The only real drawback to cooking ribs—yes, believe it or not, there is one—is the fact that they take up a lot of space. Lay two racks of baby backs horizontally on your grill and all your prime real estate is pretty much taken up. The issue only gets worse with the space-hogging spareribs. There is, however, a simple solution: cook the ribs upright in a specially designed rib rack.
This handy contraption basically doubles the capacity of your grill, which means you can go from two or three racks to five or six. Now that’s a cookout. What’s more, by suspending the ribs vertically, excess fat and grease can easily drip off. Simply position the ribs with the wide end facing up and prepare yourself for succulent, perfectly cooked (and healthy-ish) ribs.
Here, four of the best rib racks on Amazon to christen at your next cookout.
1. Mydracas BBQ Rib Racks
Designed for ardent carnivores, Mydracas’ extra-large design can hold up to seven racks of ribs, as well as pork chops, chicken breasts or anything else that can fit in between the support bars. Forged from 100 percent 304 stainless steel, the hardwearing rack will not rust or corrode and can handle extremely high heat. It’s also designed to promote all-around airflow and ensure each rib gets evenly cooked. With the largest capacity on our list, this rib rack is perfect for cookouts and parties.
2. Broil King Rib Rack
Broil King has opted for quality over quantity with its rib rack. Capable of holding up to five racks of ribs, it’s one of the smallest options on our list but features premium construction. The frame is made from high-grade stainless steel and is both durable and stylish. In addition to ribs, the multi-purpose design can hold large cuts of meat on the upper concave and is great for roasting. It’s also fitted with oversized handles to ensure it can be easily and safely moved around.
3. Leadrise BBQ Rib Rack
Somewhat of an outlier on this list, Leadrise’s rib rack is the only design to feature a special non-stick coating, which ensures your ribs can be removed easily every time. This is ideal if you plan to go gung-ho with a sticky barbecue sauce. The frame spans 12 inches in length and can fit up to five ribs at the same time. It’s crafted from stainless steel and features thick bars and firm welding that will see it stand the test of time.
4. Premiala Rib Rack
Designed for the most meticulous grillers, Premiala’s rib rack features a special spot for your temperature probe. This means you can easily check how hot or cold your ribs are and avoid overcooking the entire rack. Crafted from tough-as-nails stainless steel, the rack can hold up to six ribs at once. On top of that, it’s super easy to clean. Simply let it soak for five to 10 minutes, then throw it straight in the dishwasher.