Rib Racks

Published July 1, 2010. From Cook's Illustrated.

A standard kettle grill can’t hold more than two racks of ribs laid flat. Enter rib racks, which hold at least four slabs upright on the grill grate.

Overview:

A standard kettle grill can’t hold more than two racks of ribs laid flat. Enter rib racks, which hold at least four slabs upright on the grill grate. All three models we tested turned out smoky, moist ribs with good bark, so design details decided the winner. The small, angled slots in one otherwise-sturdy product left longer racks drooping and curling over the heat. Another suffered the opposite problem: Its straight (not slanted) walls held the racks upright, and the extra-tall design elevated the ribs within inches of the grill lid. We preferred the rack that stood out for sturdily-supporting six racks of ribs. Flipped upside down, it doubles as a roasting rack, big enough to cook a whole chicken or even a small turkey. Its nonstick surface made cleanup a breeze—a plus, since it’s not dishwasher-safe.

A standard kettle grill can’t hold more than two racks of ribs laid flat. Enter rib racks, which hold at least four slabs upright on the grill grate. All three models we tested turned out smoky, moist ribs with good bark, so design details decided the winner. The small, angled slots in one otherwise-sturdy product left longer racks drooping and curling over the heat. Another suffered the opposite problem: Its straight (not slanted) walls held the racks upright, and the extra-tall design elevated the ribs within inches of the grill lid. We preferred the rack that stood out for sturdily-supporting six racks of ribs. Flipped upside down, it doubles as a roasting rack, big enough to cook a whole chicken or even a small turkey. Its nonstick surface made cleanup a breeze—a plus, since it’s not dishwasher-safe.

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