Why You Should Make Barbecued Ribs the Easy Way

(Last Updated On: January 10, 2018)

Barbecuing Ribs

4th of July: fireworks, barbecued ribs, picnics and trips to the beach. I love all the holiday traditions, except one. I know this sounds like sacrilege, but my favorite barbecued ribs recipe relies on cooking in the oven.

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Lillies Q Barbecue Sauces

Growing Up with Barbeque

Barbecued ribs were a passion for my father. As a neighborhood bad boy, they symbolized his flaunting of convention. He became a connoisseur. We tried ribs throughout the Detroit area and while on vacation.

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Barbecued Ribs

Making Ribs

I joined his barbecued rib quest, but I also make my own. While it is possible to make them on the grill, I think it’s easier to control the temperature in the oven. I want a delicious meal, but it’s also a holiday. I love the idea of putting something in the oven, and giving it little attention beyond occasional basting.

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Spice House Rub

My recipe owes a great debt to Ina Garten. She says: keep it simple and use the best ingredients. With that in mind I bought tender baby back ribs and a rub from Chicago’s Spice House. I often blend own spices, but I also love the unique combinations at this local store. I tried the Caribbean Calypso Seasoning, a combination of citrus peels, hot peppers, nutmeg and coriander mixed with salt.

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Ribs Ready to be Cooked: Coated with Rub and Sauce

Sauce

I’ve tried many barbecue sauce recipes. Nothing I’ve made compares to the sauce by another local favorite, Lillie’s Q. I chose their tomato – vinegar based Carolina Sauce, but they have a sauce from every barbecue region. Also, if you want the taste of outdoor cooking try their Smoky or Hot Smoky.

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Charred Broccoli

For more dishes for your Fourth of July celebration  try my recipes for Charred Broccoli or  a refreshing Orange and Avocado Salad.

Also for ideas for family fun on the 4th, read my tip on 30seconds.com

Recipe

Easy Barbecued Ribs in the Oven

Serves 2-4

2 racks baby back ribs

Spice House Caribbean Calypso Seasoning

Lillies Q Carolina Sauce

 

Sprinkle the rub on the both sides of the meat and rub it in. Refrigerate overnight or for 4 hours before cooking.

Preheat the oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange the racks meat side up and and apply a thin coating of sauce to the ribs. Tent the pan with foil. Bake for 2-2 ½ hours until the meat is falling off the bone. Apply another coating of sauce on the ribs and put under the broiler 3-5 minutes until the sauce has caramelized. Cut into sections of 3-5 ribs. Serve.

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