BBQ Ribs

Pork Loin Baby Back Ribs

BBQ Pork Ribs

Prep Time: 30-45 min.

Cook Time: 3 ½ Hours

Yield: 6 servings

3 2.5 to 3 lbs Racks1 12 oz. beer

Season Salt

Season Pepper

Granulated Garlic

2 to 3 Bay Leaves

5 to 10 Dashes TabascoTM

1 ½ Bottles of your favorite BBQ sauce.

I used Sweet Baby Rays.There are many paths up the mountain and just as many ways to cook baby back pork ribs. This is how I learned to cook them while working in the restaurant. What is nice about this method is that you can cook them one day and the finish them on the grill the next. We used to store them in a bin covered with BBQ sauce.Preheat oven to 350º. Season the ribs liberally with Season Pepper, Season Salt and Garlic.

Season the Ribs

Use the Season Pepper first; the rest of the seasoning will stick better if you do.

Pepper First

Place the ribs in a full size hotel pan. If you don’t have a full size hotel pan you can put them in a roasting pan or cut them in half and use a 13×9 pan. Just be sure the edge of the pan comes up over the top of the ribs. Pour in the beer and dashes of TabascoTM then throw in the Bay Leaves.

Pour in the Beer

Cover the ribs with aluminum foil. If your foil isn’t wide enough put two pieces together and fold one side over a couple of time to make a double wide piece of foil.

Cover with Foil

Place in preheated oven and cook for 2 ½ to 3 hours, or until the bones are loose when you try to twist them. Be sure not to cook them too much or you will end up with the meat falling of the bone before you can eat it.

Once the ribs are done remove them from the pan and let cool. I put mine in the fridge and finished them the next day. This is a great way to do it, especially if you want to cook them for a party.

Cooling the Ribs

So the next day, or later that same day, start your grill in any way that you see fit. I have been using propane for about 4 years now. I won a gas grill from WLAV, which is a classic rock radio station in the area, a few years ago so that’s what I’ve been using. I can go either way, they both have their good and bad points. Coals have better flavor but gas is quicker and easier.

After it reaches heat I grabbed the ribs out of the fridge , poured my BBQ sauce of choice into a bowl and a BBQ brush (silicone) then headed out side.

Turn the grill down to medium. You are now just essentially reheating and glazing the ribs with sauce. I started them with the bone side down and let them cook/reheat for about 5 min.

Start Bone Side Down

Turn them over and sauce the bone side and let them cook/reheat for another five min. be sure to watch for flame up and burning. Turn them bone side down again and sauce the tops. Now that the sauce is on, turn the burners to low and be sure to watch for burning sauce. Turn them top side down to set the sauce and you are done.

Finsh Cooking and Glazing

Plate and enjoy. I served mine with steak fries.

Plated, Ready to Eat.


3 Responses to “BBQ Ribs”

  1. […] BBQ Baby Back Ribs: Cook these the day before and finish on the grill game day […]

  2. Hi, I have 16 racks to cook for a party, this sounds like an easy way, I have seen where you leave in oven for 9 hours at low heat does this work just as well?

  3. Chef Benwa says:

    Whoa there Kathleen!!! Cook them for 9 hours and you could run the ribs thru a sieve and have nothing to show but the bones. Even at 200 degrees they would over cook.

    You probably will have a hard enough time cooking 16 rack the day before.

    If you can manage, put 8 rack per hotel pan if not you will need 3 pans.

    If you are doing this at home you will be lucky to get three pans in the oven at a time.

    Be sure to cover with foil or they will dry out.

    Just follow the directions and you will be fine. As a bonus you will probably enjoy the party a whole lot more too

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