I checked the Barbecued RIbs FAQ and I didn't find an answer to this question.
I'm going to try Steven's First-timer's Ribs from RROR tomorrow on my Weber kettle. I've got all the stuff I need to follow Steven's recipe exactly, which is my objective for my first attempt to cook ribs using the 325 to 350 indirect charcoal grilling method that Steven describes in RROR. The recipe says this takes 1.25 to 1.5 hours, so I plan to start my charcoal around 10:30 AM and have the food on the table between noon and 01:00 PM.
I picked up three racks of loin backs at Costco today. I've got two questions to start with.
First question: These ribs are packed wet in heavy sealed plastic. They are not dry as they normally are at the grocery store meat counter. Do I need to open these up, rinse and pat them dry, and let them sit in an open pan in the fridge to dry them out some before I rub them?
Second question: What is the longest time I should allow the dry rub to sit in contact with the ribs? That is, once I rub them, do I need to cook them within some certain number of hours? Can I put the rub on before going to bed and leave it on 10 or 12 hours, or should I wait and put the rub on early tomorrow morning?
I'm getting hungry just thinking about eating ribs tomorrow.