Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs

Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs
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Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs

Peden + Munk

Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs

This go-to recipe for classic barbecued ribs embraces what we refer to as our "oven-cheat" method — a technique that'll get you ultra-tender meat without spending 12 hours manning a smoker. Choose your cut — baby backs or spareribs — and follow three simple steps: 1. Season. 2. Bake. 3. Grill.

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2  Tablespoons  kosher salt
  • 1  Tablespoon  dry mustard
  • 1  Tablespoon  paprika
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 8  Pounds  baby back ribs (8 racks) or spareribs (4 racks)
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill
  • Low-sodium chicken broth (optional)
  • 1 1/2  Cup  store-bought or homemade barbecue sauce, plus more for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Place each rack of ribs on a double layer of foil and sprinkle the rub all over the ribs. Wrap the racks individually and divide between 2 baking sheets.

Bake the ribs until very tender but not falling apart, about 2 hours for baby back ribs or 3 hours for spareribs. Carefully unwrap the ribs and pour any juices from the foil into a 4-cup heatproof measuring cup. Reserve the juices and let the ribs cool completely.*

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill on high heat. Brush the grate with oil. Add the broth or water to the rib juices, if needed, to measure 1 ½ cups. Whisk in the barbecue sauce to blend.

Grill the ribs, basting with the barbecue sauce mixture and turning frequently, until lacquered and charred in places and heated through, 7-10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut between the ribs to separate. Transfer to a platter and serve with more barbecue sauce.

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
87g
100%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
33g
100%
Cholesterol
405mg
100%
Carbohydrate, by difference
7g
5%
Protein
134g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
72µg
10%
Vitamin B-12
11µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
3mg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
110mg
11%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
43µg
11%
Iron, Fe
13mg
72%
Magnesium, Mg
127mg
40%
Niacin
28mg
100%
Phosphorus, P
877mg
100%
Riboflavin
2mg
100%
Selenium, Se
133µg
100%
Sodium, Na
422mg
28%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
271g
10%
Zinc, Zn
28mg
100%

Barbecue Shopping Tip

To add lots of flavor without a whole lot of fuss, try purchasing some steak seasoning.

Barbecue Cooking Tip

If you're cooking something that's been marinated, make sure to pat the item dry before it hits the grill. Any sugar in the marinade will burn.