time. I was really impressed with how well they came out. Tender, juicy, and tasty. Just another reason that my Big Easy is one of my favorite “grills”.

Italian Sausage Baby Back Ribs on the Char-Broil Big EasyI was looking for a different take on ribs, something other than the “usual” BBQ-flavor, when I came across a recipe for ribs with the flavor of Italian sausage (oh my!). I knew right then that I was going to make them on my Big Easy.

The resulting Italian “sausage” baby back ribs is fantastic. They taste just like Italian sausage, with a wonderful twist. Again, tender and juicy. And with the hint (not overpowering) of fennel and the other seasonings found in Italian sausage. The orange glaze is absolutely to die for. The brown sugar gives the ribs a bit of a crust, a crunchy exterior. The glaze is not overly sweet thanks to rice wine vinegar, orange juice and zest, and chile paste (yum! a nice kick!). These are some of the best ribs I’ve ever had or made, and I’ve made a lot of them, from on the grill, on the smoker, and now on the Big Easy.

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Italian Sausage Baby Back Ribs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 13 hours 30 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

For the brine

  • 2 racks baby back ribs trimmed to fit the Big Easy (alternatively, if you have a particularly large rack, just halve it and the remaining ingredients). Remove the membrane from the backs of the ribs and trim any large chunks of fat.
  • 32 ounces apple cider or juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup loose packed brown sugar

For the rub

  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds lightly ground
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the glaze

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup orange juice 2 big oranges
  • 2/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili paste

Instructions

  • Place the ribs into a resealable container.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the brine ingredients. Pour over the ribs and seal.
  • Refrigerate 12 hours, turning the ribs occasionally.
  • Fire up your big easy
  • Attach ribs to the rib hooks. Attach ribs to the Big Easy and lower into the cooker. Cook 35 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the rub by combining all ingredients.
  • Rub ribs generously with the rub (being careful to not burn yourself on the rib hooks!). Wrap the ribs in foil, making sure that the rib hooks stick out enough to be used.
  • Return ribs to the Big Easy and cook another 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the glaze by combining all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and simmer until reduced by half.
  • Remove ribs from the Big Easy and remove the foil. Brush ribs on all sides with the glaze and return to the cooker for 10 minutes. Add more glaze and cook another 5 minutes or until the desired color is achieved.
  • Let ribs rest 10 minutes before slicing.