I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back……Baby Back Ribs!

Ok, so not everyone likes pork right?  I do not see why, it’s the other white meat, right?  We get tasty things from the pig like BACON, so why not enjoy some tasty BBQ Baby Back Ribs? Well this is for those that LOVE to have some sort of pork, particularly BABY BACK RIBS!!!

Mental note, do not let pork sit in your fridge more then 2 days when in plastic wrap, 1 day if just in butcher wrap!

Rub the ribs with your favorite seasons, whether it is a BBQ rub from the butchers, a seasoning blend you have used all the time, or just some seasoning salt.  Hell if you have perfected your own seasoning use it!  Preheat your oven to 350 to 400 degrees, the temp varies from oven to oven and since mine is electric with a not so trustworthy heating element I set mine to 400.  Wrap those delicate slabs in some heavy weight foil, sealing them in tight!  Place the foil packages of goodness onto a baking sheet and slide them in to your oven on the top rack.  Set your timer for 2 hours and leave them cook.

After the 2 hours has gone by, open one of the packages and take a temp reading.  You should be close to about 200 degrees or so and that is fine.  Rib meat is naturally fatty and juicy so it is not going to dry out if the temp gets way over the limit most cook books set.  What you want to do now is start to check for meat shrinkage.  If you do not see the bones on either side, seal the foil back up and set your timer for 30 minutes.  It may take anywhere between 3 to 4 hours total to cook them till they are fall off the bone tender.

Once you have notices that the meat has started to pull away from the ends of the bones and you see them start to pull apart, you want to open the foil packets all the way and grab a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce and slather it on thick.  Turn your oven up to broil.  Remove the racks of ribs from the oven, brush on a light coating of the sauce and then place the ribs into the broiler for about 2 minutes.  Pull the ribs out and give them another basting and slip them back into the broiler for another 3 to 5 minutes.   Once the 5 minutes has gone, pull the ribs from the broiler and set aside to cool just a bit.

You can serve these with some sort of rice dish like rice-a-roni, maybe some mac and cheese, or if you stopped off at the grocer you can pick up some old fashion potato and macaroni salad.  The sides really depend on your taste and desires.  I happen to like old fashion coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, some BBQ sauce and a roll of paper towels.  Do not forget the paper towels or you will end up with a sticky mess 🙂



About Brandi W.

A simple girl trying to make cooking simpler.
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