Nothing can beat the appetizing taste of barbecued ribs with dripping apple BBQ sauce. However, cooking them properly with the tasty barbecue sauce needs great care and strategy. Any slight mistake can ruin the flavor of your barbecued meat and turn it into a horrific experience. No matter whether you are grilling beef or lamb ribs, there are a few things, which you should keep in mind when applying any fruit-based BBQ sauce.
Applying Too Early
Some cooks might want to apply the barbecue sauce on them even before placing them on the hot grill. Others prefer to apply the sauce just as the meat starts cooking. However, both these strategies might not end well because applying the BBQ sauce too early would burn the sugar content in the sauce as you wait for the ribs to cook properly. This would add a bad flavor to the meat. At times, the sauce might even turn gooey and give a strange texture to your barbecued ribs.
Applying Too Late
Some barbecuers wait until the meat is fully cooked and taken out of the grill to apply the sauce. Doing so would not burn apple BBQ sauce, but it would also mean that the barbecued ribs did not get a chance to absorb the delicious flavors of the sauce well. Grilled meats soak in flavors in the best way when they are being cooked, so applying BBQ sauce after they are taken out of the grill would not fuse the rich taste of the fruit-based sauce in the barbecued ribs.
The Right Time
The perfect time to apply barbecue sauce would be when the ribs are halfway done or about 10 to 15 minutes before they would be ready to take out of the grill. This would make sure that the sugar content in the BBQ sauce caramelizes a little and adds a balanced flavor to the barbecued ribs. Besides, the rich flavor of your favorite apple BBQ sauce would also blend well with the meat when you apply it at the right time. There would not be any risks of burning the sauce either.
When you are applying the sauce on the ribs on the grill, make sure to give them a nice and thick coating. You can even add two to three thin coats to get a more sticky and flavorsome surface on ribs as per your liking. Just make certain that you move the ribs to a less hot part of the grill as soon as you see any flare-ups while applying the sauce.