Do you glaze ribs before or after cooking?

Answered by Amado Berg

When it comes to glazing ribs, there is some debate about whether to glaze them before or after cooking. However, in my experience as an expert sommelier and brewer, I find that glazing the ribs before cooking yields the best results.

Firstly, pre-glazing the ribs allows the flavors of the glaze to penetrate the meat as it cooks, resulting in a more flavorful and succulent final product. By applying the glaze before cooking, the heat of the grill or oven helps to caramelize the sugars in the glaze, creating a deliciously sticky and sweet exterior on the ribs.

To achieve the perfect glaze, I recommend applying it to the meat side of the ribs only, as this is where the glaze will have the most contact and flavor absorption. Be sure to apply a thin coat of the glaze, as too much can lead to a overly sweet or sticky result.

Timing is crucial when glazing ribs. I suggest applying the first coat of glaze approximately 45 minutes before the ribs are expected to be done. This allows enough time for the glaze to set and begin caramelizing, while still ensuring that it doesn't burn during the cooking process.

After the initial glaze application, it's important to resist the temptation to constantly check on the ribs. Opening the grill or oven frequently can cause temperature fluctuations and extend the cooking time. Instead, let the glaze work its magic undisturbed.

Around 20 minutes after the first glaze application, it's time to apply a second coat. This additional layer helps to reinforce the flavors and create a beautiful glaze on the ribs. Again, be sure to apply a thin and even coat to avoid overpowering the ribs.

Once the second glaze has been applied, it's important to leave the ribs alone until they are fully cooked. Avoid peeking or opening the grill/oven unnecessarily, as this can disrupt the cooking process and affect the final texture of the ribs.

Glazing ribs before cooking allows the flavors to penetrate the meat and creates a deliciously sticky and sweet exterior. Apply the glaze to the meat side only, with a thin coat, approximately 45 minutes before the ribs are done. Apply a second coat 20 minutes later. Avoid peeking and let the glaze work its magic undisturbed. Enjoy the mouthwatering results of perfectly glazed ribs!