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ancho chile powder
freshly ground black pepper
ground cayenne pepper
ground dried chipotle pepper
baby back pork ribs
This is a 10 star recipe - the best & easiest method to make ribs. As indicated - use your favorite dry rub and your favorite BBQ sauce but use this low and slow method. For make ahead 'ready to BBQ Ribs' I usually coat the ribs in the dry rub and wrap tightly and let sit in the refrigerator over night. Bake at 250 for at LEAST 2 hours - sometimes they take longer. Then I let them cool in the package - drain the juices out of the package and store in the refrigerator until we are ready to grill. Finishing them on the grill, using indirect heat is so easy and there is virtually no clean up other than to wipe your chops and toss the bones. Enjoy!
I do a few things differently. Most important is to get the membrane off the back of the ribs instead of just pricking them . Bone side up, make a shallow slice mid way through the rack, then using a paper towel, lift and pull the membrane off the rib bone, it generally comes off easily. Makes a huge difference! I also use my own dry rub mix but that's personal preference. to get them crispy, I throw them on the grill after baking 2.5 hours. when I'm making them for a crowd, I'll bake them in the morning, open the foil and slather on BBQ sauce, then rewrap the foil and ket them rest all day until it's time to throw them on the grill. This way I can enjoy my guests and still serve great ribs!
If it's a rainy day, I'll put them under the broiler for about 10-15 minutes instead of grilling, we like our ribs moist with the outside crispy and not so dripping with sauce.
On the positive, this is a good recipe but don't be afraid to adjust the seasoning to your liking. We don't use white sugar at all, the dark sugar adds to the caramelization of the finished ribs and we use a lot less salt. Low and slow is the way way to go when it comes to finger licking, fall off the bone ribs! Enjoy!!
Finger lickin' good! The key to "fall-off the bones" tender ribs is in the cooking method - low and slow is the way to go and this method is perfect for anytime you want ribs or if it happens to be raining and you can't grill. And, as Chef John states this works with any dry rub and bbq sauce. So, you can use your favorite combination or get creative -either way you're in for a treat! I used the rub in the recipe, but played with it a bit to use what I had on hand. I cut the recipe in half because we had a small rack of baby back ribs and since I didn't have dried chipolte pepper I subbed garlic powder instead. For the bbq sauce I opted for KC Masterpiece. We finished these on the grill over low heat basting just as the recipe states for the last 20 minutes. This was so simple and so delicious - perfect with a side of coleslaw and cornbread!
I made this yesterday wowie was it ever good! I didn't have "ancho" chile powder so I used regular chile powder in its place. Also didn't have chipotle pepper. I added some garlic powder. The meat was so tender I actually couldn't cut through it...fell right off the bone! Overall this will be my GO TO recipe for ribs! Thanks Chef John!
This recipe will give you good tender ribs. With that said, there is nothing special about the recipe itself. Like Chef John says, you can really season it with anything you want. All I had on hand was the white and brown sugars, plain chili powder and salt and pepper. I did add some bbq seasoning to it to add extra flavor sicne I did not have those other seasonings. The main thing to this recipe is the foil cooking method because I use this method with other meats (they always come out tender). Also, I used pork spare ribs instead and they still came out tender just had to cook an additional 30 minutes. By pork already being salty, I found that 1/4 cup salt was too much. Next time, I'll cut down to maybe 2 or 3 tablespoons. I'll also add more brown sugar... they weren't quiet sweet enough to me but still good.
Absolutely the best oven baked BBQ rib recipe I have ever tried !!! I''ve been on the hunt for a really good oven baked rib recipe, and most have fallen short of my expectations. Cooking times are spot on, and the ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender!This one is a keeper. You won't be disappointed! Thanks Chef John! I'll definitely be trying other recipes of yours!
Awesome recipe, I had never made ribs before, and they came out perfect!!!
This recipe provided the method to my goal: ribs that were tender, but didn't fall off the bone (I wanted some chewiness and being able to pick up the ribs and eat them). I didn't use the rub here, but another one I had, but followed the cooking process for the first two hours. Then I put them on the grill, watched them carefully, turning and basting so they wouldn't burn, for about 45 minutes. They were perfect! I cooked three racks at once, and didn't have to increase the cooking times or anything. I will do this recipe again!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 206
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