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The basic version is very simple. Put a pot of water only stove large enough to contain your ribs, add the ribs and cold water. Turn heat on high, bring to a boil and let cool.
There are a lot of variations on this, some of which include adding to boiling water, or even using a pressure cooker to not just parboil, but really cook and make tender.
The benefits of parboiling (or fully boiling/cooking) include faster cook times on the BBQ, less dripping of fat to cause flareups, and more tender ribs.
This can also be done in advance so that you can grill up the ribs quickly at a picnic, tailgaiting, etc.
A few tips:
-Trip off the thick membrane on the bottom of the rack of tibs and cut down a bit between the ribs.
-Season the water with salt, peppers, garlic powder, and other spices.