The local grocery store had a great deal on pork ribs, which have never been something I’ve felt strongly about, but suddenly I wanted to try my hand at roasting a rack of ribs. I’ve never done it before, but it seems like the type of thing that I should know how to do. As it turns out, it’s really easy!
So I bought some. Then I did what I do when I want to make sure something turns out well: I went to smittenkitchen. Thankfully, Deb’s recipe an oven recipe, because our grill has some…hot spots. It was a free grill, after all. I don’t complain.
The dry rub recipe makes a full cup of dry rub, so the brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper create a nice, thick crust.
I spread it on the pork ribs and then tamped it down with a fork. It still all fell off when I flipped the ribs to do the other side.
Wrapping it in foil was another trick. I have cheap, weak foil, but for this recipe you really want a large industrial roll if you can find it.
Lay it seam up on a cooling rack in a cookie sheet. You want to trap all the juices inside the foil.
I baked this at 225°F for five hours, but I think one more hour would have really helped. The ribs were pretty tender, but not quite fall-off-the-bone.
All those juices get drained into a saucepan then simmered until they have reduced by half. This makes a very salty, spicy barbecue sauce.
This is an easy ribs recipe that feeds a crowd! It’s a great recipe for a host, since there’s very little work involved, leaving more time to socialize.