How to Cook Baby Back Ribs

Are you looking for a great baby back rib recipe? Slow cooking baby back ribs in the oven is an ideal way to get ribs that are so tender the meat will fall right off the bones. They may seem a little time consuming for a week day meal, but they are perfect for the weekends or a special occasion.

The idea of cooking perfectly tender baby back ribs can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be difficult. Baby back ribs aren't just for restaurant menus - they can be made at home. The trick is patience: the ribs are slow cooked and the timing has to be just right. And of course, when cooking any kind of barbecue, the selection of the perfect sauce is a big choice. You can go for a sweeter sauce or one with a "kick" of spices, depending on your personal taste. Dry rubs can be used as well to add extra flavor to the meat. Read on to learn how to cook baby back ribs.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • Braising sauce:
    • 1 cup dry red wine
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 1/3 cup ketchup
    • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushedhttp://features.csmonitor.com/gardening/2008/06/30/cooking-with-garlic/ http://startcooking.com/blog/50/How-to-Peel-Garlic                                

Equipment

  • Large baking sheet
  • Roasting pan
  • Small saucepan
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Oven
  • Microwave oven
  • Microwave-safe container/bowl

Step 2: Prepare the Ribs

  1. Place ribs on a sheet of extra-wide, heavy-duty aluminum foil.http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Baby-Back-Ribs-2
    • TIP: The foil should be large enough that you can wrap and seal the ribs with a single sheet.http://www.thatsmyhome.com/momsdiner/pork/competition-bbq-ribs.htm
  2. Combine all dry rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well.http://www.recipezaar.com/Dry-Baby-Back-Ribs-84836
  3. Sprinkle the rub on both sides of the ribs and pat into the meat. Fold the foil tightly over the ribs.http://caloriecount.about.com/baby-back-ribs-recipe-r118296
  4. Place the foil packet in the roasting pan or baking sheet and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours or overnight.http://caloriecount.about.com/baby-back-ribs-recipe-r118296

Step 3: Cook the Ribs

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/who-loves-ya-baby-back-recipe/index.html
  2. After the rub has set, place the wrapped ribs on a large sheet pan or roasting pan.http://www.recipezaar.com/Dry-Baby-Back-Ribs-84836
  3. Using a microwavable-safe container, combine the braising sauce ingredients and microwave for one minute on high, set aside.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/who-loves-ya-baby-back-recipe/index.html
  4. Open the end of the foil packed ribs and carefully pour in the braising liquid.http://tigernet.com/blogs/chefsblog/entry/ming_s_ribs
  5. Re-crimp the foil, sealing it tightly, and then tilt the pan to evenly distribute the liquid.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/who-loves-ya-baby-back-recipe/index.html
  6. Bake in the 250-degree F oven for about 2 1/2 hours.http://www.culinarycafe.com/Meat_Dishes/Oven_Ribs.html
    • TIP: The ribs are done when the bones are loose in their sockets and the meat starts to crack and break.http://www.amazingribs.com/tips_and_technique/are_they_ready.html

Step 4: Prepare the Glaze

  1. Remove the pan of ribs from the oven.

  2. Open one end of the foil packet and carefully drain all the juice small saucepan.http://tigernet.com/blogs/chefsblog/entry/ming_s_ribs

  3. Re-cover ribs with foil and let the ribs rest for a while.

  4. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently until it reduces to a thick, syrupy consistency.http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/baby-back-ribs-marinated-in-tamarind-sauce?autonomy_kw=Baby%20Back%20Ribs&rsc=header_2

  5. Remove the pan from the heat.

Step 5: Glaze the Ribs

  1. Open the foil-covered ribs and brush them with the glazing sauce.http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/South-Carolina-Style-Ribs
  2. Move the oven rack to the next-to-the-top position and set oven temperature to broil.
  3. Place the ribs under the broiler for one to two minutes in order to caramelize the glaze on the ribs.http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/baby-back-ribs-marinated-in-tamarind-sauce?autonomy_kw=Baby%20Back%20Ribs&rsc=header_2
    • TIP: This step will be at a high temperature, so keep an eye on the broiler to make sure that the ribs don't burn.http://www.winethatsmine.com/ribs.htm
  4. Flip the ribs over, brush with another coat of the glazing sauce, then and broil for a minute longer.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/who-loves-ya-baby-back-recipe/index.html
  5. Remove the ribs from the foil packet and cut into equal portions.http://caloriecount.about.com/baby-back-ribs-recipe-r118296
  6. Allow to set ribs to set for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Baked-Baby-Back-Ribs-with-Lemon-Confit-Marinade-109164

Variations

  1. Bottled barbecue sauce makes baby back ribs quick and easy.http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baby-Back-Ribs/Detail.aspx

  2. Emeril Lagasse serves up his ribs with homemade barbecue sauce and smashed potato salad.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/emerils-baby-back-ribs-with-homemade-barbecue-sauce-and-smashed-potato-salad-recipe/index.html

  3. A bourbon glaze gives ribs a little kick.http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Bourbon-Glazed-Baby-Back-Ribs-235341

  4. Try adding bacon, beer and maple syrup for a unique flavor. http://www.recipezaar.com/Smokin-Maple-Bacon-Beer-Baby-Back-Ribs-71686

  5. Try an Asian take on the traditional baby back rib recipe.http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/asian-style-baby-back-ribs?autonomy_kw=Baby%20Back%20Ribs&rsc=header_1

  6. Use a slow cooker to drastically simplify the cooking process.http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Lazy-Man-s-Ribs

Serving Suggestions

Depending on how they are prepared, baby back ribs can be served along with a number of side dishes. Some of the most common sides include:

References

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