Smoked Ribs : Oven

Hey we all hate oven ribs so let's get started on learning how to cook them!  Let's assume that it is the dead of winter and smoking ribs outdoors is impossible because it has snowed at least seventeen feet and we are blocked in.  Otherwise, you should smoke ribs outside because indoor oven ribs just don't cut it.  Even if you can partially smoke the ribs either in your smoker or on a novice gas grill, then that is better than the oven because the ribs oven version leaves virtually zero smoky taste.  What you will end up with are mediocre ribs, but with a good enough barbecue sauce you can let it pass.

First step for Ribs: Oven Version

You will need 1 or 2 racks of fresh pork ribs.  Wash ribs in cold water. Do no use soap.  I have to say these things.  Pat dry with clean paper towels.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Peel the membrane off of the underside of the ribs racks.  The easiest way to do this is to get it started in one corner using a fork or a corn on the cob holder.  Once you get the membrane starting to peel, dry your hands and use a towel or paper towel to get a good grip on it and pull it the rest of the way.

Second step for Ribs: Oven Version

Sprinkle ribs with dry rub.  I have a good dry rub recipe on this site.  Most of these recipes that you can get off of the internet are pretty much the same.  Oh, I can hear the roars of all 'secret' dry rub folks -- trust me, look at the ingredients.. they are strikingly similar.  Anyway sprinkle both sides of each rack of ribs with the dry rub.  Don't use as much as you do when you cooking smoked ribs because unlike smoking them, the dry rub won't cook off as much when in the oven. 

Third step for Ribs: Oven Version

Oven cooked barbecue ribs
Refrigerate the ribs while the oven is preheating.  Use another pan or foil or a grate that goes in the inside of a pan so that the juices can release to the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 45 minutes.   Remove from oven and let cool in refrigerator on hot pads.   Keep oven on.
Re-sprinkle rib rubs.  Place each rack of ribs on a large sheet of good foil, pour barbecue sauce over and then wrap them tightly.  Return to a pan and bake them for another hour.

There it is, short and sweet.

1 comment:

  1. This looks awesome! I love the picture with all the spices for the dry rub. Where do you get your liquid smoke?

    Smoking Oven


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