How do you celebrate another weekend full of House of Cards? Eat ribs! In honor of Freddy’s BBQ Joint, the hubs and I celebrated Valentine’s Day last year scarfing down ribs and watching episode after episode of the Underwood’s taking over DC. Last weekend we didn’t get as much HofC as we wanted in so here we go. Round 2! And, if you don’t watch HofC, eat ribs anyway! The weekend is just about HERE, woohoo! These babies are a perfect celebration. Beyond tender, juicy, meaty, ribs covered in the most incredible Homemade BBQ Sauce thanks to this recipe, in case you missed it.
I was always too intimidated to cook ribs before this. I thought they were too difficult and was scared they wouldn’t turn out right – dry, chewy, inedible… Nope! Not with this method, anyway. Every time I’ve made them they come out perfect and ready to fall off that bone. I’m not a big rib person at all (which is the exact opposite of the hubs). But, I. LOVE. THESE. You guys seriously have to try these ribs out, you will be amazed at the fact you can make something so delicious with such little effort! And, if you just don’t have the time to make the homemade bbq sauce, don’t worry, my feelings won’t be hurt. Use the bottled stuff. I’ve used it too and it works great.
Big time confession: I cheated. The rub in this recipe contains brown sugar. I ate it. (I’m currently doing a no sugar thing for lent. You can read about it here.) Here’s the thing though, I’m totally ok with it. For a few reasons: #1. I HAD to for you guys. I mean, I have to eat what I blog about, riggghhhht???? (Someone please tell me I need to make a cake, asap!) #2. I literally only ate one rib. I wanted more but I went without. #3. It didn’t feel like cheating AT ALL. I mean, please. Someone gimme a thin mint, bowl of ice cream, donut, bag of peanut m&m’s, something that is for real cheating. Which, by the way, can we please talk some more about thin mints? Girl scout cookie season is almost over. Like, it’s gonna be over before I’m back to eating sugar. No frets, I’ve placed my order and have thin mints eagerly waiting for me. YASSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! #soexcited #cantwait #ribsdontcountascheating Now go do yourself a favor and make these finger-lickin’ good ribs for yourself and your hunny, your friends, your fam, anyone and everyone! Happy Friday =)
- 4 lbs pork ribs
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbl paprika
- 1 Tbl garlic powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (click on link in post above to get my Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe - highly recommended!) :)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Peel off the membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs. Here's super helpful trick: Use a clean, dry paper towel to pull the membrane off. It works great!
- Apply rub to ribs on all sides.
- Lay ribs on 2 layers of heavy duty foil, shiny side out and meaty side down.
- Lay two more layers of foil on top of ribs, roll and crimp edges tightly, edges facing up to seal.
- Place on baking sheet and bake for 2 - 2½ hours or until meat is starting to shrink away from the ends of the bone.
- Remove from oven and heat the broiler.
- Cut ribs (carefully, they will be falling a part they are so tender!) into serving sized portions of 2-3 ribs.
- Brush on sauce and broil for 1-2 minutes until sauce is baked on and bubbly.
- Turn ribs over and repeat on the other side.