I have been dreaming of spring, flowers, and sunshine lately. I am so ready for winter to be over! You would think that growing up in the upper mid-west, I wouldn’t mind the winter. But I really despise the cold. So to cheer myself up and pretend I am actually basking in the sun on my back porch with a nice cold one in my hand and the Barbecue Ribs that I made.
First off let me say, ribs are the bomb! They may be messy but it’s fun to play with your food, right? Who cares that you may need to wear a bib and have a bagillion napkins near by!
I made the ribs in the oven this time, because it’s too cold outside. But if you have a smoker or want to try it on your grill, it still works the same way. For reference, the rub is also devine on a roasted chicken.
The Best Rib Rub
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup kosher salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 8 tsp.chili powder
- 4 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- For Rub: Mix everything together in a bowl. You may need to work the mixture together with you fingers to get rid of any chunks of brown sugar.
To Make the Ribs
- We get our baby back ribs at Sam’s club and they come in a huge pack of 3.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- First, when you take the ribs out of the package, you will want to lightly dry them off with paper towels. Then, you will want to make sure to take off the membrane on the back of the ribs. I take a butter knife and gently slide it under the membrane by the bone. Once it is lifted a little bit, grab the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off.
- Next, tear a piece of foil about twice as long as your rack of ribs. Lay your rack on the foil and spread about ¼ cup of rib rub on the one side and press the rub into the meat so it sticks. Repeat on the back side of the ribs. Wrap your foil tightly around your rack of ribs and place on a cooking sheet with sides (to catch any juice if it falls out). Repeat the process with remaining ribs.
- Put Ribs in the oven and bake, without touching them, for 2 ½ hours. After 2 ½ hours take your ribs out and open the foil up. Spread your favorite BBQ sauce across the top of your ribs, leaving the foil open, cook for another 30 minutes.
(Originally Posted: 02-24-14)