BBQ Ribs

One of my cousins, (Hi, Nadia!), asked me for a recipe for ribs, so I decided to share a technique that I discovered when I first got married and moved South. BBQ ribs are a Southern specialty and especially grilled ribs.

Since I live in an apartment and don’t have a gorgeous backyard grill, I wanted to find a way to make great ribs in my oven. The most important goal for me to achieve when making ribs is to have perfectly moist and tender meat. My husband loves when they almost fall off the bone but still have enough substance not to disintegrate into meat mash. I brushed on a homemade sweet barbecue sauce that we like, but bottled sauce will certainly work too.

Yields: 1 made 1 rack of ribs, but there should be enough rub and sauce for at least 2 racks

Ingredients:

1-2 racks of ribs, either baby back or St. Lois cut (pork spareribs)

Spice Rub:

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 Tablespoons table salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 Tablespoon Old Bay

Sweet Barbecue Sauce:

1 Tablespoon butter

1 small, or half of a large onion, grated

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup ketchup

1/8 cup molasses

1/8 cup honey

1 Tablespoon vinegar, white or cider

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 Tablespoon mustard, dijon or yellow

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Cayenne pepper or hot sauce, optional, as much as you like

Salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Combine all the ingredients for the rub together. You will have much more than you need. You can store it and then use it to season meat in other recipes IMG_7183 Rub the spice mixture well into the ribs on both sides.  IMG_7185 Place the ribs on the prepared baking sheet and cover very tightly with aluminum foil. This will create steam while the ribs are roasting and ensure that the meat is juicy and moist. If you notice that there isn’t any steam during the roasting, add a few Tablespoons of water to the pan. Bake for about 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.

Meanwhile, prepare the barbecue sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the grated onion and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, covered on medium-low heat until softened.  IMG_7301 Add the garlic, cook for about 30 seconds and whisk in all the other ingredients. Simmer for about 5 min.  IMG_7304 Strain the sauce through a sieve and set aside.  IMG_7318 When the ribs are ready, (you can check this by pulling on the ribs and when they are ready, the meat will begin to pull away from the bone), uncover and brush with some of the sauce.

At this point, you can put the ribs on the grill instead of the oven, if you’d like. 

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IMG_7323 Put the ribs under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, brush with more sauce and broil for another 3-5 minutes, until crispy.  IMG_7351 You can apply the sauce to both sides of the ribs, broil the underside of the ribs first, flip it over and broil the other side as well. I chose to apply the sauce to only the top of the ribs.  IMG_7433

Make Ahead:

You can refrigerate the seasoned ribs for 1-2 days ahead of time. You can also make the barbecue sauce ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. I also use this barbecue sauce with other dishes, especially chicken, Bourbon BBQ Chicken Cutlets is one of our favorites. It tastes great on Pulled Pork too.

BBQ Ribs
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 1-2 racks of ribs
Ingredients
  • 1-2 racks of ribs, either baby back or St. Lois cut (pork spareribs)
Spice Rub:
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons table salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon Old Bay
Sweet Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 small, or half of a large onion, grated
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅛ cup molasses
  • ⅛ cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar, white or cider
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Tablespoon mustard, dijon or yellow
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper or hot sauce, optional, as much as you like
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the rub together. You will have much more than you need. You can store it and then use it to season meat in other recipes.
  3. Rub the spice mixture well into the ribs on both sides.
  4. Place the ribs on the prepared baking sheet and cover very tightly with aluminum foil. This will create steam while the ribs are roasting and ensure that the meat is juicy and moist. If you notice that there isn't any steam during the roasting, add a few Tablespoons of water to the pan.
  5. Bake for about 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the barbecue sauce.
  7. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  8. Add the grated onion and ¼ teaspoon of salt and cook, covered on medium-low heat until softened.
  9. Add the garlic, cook for about 30 seconds and whisk in all the other ingredients. Simmer for about 5 min.
  10. Strain the sauce through a sieve and set aside.
  11. When the ribs are ready, (you can check this by pulling on the ribs and when they are ready, the meat will begin to pull away from the bone), uncover and brush with some of the sauce.
  12. Put the ribs under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, brush with more sauce and broil for another 3-5 minutes, until crispy. You can apply the sauce to both sides of the ribs, broil the underside of the ribs first, flip it over and broil the other side as well.
Make Ahead:
  1. You can refrigerate the seasoned ribs for 1-2 days ahead of time. You can also make the barbecue sauce ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.

 
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  1. Nadia says

    Olga!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe it!!!! Oh wow! They look delishhhh!!! I can not wait to make them!!! Vladimirs birthday is next week maybe I’ll surprise him with ribs!!!!! Olga thank you soo much

  2. Ilona says

    I’ve been looking for a good rib recipe and just stumbled on ur site…. Looks so good.. can’t wait to try it.. thanx

  3. says

    Wow! These are gorgeous ribs! I’m pinning this, because my men love ribs. We much prefer to slow grill them, but I like having an oven version as well. Thanks for commenting on my blog. So glad you liked my chicken recipe. I’m going to peruse more of your recipes. Great blog!

  4. Roza says

    Olga thank you so much for posting this! The ribs turned out amazing!!! The meat literary falls off the bone! This is my favorite rib recipe by far and my family really enjoyed them also.

  5. Maria N. says

    These are the best ribs I’ve tried. I was always reluctant to make a homemade rub thinking it wouldn’t be good. But i proved myself wrong. Even my husband thought it was good.(He can be picky at times). Know I can’t wait for guests to come, So I can make these delicious ribs.

  6. Luba says

    I really like this homemade barbecue sauce. I make ribs offten and this time used your recipe when my family was over. It turned out great, thank you! The only thing is that I will probably not buy St.Lois(spareribs) again. I usually get baby back but this time decided to get St.Lois(spareribs) and didnt relly like it, it has this “pork taste”… ribs are the only thing I make using pork meat..

    • says

      That’s awesome, Luba!
      I use this barbecue recipe for many different dishes. It’s very easy to make and has a great, well rounded taste that goes with most options. I prefer baby back ribs too.

  7. Irina says

    These were awesome ribs, just made them for our family get together the other night. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the post.

  8. Lana says

    I never thought I would be brave enough to attempt ribs at home. But you have made it super easy and I was impressed. Ribs turned out great! Thanks again!! Love your site — my favorite food blog for sure!

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