Friday, July 8, 2011

From My Kitchen: Barbecue Ribs

A couple years ago my neighbor taught me the secret to making tender, juicy, delicious pork ribs. And now I'm sharing that secret with you. It's so easy!

This isn't so much a recipe as a cooking technique. You can cook any kind of pork ribs: spare ribs, country style, baby backs and season them however you like. My favorites are baby back ribs seasoned with Famous Dave's Rib Rub and sauced with either Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce or Famous Dave's Sweet & Zesty sauce.

Here's the recipe/cooking technique:

Easy Barbecue Ribs
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Wrap a baking sheet in aluminum foil. Season your ribs thoroughly on all sides. I like to use Famous Dave's Rib Rub, but you can season them however you like. Place the ribs on the baking sheet and cover completely with aluminum foil, sealing the ribs in tightly. Place the baking sheet (or two or more, if you're cooking lots!) with your ribs in the oven. Immediately turn the temperature down to 175 degrees. Walk away and let them cook.

After a couple hours start trying to ignore the delicious smells coming from your oven. About 6-8 hours later, remove the ribs from the oven. Open the foil to reveal tender, delicious ribs. At this point you can sauce the ribs and serve them, but to really make them good, finish them on the grill.

When it comes to the grill, I'm a charcoal purist, but gas works too. Throw the ribs on the grill over hot coals for about 3-4 minutes per side to sear them and give them a nice smoky flavor. Mop them with your favorite sauce in the final couple minutes of cooking. You don't want to add the barbecue sauce too early or the sugar will burn.

Serve with sweet corn, vinegar coleslaw and watermelon and you'll have a meal to remember.


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