Tender Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs Recipe
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Recipe for BBQ Ribs Baked in the Oven
According to a 2007 poll conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 77 percent of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker. But what if you're among the 23% who doesn't own a grill? Are you doomed to a bleak existence, void of the comfort of homemade barbecue ribs?
Imagine you're a Midwesterner transplanted in Phoenix and barbecue restaurants are far and few between. Are you out of luck? Or visualize another scenario: it's the dead of winter. Tree limbs, heavy with ice, look like actors bowing during an encore. You can't imagine braving the cold, let alone trudging through the snow drifts that separate you from your barbecue grill. But you can't stop thinking about tender, saucy, melt-in-your-mouth ribs.
Take heart! Although barbecuing is synonomous to grilling in the United States, the original definition of "barbecue" was to slow-cook meat over an indirect heat source, such as in a pit heated with charcoal or wood. This method was developed to tenderize tough cuts of meat. Although your Master Griller may beg to differ, it's not a sacrilege to roast ribs in the oven. Any time of year, almost anywhere you live, you can enjoy a finger-licking barbecue feast.
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Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs
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- 4 pounds pork or beef spareribs or country-style pork ribs
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup black pepper
- 1/4 cup paprika, smoked if available
- 2 Tablespoons cumin
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder, chipotle if available
- 2 teaspoons cayenne (optional)
- your favorite barbecue sauce
- Combine sugars and spices.
- Pour rub on both sides of ribs. Wrap ribs in aluminum foil, in a single layer, and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. You should have two foil packets.
- The next day, remove ribs from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
- Open foil packets and pour about one cup of barbecue sauce over each slab of ribs. Carefully re-seal foil packets. Place ribs on two baking sheets and slide into preheated oven, on oven racks in the highest position.
- After ribs have baked for an hour, flip them over.
- After ribs have baked another hour, open foil packets. Pour another cup of barbecue sauce over each slab of ribs and return them to the oven, uncovered.
- Bake ribs for one more hour, basting every 20 minutes with more barbecue sauce if so desired.
- Serve ribs with extra sauce on the side.