Summer is coming! My least favorite of seasons. Not for Trinh though. She loves summer. That lucky pig gets to roast in the sun all day because she’s off. One of the major perks of being a teacher, I guess. Lucky pig.
To me, summer means I’d be exposed to more of things that I don’t really care for: the sun, outdoor activities, people. The only redeeming thing about it is the food. I love me some BBQ! I love eating, period.
It’s difficult for me to go to a BBQ because that usually means being outdoors, eating under the sun, and interacting with other people.
If you want to avoid all that social nonsense, you can cook ribs in your oven, indoors, all by yourself!
You will need:
3 lbs of baby back pork ribs
2 tsp of pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 – 2 cups of brown sugar
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
Peel the membrane off the bony side of the ribs. Use a spoon to get under it, if you’re having trouble. This will allow the dry rub to directly coat the meat.
Here is a comparison of what the meat looks like after the membrane is removed. The top rack has the shiny membrane removed, and the bottom rack still has it on.
Combine the brown sugar, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic to make the rub.
Use your hands to apply the rub to all sides of the ribs. Really work it in.
Line an oven safe dish or a baking sheet with foil. Place the ribs on the foil, meat side down/bone side up. Cover with another piece of foil to form a sort of sealed tent over the ribs.
Bake at 325 degrees for 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
Remove from the oven. Brush on as much BBQ sauce as you’d like.
I used a store bought sauce since most of the flavor will come from the dry rub. However, if you’d like to make your own sauce, feel free. I hear that Trinh’s husband makes a homemade BBQ sauce that is delicious! Maybe they’ll stop being so greedy, and they’ll share it with us…
After you smother the ribs with sauce, place it under the broiler uncovered for 1-2 minutes. It doesn’t have to be for very long, just long enough for the sauce to cook onto it. Repeat on both sides of the meat.
Go put on your sweatpants or your eatin’ dress; it’s time to chow down!