Sunday, June 17, 2012

Perfect Baked Ribs

This isn't a recipe per se, but rather an easy way to cook perfectly tender juicy 'falls off the bones' ribs in your oven.  While this method is best served using baby back ribs, I used country ribs here because they were on sale. And it's very simply this:

  • Any kind of porks ribs
  • Any kind of bottled or homemade BBQ sauce
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, Brown Sugar for rub.
If you are using baby back ribs, you want to remove the membrane on the back by slitting it with a knife and pulling it off. (It comes off pretty easily.) Break your ribs down into small portions (like three to four ribs per) and tear off a sheets of aluminum foil big enough to fully enclose each.  Spray your foil pieces with cooking spray. Shake your rub stuff over the meat and using one or two fingers just rub it into the meat. You can change rub ingredients according to taste or use some prepackaged rub...but these guys work fine and are generally in every kitchen.

Seal up your foil into nice tight little packets and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. (I like to ready them the night before I plan on baking them since it only takes a few minutes.) (And its nice to get it out of the way.)  I also wrap a couple of sweet potatoes with a pat of butter each because they bake perfectly with these in the same amount of time.

When you are ready to cook them, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 c.)  Open each little pack just a little, cover your ribs with some BBQ sauce, reseal it, and bake at 300 for two hours forty five minutes.  When time is up, open your foil packets, add more sauce, and stick your tray under the broiler for five minutes.

What you come out with is unbelievably tender, visually pleasing ribs.

 Serve it with your big ol' sweet potato and a nice crispy salad!

Remind your family what this would have cost them in a restaurant and then pass around a tip jar. 
It really is that simple!