For some reason, cooking ribs has always been one of my fears. Maybe it’s because I managed, with the help of alcohol, to ruin a fantastic rack of ribs that had been smoking for 6 hours… or perhaps, just perhaps, my expectations have been driven too high by the restaurant industry, particularly Baton Rouge… In any case, a few months back I had purchased a bunch of back ribs at Costco, since they were unusually cheap, $14 a pack instead of the usual $22-25. I froze them using my trusty Foodsaver, which I also bought at Costco.
Just before I get to the recipe, I’ll just point out the fact that I had bought these ribs in February, and I’m now eating them at the end of October. The vaccuum-pack afforded by the Foodsaver really made a difference, as they were as fresh as the day I bought them. Maybe better.
In any case, I decided to follow the advice of one of my colleagues, who really knows his ribs. The method is incredibly simple, maybe a little time-consuming, but you can’t get something for nothing.
My Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Back Ribs Recipe
The ingredients list is super simple:
- Back Ribs – as much as can fit, single layered, on baking sheets in your oven
- One big Jar of commercial BBQ sauce (I used Garland Jack’s, bought on rebate at Costco)
- End of list
The cooking process is simple. Preheat the oven to 225 F. Lay out the ribs, ugly side up, on cooking sheets. Don’t crowd them too much.
Baste them with BBQ sauce. Stick them in the oven for 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes.
After two hours, flip the racks over, baste them and repeat the process for another 2 hours, again basting them every 30 minutes.
After gently cooking for over 4 hours, your ribs will be delicious and almost fall-off-the-bone done.
The picture above is of one half of one of the four racks I had. We easily fed 5 adults with appetites, and two curious kids, with plenty left over for lunches and whatnot.
Contrary to many other rib recipes, this one does not require you to marinate or boil the ribs ahead of time, although in retrospect maybe I would boil them next time, just a bit to take away some fat. This recipe is done in a single step, albeit a long one, but the result was more than satisfactory!
Bon appetit and let me know what you think if you try it!