This weekend, I was poking around in the chest freezer and found a treasure trove of goodness in the form of two racks of baby back ribs! (When ribs go on sale, you can bet we stock the freezer!) Sunday was the day for a big football game in this house, so I pulled one of those out to make as Game Day food. These game day treats were fall-off-the-bone tender, tangy, and sweet from the dry rub and sauce.
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Some people like their ribs saucy (or wet), others like them dry. I’m a saucy kind of girl and usually make my own, but I didn’t have everything on hand. What I did have, however, was a bottle of BBQ sauce that is stocked for BBQ emergencies such as this. Whether you make your own or use a favorite from the store is up to you. I just went with what I had since I didn’t want to snow blow the driveway before getting these started.
Besides the ribs and sauce, the next attendee at this party of goodness is the dry rub. Dry rubs and BBQ have a long and personalized history in the BBQ world. You might even call each cook’s rub their signature. What this means for you is, you can play with any dry rub recipe you find and make it your own. The main ingredient categories you usually see in a rub are Salt, Sugar and Spice–all so nice! The kind of salt or sugar and the spices are totally up to you!
The last element that you might not think of as necessary or even tasty for ribs is Apple Cider Vinegar. I know…vinegar… ribs…whaaat?!? You really don’t want to eliminate this as it helps the meat break down into the tender fall-off-the-bone goodness that makes this recipe so good. Just put it in the foil pan, cover and cook. The vinegar will do all the tenderizing work.
This recipe uses some pretty standard kitchen supplies: Foil, foil pans, basting brush and a baking sheet. You would be fine to use the vinegar with glass baking pans, but I would hesitate using a good metal roasting pan for this. I always use disposable foil pans for ribs for easy cleanup, handling and I’m not risking damage to a metal pan from vinegar sitting on it for hours at a time. It may not be a valid concern, but it’s one I have so I just use the disposable metal pans instead. As for basting brushes, I always recommend getting a silicone brush for ease of cleaning–especially when basting raw meats. I have linked everything in the article so you can easily pop over to Amazon and pick up any of these supplies or shelf-stable ingredients that you need to get you started!
So for your next game day party or get-together, why not try these beautiful and tasty ribs? Your guests will not be able to resist!
Baby Back Ribs
1 Rack Baby Back Ribs
1/2 C. Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Kosher Salt
1 T. Onion Powder
1 T. Cumin
1 t. Cayenne Pepper
1 t. Smoked Paprika
1 t. Ground Mustard
1/2 t. Ground Chipotle Chile Pepper
2 t. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 C. BBQ Sauce
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Remove the ‘silver skin’ from the back of the rack of ribs if present. (You can start it by prying it up with a knife, then grabbing with a paper towel and pulling off.)
- Poke small holes in the back of the ribs.
- Apply dry rub liberally to all sides of the ribs, patting it on so it sticks. (There maybe leftover rub. If you haven’t contaminated it, you can always store it for use later!)
- Place rack meat side down in a foil pan and place on a baking sheet (if you have a larger rack of ribs, you may have to cut it in half and use two pans).
- Add 2 t Apple Cider Vinegar to the pan (if you use a 2nd pan, put 2 t in the 2nd pan too).
- Cover tightly with foil (shiny side up).
- Cook in a 250 degree oven for 2 hours. Do not uncover or peek!
- When the ribs have cooked for 2 hours, take them out of the oven and increase the temperature to 350 degrees.
- Pour off all liquid from the pans.
- Baste all sides of the ribs liberally with BBQ sauce, and return to pan meat side up.
- Cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Baste meat side again and return to 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
- Turn on Broiler and cook for 5 minutes or until ribs start to sizzle.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then cut ribs for serving.
Serve as appetizers or as a meal with potato salad and baked beans–oh, and don’t forget the wet wipes!
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