Talking about Austin Texas and barbeques yesterday got me thinking about mouth watering ribs. Of course you cannot beat barbequed ribs for the best smoky flavour but I just made an amazing batch of ribs that were completely baked in the oven – while still maintaining a smoky flavour. That’s right! Even I was surprised at how delicious they turned out. I first rubbed them all over with a homemade tex-mex dry rub which I provided the link to below (from a previous blog post) but you can always improvise.
- 3 -5 lbs pork ribs (I used baby back ribs)
- 3 or more tablespoons dry rub (use your favourite and add a smoked sea salt as part of your seasoning – Trader Joe’s makes an excellent one).
- 1 cup barbeque sauce (this time I used Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon but there’s a link at bottom for a good one made from scratch).
- Pre-heat oven to 300* F.
- Season all sides of the ribs with the dry rub of your choice.
- Using a 13x9x2 baking dish (or most likely a larger 15x11x2), place the rib slabs *meaty side up into the pan but make sure not to over crowd. I usually put the baking dish (or pan) right on top of another slightly larger pan/dish that has at least a half inch of water in it. This helps tenderize the ribs and keep them from drying out. You can always try it without but this seems to work better.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and place on center rack of pre-heated oven. Bake for approximately 2 1/2 – 3 hours (depending on the size of the ribs you are using).
- Remove the ribs from oven and drain any grease from dish; reserving the foil. Slather with your favorite BBQ sauce and return the dish to the oven (un-covered) for an additional 30 minutes.
- Once done, remove the ribs to a platter, loosely tent the platter with the reserved foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes. (This step is important — the resting period gives the ribs time to re-distribute their juices, just like a steak would).
*other recipes call for you to first place the ribs with the bone side facing up – until step #5 when you put the barbeque sauce on at which time you flip them over to the meaty side up. I’m just telling you this but the way I did it (above) turned out to be excellent.
Dry Rub Recipe:
Homemade Barbeque Sauce Recipe:
If you make them, let me know how they turn out.