Oven Cooked Baby Back Ribs

Recipe courtesy of BostonSidewalks.com

Ingredients

  • 1 rack baby back ribs (sometimes called back loin ribs, back ribs or loin ribs, but not St. Louis Ribs), cut in half for easier handling
  • 4 T Dry rub for pork ribs (See Recipe)
  • 2-3 c of your favorite barbecue sauce

Directions

  1. These instructions are for 1/2 rack of ribs. Follow the same instructions at the same time for as many ribs as you are making. If you are doing more than 1/2 rack of ribs, each 1/2 rack should be wrapped and seasoned separately. And you don’t have to cut them in half if you have a big enough sheet pan and oven, that is for convenience purposes only.
  2. Mix rib rub.
  3. Place ribs meat-side down on a cutting board. Prick the back of the rib rack several times with a knife, or score it with the tip of a sharp knife between the bones.
  4. Turn the ribs over so the meat side is facing up. Apply approximately 1 T of dry rub to meat side of ribs to generously coat them and rub it into the meat with your hands.
  5. Place a sheet of aluminum foil that is big enough to easily wrap the half rack of ribs on a sheet pan. Place the coated rib rack meat side down on the foil sheet.
  6. Apply 1 T dry rub to bone side of the rib rack.
  7. With rib rack still meat-side down, fold foil around it to create a tight seal. This is best done by bringing the lengthwise sides of the foil up over the meat and fold them together tightly. The bring the ends up over the meat and make sure they are sealed.
  8. Place the sheet pan in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and not more than 24 hours.
  9. 3 1/2 hours before you want to serve the ribs, take the sheet pan out of the refrigerator and place it in a cold oven. Turn the heat to 250° F and set the timer for 2 hours.
  10. After the two hours, remove the sheet pan allow the ribs to sit untouched for 20 minutes.
  11. Increase oven temperature to 350° F.
  12. Being very careful for escaping steam, open foil and drain off the accumulated liquids.
  13. Brush barbecue sauce on the bone side of the rib rack.
  14. Turn the rack over over so the meat side is up.Brush barbecue sauce on the meat side of the ribs. Place the sheet pan with the foil open all the way and folded back from the ribs into the 350° F oven. Bake for 10 minutes.
  15. Remove from the oven, brush barbecue sauce on meat-side only, return it to the oven and bake 10 more minutes.
  16. Remove from the oven, brush barbecue sauce on meat-side only, return it to the oven and bake 10 more minutes.
  17. Remove from the oven, brush barbecue sauce on meat-side only, return it to the oven and bake 15 more minutes (if you like it a little crustier, let it go an additional 5 minutes).
  18. Remove the ribs from the oven.
  19. Tent foil around ribs so it is not tightly sealed and there are some air spaces along the top and ends. Let rest for 15 minutes. Cut into individual ribs and serve with a dish of barbecue sauce and a basting brush so people can add as much sauce as they like. Serve with beans, cole slaw and cornbread.

Recipe Yield:  Serves 4

Cuisine Type:  American

Category:  Barbecue

Total Time:  3 1/2 Hours