I have seen many recipes that ask for the ribs to be pre-cooked before finishing on the barbecue. The recipe asks that the ribs be separated and then boiled for some time. Oops…I think this method not only toughens the meat but a lot of flavour goes into that water. I use another method that keeps the ribs juicy and tender.
To Precook Ribs:
Place the rib racks in an oiled roasting pan, layering if necessary. Between the layers place slices of onion, salt and pepper and other seasonings that might be in the barbecue sauce such as garlic and ginger. Put approximately ¼ to ½ cup water over the ribs, cover with 2 layers of tin foil and place in a 350 F preheated oven for 35 – 40 minutes. When the ribs are removed from the oven, leave the foil on until they are ready to be finished on the barbecue.