This weather is playing with my mind. I refuse to give in! It's so heavenly and cool in the mornings and evenings... It warms up through the middle of the day, but when the breeze blows, (and in the shade!) it has that tiny hint of coolness, the kind that tells you Fall is just around the corner... I'm not imagining it! But it's too early!! Not too early for me, of course, but according to the calendar, I am not allowed to get my hopes up! But oh, it feels so blissful... Could it be...??
Well, either way, it's still summer. And I still have some classic summer recipes to share! Although you can make this one anytime of the year, really!
Oven BBQ Ribs
3-4 lbs pork spareribs
1/8 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/8 cup kosher (coarse) salt
1/8 cup smoked paprika
2 Tb black pepper
1/2 Tb garlic powder
1/2 Tb onion powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (or homemade)
Whisk all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Place spareribs in a large pot and cover with cold water. (If you have a big long rack, cut it in half) Bring to a boil on high heat and boil for 5 minutes. This removes the worst of the exterior fat, which a grill would normally take care of, but we're doing this in the oven.
Take ribs out of the water, pat dry with paper towels, and place in a 9x13 baking dish. Cover both sides with the spice rub. If you have time, let it sit for a few hours with the spice rub on, up to overnight. If not, proceed!
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Pour a generous cup of BBQ sauce over the ribs. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until fork tender. (Check your ribs after 2 1/2 hours. Pull a bit of meat gently off the top with a fork. If it doesn't flake away easily, but is juicy underneath, give it another half hour. If it pulls apart, it's done!)