There are many different ways to prepare and cook Barbecue Beef Ribs and because a lot of you don’t have a grill or a smoker, I decided to break it down, into the simplest form, by showing you how I bake them in an oven. Plus, doing it this way, it’s pretty much a set it and forget it type of recipe and with a tiny bit of prep and a little patience, you can be enjoying delicious Barbecue Beef Ribs in just a few short hours and have plenty of time to spare, in between, cooking side dishes while sipping a cold one.
Barbecue Beef Ribs Options
Technically, cooking Barbecue Beef Ribs in the oven isn’t exactly barbecue because they’re not cooked over an open flame, which gives a real nice smoky flavor an oven can’t provide. So, you might want to consider rubbing the meat with some liquid smoke, if that’s the flavor you’re going for. The rub recipe I use has smoked paprika in it, so if you’re using my recipe you won’t need it. Some folks like to rub Worcestershire into the meat before they salt and pepper and that’s a great alternative as well. The three steps I use is very simple and you can choose to use any 1,2 or all 3 of them if you like. First, Kosher Salt and Pepper. Second, Meat Rub and Third, Barbecue Sauce.
I like to use my Brisket Rub recipe and the Barbecue Sauce I posted a while back. Both recipes are in clickable links in the ingredients down below if you want to learn them and give them a try. Otherwise, just stick with your favorite rub and and sauce.
The Rub and Sauce are optional but links are included for the ingredients of each recipe, if you’d like to try them on your ribs. Bake for 3 hours at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re adding barbecue sauce, bake the Barbecue Beef Ribs for another 10 minutes and bump the heat up to 350.
This Barbecue Spare Ribs recipe is fall off the bone tender and absolutely delicious. The best part is, you can use any barbecue sauce you want and still get the same results. So if you’ve already got a favorite recipe you like to whip up or one that is already bottled, you can skip the barbecue sauce preparation altogether. Just a rack of ribs and a cup of sauce is all you’re going to need to bake these ribs to perfection.
How to make Barbecue Spare Ribs Tender
The secret, for Barbecue Spare ribs, lies in the slow and low method. This recipe takes a total of 3 hours from beginning to end but it is worth it. As you can see in my video recipe tutorial, the meat will just melt in your mouth. And as far as P.F. Chang’s recipe is concerned, the truth is, this recipe is better and I say that for two reasons. First, Chang’s doesn’t season their ribs; just a barbecue sauce marinade for 24 hours. Second, they cook their ribs in half the time I’m recommending and at a higher temperature, so the ribs aren’t as tender. That being said, I highly suggest that you use this slow and low method if you want the best results.
Barbecue Spare Ribs Ingredients:
1 rack Spare Ribs
1 cup Barbecue Sauce
1 tbsp Seafood Boil Seasoning (Zatarains, Slap Ya Mama or Old Bay), optional
This Oven Baked Ribs recipe is designed to make everyone happy with that outdoor grilling or smoker taste, texture and tenderness. This isn’t a spicy recipe but it can easily be converted if you’re looking for more kick. The main purpose and idea behind this technique is to resemble the expensive time consuming style of professional smokers without the added expenditures. This Rack of ribs cost me under $8 bucks and it fed my family of 5 without even another dollar worth of seasoning added. Beat that at your local Steak House!
Slow and Low Oven Baked Ribs
The slow and low method is what’s really going to bring these Oven Baked Ribs to life. If you do it the way I demonstrate, your ribs will end up with a light crispy outside and a juicy fall off the bone tender bite that will just melt in your mouth with every nibble. Liquid Smoke will get you that “Fresh of the Grill” taste and then all you have to do is season the meat with Salt, Pepper and Cumin Before you take it to the oven and bake.
Be sure to watch the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make the most fall off the bone tender, Oven Baked Ribs.
Oven Baked Ribs Ingredients:
1 Rack of Pork Baby Back Ribs
1 tsp Liquid Smoke
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Ground Cumin
Barbecue Sauce for Dipping
Pull the Membrane and season the ribs. Place in an oven safe pan and lightly cover with Tin Foil. Bake 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. Then 350 degrees for 30 minutes with the tin foil pulled off and serve your Oven Baked Ribs.