There is nothing my husband loves more than a rack of barbecue ribs. The first time I ever made them for him didn’t go so well. I tried a crock pot recipe and they ended up more water-logged than anything. I don’t think anybody wants water-logged ribs. My sweet Erik ate them anyway with feigned happiness but I’ve been trying to perfect them ever since. So today I want to share with you my recipe for perfectly tender BBQ ribs.
To make these ribs, combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, cayenne pepper and paprika in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning on all sides of the ribs, coating thoroughly. Then, move the ribs to a baking sheet, cover with foil and place in an oven preheated to 275° F. Bake for 2 hours. Baking at a lower temperature for a longer period of time will slowly roast the ribs making them more tender.
Once the ribs have baked for 2 hours, remove them from the oven. If there are any juices that have cooked out of the ribs, go ahead and discard it now. Brush them with the BBQ sauce on all sides until thoroughly coated. Return to the oven and continue to bake for an additional 30 minutes. When the ribs have finished cooking, remove from the oven. I like to test them with a meat thermometer to double check the internal temperature. Barbecue ribs are safe to consume when their internal temperature has reached 145 degrees. I let the temperature reach about 180 degrees though, in order to really get the ribs tender and juicy.
Another tip is to let the ribs rest after coming out of the oven. This allows the time needed for the juices in the meat to redistribute. About 10-15 minutes should do. Then you can dig in!
Juicy and Flavorful Barbecue Ribs
- 1/2 Rack Ribs
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- 1 Tsp. Pepper
- 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
- 1 Tsp. Dry Mustard
- 1/2 Tsp. Paprika
- 1/4 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Cup Barbecue Sauce
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 275 °F
- Step 2 Mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, paprika, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl.
- Step 3 Sprinkle the seasoning on the ribs, coating both sides.
- Step 4 Cover with tin foil and bake for 2 hours.
- Step 5 Remove the ribs from the oven and brush with barbecue sauce. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes.