Oven Cooked Ribs

Serve up a couple racks of these oven cooked ribs and you won't have to go fishing for compliments. You'll be praised for your fine cooking skills by everybody that tastes your famous baked bbq ribs...well, maybe not famous yet, but they will be!

Pork spareribs were make to be barbecued. And while many barbecue chefs spend their lives chasing the perfect grilled or smoked pork rib, a few of us have figured out that oven bbq ribs can be pretty darned good too. All it takes is the right recipe and proper technique.

This recipe is for oven baked spareribs drenched in bottled barbecue sauce that's doctored up with onions...lots and lots of onions!

Cookware and Ingredients Needed

  • Large baking sheet with inch-high sides
  • Rack that fits inside baking sheet
  • Saute pan
  • 2 whole pork sparerib slabs, or 2 St. Louis style slabs
  • 3 medium white onions
  • 2 bottles of your favorite bbq sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered red pepper (optional)

Preparing The Oven Cooked Ribs

Rinse and dry the ribs. Trim the slab, making it into a St. Louis style slab. You could purchase pre-trimmed St. Louis slabs, but then you wouldn't have all the odd bits and pieces to barbecue later. Combine the dry seasonings and rub the mixture into both sides of the slab. Apply it a little heavier on the meaty sides. Place the cooking rack in the baking sheet and put the ribs on the rack, bone side down. Put the ribs in a 250 degree Fahrenheit oven.

Peel and dice the onions. Saute them in oil over medium-low heat. Stir them occasionally to prevent burning. When they just start to brown and caramelize, add the two bottles of bbq sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer and turn off the heat.

Back to the ribs. After they've been baking for three hours, check them for doneness. Grasp two adjacent cut rib ends and pull them away from each other. If the meat tears easily, they're done. If not, bake another half-hour and check again.

When the ribs are done, remove them from the oven and separate them into serving size pieces. Place them in a clean baking pan and cover them with the oniony bbq sauce. Put them back into a 350 degree oven and bake for another half-hour, or until the sauce starts bubbling. Remove from the oven and serve.

If you'll allow me to read your future for you...I see that you will become famous for your oven cooked ribs. That is my prediction!

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