With my wife away visiting my eldest daughter, and me at home managing three teen sons, I was searching for an easy, tasty recipe other then my staples of spaghetti, tacos, pizza, and Italian beefs. My wife has fixed ribs before, but usually used the boil and grill method. Seeing this one explained so clearly, and seemingly so easy, I thought I'd try it. I had two slabs of ribs and baked them at 225 for five hours (I had to run up and pick up something so they were in an hour over what it said). Even after 5 hours, the ribs were juicy, tender, and falling apart. I think having it covered gives it a lot of leeway in the cooking department, along with the low temp. Adding the sauce and baking it on uncovered for 25 minutes gave me ribs that I can honestly compare with restaurant quality (unless you want grilled of course). We make our own BBQ sauce as we like it spicy, so all I can say is EASY, FOOLPROOF, and DELICIOUS!!
I didn't have 4 1/2 hrs so I took one reader's suggestion and increased the temp to 300 deg F. It took 3 1/2 hrs to get them fork tender. Since the baking sheet had about 1/4" liquid on it, I put a layer of foil on a clean baking sheet and flipped each rack onto it with the help of my son holding the clean baking sheet. I slathered on over a cup of Moe Pritchett's BBQ sauce and baked for 15 min. Then slathered on another cup or so of BBQ sauce and baked for another 15 min. The second layer sticks better than the first.
DELISH!! I literally JUST made these and devoured them 5 minutes ago... my fiancé said they were the best ribs he's ever had; he can't stop going on about how great they were and how well they went together with sunday football! Before baking, I generously seasoned both sides of the baby back rib rack with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder and baked, covered, at 225º for 3.5 hrs. Then (in the interest of time) I finished them off with a store bought honey bbq sauce for 30 more minutes, uncovered. They weren't kidding when they said the meat would be falling off the bone!
Excellent ribs! We used Sweet Baby Ray's BB!Q sauce on ours.
Just tried this recipe with high hopes. I followed it to the T. The ribs turned out dry. And I was not a happy camper. So...I am going back to own recipe which are moist and fall off the bone.
After applying the barbeque sauce, instead of cooking for an additional 20-30 minutes, I like to put them on the top rack of the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the barbeque sauce caramelizes. Then I garnish with thinly sliced green onion. Whoa!
I was so excited to make these for my family that I went right out to buy the ribs. I followed the recipe exactly and was very disappointed. I had hoped for tender, fall off the bone ribs but got tough ribs instead. Won't be making these agai .
When they say low and slow, lemme tell you, THEY MEAN IT. Lots of calories in these babies, but the amount of protein easily makes up for it. Sodium is off the walls; makes you retain water like crazy. But seriously, you don't have to eat for a while after this. Unless you're hardcore like me and my buddy Rob Swanson. Five minutes later, I'm back in the kitchen, looking for more bacon. Anyway, I'd would TOTALLY recommend another sauce rather than just plain barbecue. That stuff is boring. Get yourself some Jack Daniels sauce. Tastes like pure unicorn tears.
Made my own rub with brown sugar, celery salt, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, paprika, and chili powder. Followed cooking instructions, and finished with Sweet Baby Ray's Sauce!!! Marinated for 2 days ahead with the rub!! So fabulous!!!!!!!! :-)
Best recipe ever! You can't do this recipe wrong. I never make ribs because the cooking channel stars always make it this long complicated process. I don't even know how long I cooked mine for since I went shopping while they cooked. I never even flipped them over until I got home and put the bbq sauce on. I did put 2 layers of bbq sauce on just because I had time while I waited for my family to get home from hockey etc. I just sprinkled the ribs with salt, pepper. onion powder and garlic powder at the beginning and used my favorite jar bbq sauce. I'm very happy i found this recipe.