We celebrated election day with some baby back ribs.
Ribs take so long (slow and low) that I planned ahead a little, and did them in two stages. I guess you could use a crockpot, but everything I make in the crockpot tastes like dog food/Dinty Moore Beef Stew, so I didn't really want to go that route.
There's no real "recipe" in this post - it's more of a technique.
After dinner yesterday, I prepared a 9x13 pyrex pan with foil (for easy clean-up). I cut the rack of ribs in half and set them aside while I prepared the magical spice rub. You can make your own spice rub with whatever spices you enjoy...this is what we like:
SPICE RUB - mix all ingredients together
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
You just rub the spice rub all over the ribs - on both sides - add about 1/4 cup of water to the pan, cover with foil and bake in a 225 degree oven for about 3 -4 hours. (Depending on how meaty the ribs are.) Right before I fell asleep, I transfered the whole pan (cooled) to the fridge for an overnight chill.
Last night, I returned the pan to the low oven for another hour. After that hour, I cranked the heat up to 425 degrees, and uncovered the meat. Baste the meat with your favorite BBQ sauce (I like the kind with honey in it!) and let cook for 15 minutes. Baste again, and cook again for another 15 minutes. Serve.
The ribs come out so finger lickin' good, and literally fell right off the bone.
I know it's not too lady-like for a girl to clean her plate - but that is just what happened. Tee-hee!