Pork ribs on a Weber kettle rotisserie are a thing of beauty. This technique produces a delicious, crispy rack of ribs that is ready to eat in 90 minutes. These ribs are not “fall off the bone” tender like you get from a six hour cook in the smoker. This is a great technique to learn as it makes ribs something you can grill any weeknight instead of waiting for the weekend and dedicating a whole afternoon to tending a smoker.
I prepped the ribs (a rack of St Louis spares) by taking the off membrane, drying them off with paper towels and adding a solid coating of Dizzy Dust. There is a ton of different ways to season the ribs but the important thing to remember is to not use a high sugar type of rub that typically is employed when slow smoking these guys. You are going to be using high heat and sugar is going to burn. Here are some ideas other folks went with when they grilled ribs with a rotisserie:
- Herb Encrusted Baby Back Ribs
- Herb Encrusted Baby Back Ribs 2
- Herbs de Provence and Paprika
- And here is another!
I slit some holes in the ribs between the bones and threaded the ribs onto the rotisserie like this:
I placed a drip pan beneath the ribs and filled the charcoal baskets on either side of my Weber kettle completely full with lit Kingsford. I turned the motor on, closed the lid and walked away for about an hour. My bottom vents and top vent were completely open. The kettle was running pretty hot, about 400F.
The aroma or pork ribs roasting on a rotisserie is freaking fabulous. It just has to be said.
So now comes the hard part…keeping the lid closed. I have to look; I can’t help it. You can see how crispy the ribs are getting; that sight and that smell really triggered something primal!
I shot a little video (1 minute) of the ribs spinning at this point.
I closed the lid and let the rotisserie spin for another 15 minutes then opened it back up to brush the ribs with some Sweet Baby Ray barbecue sauce. Check out the color on these ribs before I added the sauce; beautiful!
I closed the lid and let the sauce set for another 15 minutes then too those bad boys off and let them cool on a baking sheet. These are delicious, easy, fun and a great idea for using your Weber kettle rotisserie for a weeknight grilling adventure!