The trick to making ribs with meat that literally falls off the bone, is to steam (or boil) them before putting the sauce on…and I’m sure a few die-hard rib-masters would disagree with me on this…but I have had tons of people tell me that I should enter these ribs in a rib contest.
This recipe for ribs and barbeque sauce has been a hit at my Super Bowl and 4th of July parties for many years.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
What You Need To Make Ribs And Barbeque Sauce
1 package of side or back pork ribs (approximately 5 lbs)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup light molasses
1/2 cup onions, chopped
3 whole garlic cloves
4 narrow strips of orange rind, diced
juice of half an orange
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp thick meat sauce (eg. HP Sauce or A1 Sauce)
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp tabasco sauce
Putting The Ribs And Barbeque Sauce Together
1. Chop spareribs into sections. For parties, I usually chop the ribs into individual ribs. For serving at dinner, you can use sections of 2 – 3 ribs.
2. Steam or boil the ribs until they are cooked and falling off the bone:
a. Heat the oven to 350ºF.
b. Fill a shallow baking dish with water and place it on a bottom rack in the oven
c. Lay the ribs out on a cookie sheet or grill pan.
d. Place the ribs on a higher rack in the oven.
e. Cook for about 1½ hours.
a. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
b. Add the ribs to the water
c. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
3. In the meantime, make the bar-b-q sauce.
4. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan.
5. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Remove sauce from the heat and let cool.
7. When the ribs are finished pre-cooking, if you boiled the ribs, arrange them on a baking sheet
8. Brush the ribs with the bar-b-q sauce.
9. Cook uncovered at 400° F for 15 minutes. The ribs can also be cooked for 15 minutes on the grill.
If you are preparing for a party, you can steam or boil the ribs ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. Just before the party, brush on the bar-b-q sauce and re-heat for a half hour at 350º F. Then turn up the heat to 400° F for a few minutes to brown the tops (or if you prefer, you can grill them for about 30 minutes over a medium fire, turning once).