Uncover the Secret to Mouthwatering BBQ Ribs Recipe
Hello friends, get ready for a finger-lickin’, lip-smackin’ good time because today, I’m sharing with you my tried-and-true, step-by-step guide to creating the most delicious BBQ Ribs you’ve ever tasted. From selecting the perfect rack of ribs to mastering the art of low and slow cooking.
A Heavenly Harmony of Flavors
It all starts with a mouthwatering dry rub, carefully massaged into the meat, ensuring that every bite is packed with a symphony of spices. Then we lather on tangy and smoky barbecue sauce, allowing the flavors to meld together and to create a an incredible dish.
A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best BBQ Ribs Recipe
I am going to walk you through how to make these delicious ribs with an easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipe and video. This BBQ Ribs Recipe will transform your kitchen into a Southern smokehouse and your dinner into a feast.
Remember, friends, food is about more than just eating—it’s about savoring, sharing, and creating memories.
So, let’s get cooking!
Easy BBQ Ribs Recipe: Fall-Off-the-Bone Perfection
For the Dry Rub:
- 1 tablespoon Onion powder
- 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Thyme
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper freshly ground
- 2 teaspoons Salt
For the BBQ Sauce:
- 2 cups 480 ml Ketchup
- 1 teaspoon 2 grams Ground Pepper
- 1 teaspoon 2 grams Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon 2 grams Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon 5 grams Salt
- ¼ teaspoon 0.5 gram Cayenne
- ¼ cup 60 ml Corn Syrup
- ¼ cup 60 ml Honey (the Chef used Acacia Honey)
- ¼ cup 60 ml Molasses
- 1/3 cup 80 ml White Vinegar (the Chef used White Balsamic)
- 2 tablespoons 28 grams Dijon Mustard
- 1 tablespoon 15 ml Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon 5 ml Hot Sauce
- 1 tsp or 2 teaspoons (15 or 30 ml Liquid Smoke (adjust to your taste)
- 1 tbsp or 2 tablespoons (15 or 30 ml Bourbon (the Chef used Cooper's Mark Maple Bourbon)
Prepare the Rub:
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Rub the dry rub on both sides of your ribs. If you have the time, lay the ribs on a rack on a cookie sheet and place them uncovered in the fridge for 3 hours to 3 days. (If you are in a hurry, put them in the oven immediately).
Preheat Oven to 275ºF / 135ºC
- Wrap the ribs with aluminum foil and place them in the oven for about 2 ½ hours.
Prepare the BBQ Sauce:
- Mix all the ingredients and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
Finish the Ribs:
Preheat Oven to 450ºF / 230ºC
- Take the ribs out of the aluminum foil and place them on a cookie sheet. Cover them with the BBQ sauce and return to the oven for another 15 minutes. ENJOY AND BON APPETIT!
FAQs about Preparing BBQ Ribs Recipe
1. What should I look for when buying spare ribs?
When buying spare ribs, consider the following:
Quality of meat: Look for fresh, pink-colored meat. Avoid ribs that have a grey tone or seem slimy or smell off.
Fat content: A moderate amount of marbled fat is good as it will render down during cooking, keeping the ribs juicy and flavorful. However, too much fat may result in greasy ribs.
Meatiness: Choose ribs that have a good amount of meat on them. Some racks might have more bone than meat.
Packaging: If buying pre-packaged ribs, ensure the packaging is tightly sealed and the meat is sitting in a minimal amount of juices.
2. What is the difference between baby back ribs and spare ribs?
Baby back ribs and spare ribs are both delicious cuts of pork ribs, but they come from different parts of the pig. Baby back ribs are smaller and leaner, cut from the top of the ribcage near the spine. Spare ribs, on the other hand, come from the lower belly area and have more meat, fat, and connective tissue. Spare ribs are slightly larger and have a richer flavor compared to baby back ribs.
3. How many ribs should I plan per person?
As a general rule of thumb, plan on half a rack (6-7 ribs) per person if you’re serving baby back ribs, and allow for 3-4 ribs per person if you’re serving spare ribs.
4. Can BBQ ribs be prepared in advance?
Yes, BBQ ribs can be prepared in advance. In fact, doing so can enhance their flavor as it allows the seasoning more time to permeate the meat. You can marinate or rub your ribs with your chosen spices and flavors, and let them rest in the refrigerator for several hours, or even overnight, before cooking. However, remember to take the ribs out of the fridge at least an hour before you plan to cook them to let them come up to room temperature.
5. How long does it take to cook BBQ Ribs?
The cooking time for BBQ ribs can vary depending on the cooking method and the size of the ribs. As a general guideline, it can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours to cook ribs low and slow. It’s best to use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of 195°F (90°C) for tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs.
6. Should I remove the membrane on the back of the ribs?
It’s advisable to remove the membrane or the silverskin from the back of the ribs before cooking. This allows for the seasoning to better penetrate the meat and makes the ribs easier to eat, as the membrane can become tough when cooked.
7. Should I wrap my ribs in foil when cooking?
That is my preferred way of cooking ribs. It speeds up the cooking process and to makes the ribs more tender. I like laying in a sheet of parchement paper on top of the aluminum first because I don’t like my food touching aluminum. But if you don’t have parchment paper, don’t worry about it.
8. How do I know when my ribs are done?
Ribs are done when the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). However, many BBQ enthusiasts let ribs cook until they reach an internal temperature of around 190-203°F (88-95°C) as this allows the collagen in the ribs to break down, making the meat more tender. Another indicator is when the meat starts pulling away from the bone, but isn’t falling off completely.
9. What sides pair well with BBQ Ribs?
There are several delicious sides that pair well with BBQ ribs. Some popular choices include coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, grilled vegetables, and corn on the cob. Choose sides that complement the rich flavors of the ribs and provide a good balance of textures and tastes.
10. How can I best store leftover BBQ ribs?
Leftover BBQ ribs should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you plan on eating them within a few days, simply refrigerating them is fine. For longer-term storage, consider freezing them. Always ensure the ribs have cooled down before storing them.
11. Can you freeze BBQ ribs and how long can they be kept frozen?
Yes, you can freeze BBQ ribs. Make sure they have cooled down completely before wrapping them tightly in aluminum foil or a freezer-safe bag. You can freeze them for up to three months. For the best taste, however, it’s recommended to consume them within the first month of freezing.
12. What is the best way to reheat BBQ Ribs?
The best way to reheat BBQ ribs is to preheat your oven to a low temperature, around 250°F (120°C). Place the ribs on a baking sheet, cover them with foil, and heat for about 20-30 minutes, or until they are heated through. You can also reheat them on a grill over low heat, basting them with BBQ sauce to keep them moist.
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