So it’s already February – time flies when you’re having fun 🙂 – and the holidays are long gone. Now I bet we are all looking forward to those beautiful Spring days, with lots of sunshine, not too hot, just the ideal weather for the start of the BBQ season. And because I’m not very good at waiting, I already started to practice with these oven baked BBQ pork ribs. Ok, not the same as outside on the BBQ but it’s a very good start, believe me.
We are very big fans of BBQ and ribs. If I ask the boyfriend what would he like for dinner, there’s a few answers, and one of them is “Ribs” 🙂 I’ve been trying several recipes for BBQ ribs and even other ways of cooking it. They always come out good but I was waiting to find that perfect and easy recipe. My boyfriend orders ribs a lot when we go out for a meal and they are always “fall of the bone”, juicy but at the same time still crispy. But when I try at home it never comes out like that. I tried parboiling, pressure cooker, slow roasting, oven grill, I don’t know…. But there was always something missing. Maybe I was just being picky but I wanted restaurant ribs at home!!! So after a lot of research and recipe trials, I found this recipe on Recipe Tin Eats… it seamed so easy that I decided to give it a go. What’s the worse it can happen? And oh my God!!!! I found my perfect rib recipe! The cooking method is similar to others I tried, even the homemade BBQ sauce is similar. So I don’t really know what happened this time, but the ribs came out fall of the bone, juicy and with a delicious taste of BBQ sauce… just the way we like it! It’s not a quick recipe but it’s worth the wait… Guess who has a happy boyfriend? 🙂
Oven baked BBQ pork ribs
- 2 tsp paprika powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 1,5 kg - 2kg pork ribs full racks
- 330 ml cider
Homemade BBQ sauce:
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup tomato ketchup
- 3/4 cup cider or chicken broth or apple juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 onion cut into large chunks
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp Tabasco
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Combine the rub ingredients and rub onto the ribs (both sides).
- Set aside to marinate for at least 20 min up to 24 hrs.
- Preheat oven - 170C
- Place large pieces of foil in a baking tray and spray it with oil. Place the rib rack on the foil and fold up the edges to form a "boat" shape.
- Drop the cider into the foil parcels. Close the parcels very well so the liquid and the steam remain inside.
- Place the tray in the oven and bake for 1hr30 to 2hrs.
Meanwhile prepare the !BBQ sauce:
- Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 45min or until the sauce has thickened.
- Adjust to taste: sweetness with brown sugar/honey and sour with balsamic vinegar.
- Strain the sauce and it's ready to use.
- When the time is up, remove the ribs from the foil and place on the baking tray. Brush both sides with the prepared BBQ sauce.
- Bake for 15-20min. Remove from the oven, brush with more sauce and serve.
- If you prefer the ribs crispier, brush it only slightly with the sauce and place it under the grill. Then serve with the sauce on the side.