Fall off the Bone Oven Baked Ribs
Once I started making ribs this way, that was it for me. They are simple to make and the best ribs have ever tasted.
I use pork spare ribs because they have a lot of meat.
This is really a very basic recipe. Use a good rub. Cover the ribs in foil and bake at a low temperature for three hours. Add bbq sauce and broil until sauce caramelizes and the ribs turn a gorgeous brown color.
The best part of making your own rub is that you add your favorite seasonings to it.
Add or remove spices to your taste
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder. (I use Webster’s brand roasted garlic and herbs in place of the garlic powder)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne for a spicy rub
Mustard powder will add a tangy flavor
Chipotle chili powder will add a deep smokey, spicy flavor
The bbq Sauce.
Homemade bbq sauce uses ketchup as a base. My rule of thumb is to add something sweet, something tangy and something spicy.
You can make your own sauce from scratch or use store bought. I enjoy making my own sauce because I control the ingredients. I like my bbq sauce sweet, tangy and spicy, so feel free to add or remove ingredients to suit your taste.
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 minced onion
3 cloves garlic minced or pressed through a garlic press
2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup Apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons mustard
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
2 teaspoons sugar
You will be surprised at what the sugar does. It’s a natural flavor enhancer, like salt. It prevents a barrier so all the delicious rub goes directly into your ribs. It also helps to caramelize the ribs, even at a low temperature!
The Membrane or silver skin
Unless the butcher has removed it, there is a membrane attached to the bones of the ribs. It acts as a barrier and prevents seasonings from flavoring the ribs. It’s kind of like plastic and chewy. It makes the ribs tough.
Place a butter knife between the membrane and the bone and peel it off as shown in video. It’s not difficult to remove. It usually comes off in one piece. Don’t skip this step. It makes a big difference in the final outcome of your ribs.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
1. Apply rub and sugar
2. Place ribs meat side down and bone side up on baking sheet.
3. Cover with foil
4. Bake for 2 to 3 hours. If you can easily pull ribs apart using 2 forks they are done. Start checking at 2 hours.
5. Place ribs meat side up and bones side down. Generously apply bbq sauce
6. Place in oven uncovered on low broil until bbq sauce caramelizes and ribs turn beautifully dark brown.