Friday, June 20, 2014

Simply Terrific BBQ Ribs

I Love BBQ!
In fact, I enjoy taking an occasional BBQ road trip. For instance, I took a motorcycle (bike) ride from Belle, Missouri to Memphis, Tennessee in November. Why? For the following reasons:
1. Memphis BBQ was just calling my name. Doesn't that happen to you?
2. It was unseasonably warm for November and perfect bike riding weather.
3. I had a four day weekend and enough extra cash to cover the trip.
4. A 300 mile road trip on a bike is FUN!
The custom HD that I rode to Memphis, Tennessee on a BBQ road trip.
I have found a "Simply Terrific BBQ Ribs" recipe. No grilling required. 
Three pound rack of pork loin back ribs 
1. Start with a three to four pound rack of pork ribs. This doesn't have to be exactly three pounds, but close to it. I've used baby back ribs, pork loin ribs, boneless country-style ribs, and plain old pork ribs. Just make sure you have about three to four pounds of meat. 
2. You make a simple dry rub that gets rubbed over the rack of ribs before tightly wrapping the rack of ribs in a double layer of aluminum foil.
Dry rubbed rack of ribs before wrapping in aluminum foil.
3. After tightly wrapping the ribs in aluminum foil, you place them on a shallow baking pan and place them in a preheated 325 degree oven (Fahrenheit)for two - two and a half hours. How simple is that?
Two and a half hours later, the ribs are terrifically tender.
4. The tender rack of ribs is cut into two or three rib portions.Bill and I like three rib portions. We eat one three rib portion for supper and we save the other portions for lunch. 
Three rib portions waiting for BBQ sauce.
5. After applying sauce to the bony side, place the ribs under the broiler and broil for two to three minutes.
Remove from the oven and turn each piece so that the meaty side is now up.
BBQ sauce applied to ribs and ready for the broiler.
6. Apply BBQ sauce to the meaty side and return to the oven and broil for anther two to three minutes. Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite sides - coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, pickled beets, green beans, etc.
Plated rib section with Cravin' Craisin Coleslaw.

Recipe for Simply Terrific BBQ Ribs        Revised on 5/10/2016


about 3 - 4 lbs. of  pork ribs
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce - Ours is Kraft Sweet Honey.

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Peel off any tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs. I haven't bought any ribs that had a membrane on the bony side. 
  • In a small bowl, place the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, and Old Bay Seasoning. Mix well to make the dry rub.
  • Apply the dry rub to ribs on all sides.
  • Lay ribs on two layers of foil, shiny side out and meaty side down. 
  • Lay two layers of foil on top of ribs and roll and crimp edges tightly, edges facing up to seal.
  • Place on a baking sheet, or shallow baking pan. I use the bottom of my broiler pan.
  • Place the wrapped ribs and pan in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for about two to two and a half hours. You can check the ribs when they have baked two hours, but if you are using meaty ribs let them bake for the full two and a half hours. Use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Remove the baking sheet, or shallow baking pan, of wrapped ribs from the oven.
  • Turn your stove's broiler on and let it preheat.
  • Carefully unwrap the rack of ribs. There will be steam and juice inside the foil.
  • Slice the rack of ribs into serving portions of 2 or 3 ribs each.
  • Arrange portions on a foil lined broiler pan, bony side up.
  • Coat the bony side of each portion with barbecue sauce. Make sure you coat the cut sides.
  • Broil about six inches below the broiler element or flame for 1-2 minutes, or  until the BBQ sauce is cooked on and bubbly.
  • Turn ribs over and coat meaty side with barbecue sauce. 
  • Broil the meaty side for 1-2 minutes.
  • Your ribs are now ready to serve!
Is your mouth ready for some crazy good homemade happiness on a plate?