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BBQ Ribs

on June 11, 2019

This recipe for BBQ Ribs comes from my brother-in-law, and these ribs just happen to be one of my family’s favorite foods. Period. He made these for us once when we were visiting he and my sister and their son out in Virginia, and there’s been no looking back. My son and my husband happen to love these ribs, so I decided I’d share this recipe just in time for Father’s Day. If you want something that will be perfect for dad’s day, this is it! Just make sure you have plenty of ribs (I can get 4-6 racks on my baking sheets and in the oven at one time). These ribs will go fast! It’s supposed to be my “Nothing But Easy Summer”, but these ribs ARE easy to do. There are a few steps, but they’re easy steps, and it’s so worth it.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

BBQ Ribs

Put whatever dry rub you want on your ribs (I used the recipe below), then cook uncovered in the oven for about 3 hours or until meat can be flaked with a fork (I use ribs – I guess they’d be called baby back ribs – from my grocery store, and they’re smaller than the ribs my brother-in-law gets, so I cooked these for only about 2 hours). You want to cook them until almost done, as they will be finished on the grill.

Let ribs cool, then place in zip top bag (I use a clean, unscented garbage bag so it’s big enough for the ribs, and leave the ribs right on the baking sheets I baked them on) with whatever sauce you want – you could buy your favorite BBQ sauce, try my brother-in-law’s sauce (a store-bought hickory brown sugar BBQ sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup hot sauce), or try my recipe for BBQ Sauce. I used my recipe for this batch. Shake the bag so the ribs are covered with sauce (I just brushed the sauce on), then place in refrigerator overnight.

Finish ribs on the grill over low or indirect heat.

Ribs are done when they can be cut easily or broken apart with hands.

Caribbean Jerk Rub

(I think I found this rub recipe online, but I don’t know where – sorry)

2 Tablespoons dried, minced onion

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

4 teaspoons crushed dry thyme leaves

2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 Tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

You can use whatever jerk seasoning you want, but I made my own. It’s so easy and tastes so much better.

Before you put on the rub, you should do this one important step first. This is an important step!!! There is a thin “silver” layer or membrane on the back side of the ribs that needs to come off. Take the point of a knife to get it started and then pull it off. Sometimes I use a paper towel to get a better grip on this silver skin. It’s tough, and sometimes takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it. The ribs will be tougher if you don’t get this off, and the flavor of the rub won’t permeate like it should.

Next, on goes the seasoning and then into the oven to bake.

Oh my gosh. Try not to lose your mind while these are baking. Wow.

Let them cool and then brush on the BBQ Sauce, making sure to cover every bit of the ribs.

Once the sauce is on, I put the whole pan, along with the ribs, into a clean unscented garbage bag. My brother-in-law uses the huge size zip-top bags, but I’m too cheap to use those. Put the whole thing into the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill them.

They just need to be warmed through when grilling, since they’ve already been baked.

The grilling makes the sauce caramelize and get sticky and smoky and amazingly delicious! Make sure you make plenty of these ribs, because they’ll go fast! I just throw a roll of paper towels in the middle of the table and let everyone go at it! I serve them with Potato Salad and Calico Beans and you’re in heaven! BBQ Ribs are everyone’s favorite, and you are gonna LOVE them, too!



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