Monday, August 23, 2010

Fall Off the bone BBQ Ribs

I love the flavor of ribs, I used to hate that you had to pick it up to gnaw on it and get all that great meat off the bone, so I never really ever made them. A friend of mine showed me how to create fall off the bone.. and I do not exaggerate people, the meat literally slides off the bone. Combine that with some spice rub and BBQ sauce you have yourself a showstopper BBQ dinner.
Recipe courtesy Tim Strand 


2-3 racks Baby Back or spare  Ribs  whatever you prefer (Costco has a great pack of baby back ribs that are excellent quality and cook to perfection each pack has 3 racks)

1 bottle your favorite BBQ Sauce
2 TBS Liquid smoke
Rib Rub (see rub recipe)

Rib Rub Ingredients

1/8 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup salt (Kosher is best)
1/8 cup onion powder
1/8 cup paprika
1 TBS black pepper
1 TBS chili powder
1 TBS dry mustard
1 TBS red pepper (Cayenne Pepper)
1 TBS garlic powder
Makes enough for 2 racks of ribs

Pre-Heat oven to 270F (132C)
Remove ribs from packet. Pat dry with a paper towel.

To prepare the ribs for maximum tenderness you need to strip the back of the clear membranes. 
With a sharp knife (preferably one that is long and skinny) you need to try to slip it between the membrane and the flesh. If you have too much difficulty doing this (it took me 2 racks to perfect it myself) at least scour the membrane so it can split off the meat when it cooks. If you do this be careful
 not to slice too deep so as to get into the flesh.
This takes time but I think it makes a huge difference in the end product, if you can try to slice the membrane 
off altogether that will produce the best result.

Prepare a roasting pan by placing approx 1 inch water in the bottom. Add your liquid smoke to this water.

place the roasting rack in the pan to check the water will not be touching the meat.

Apply rub liberally all over the racks of ribs (note if your ribs are too long for the pan you might have to cut them in half)
Once spiced place them on the roasting rack, it is o.k. to place some on top of each other.
Cover with tin foil. Place in ven on middle rack and cook for 7-8 hours.
 When ribs are done in the oven heat your BBQ/Grill to medium temp.
While the ribs are laying on one side coat it with your BBQ sauce. 
coat some nonstick oil on the BBQ right before you put on your ribs .. the tender meat will stick!

Using long tongs or a super long spatula VERY carefully pick up ribs (1 rack at a time people). They are so tender they will slide off the bone when you try to pick them up. Place them on the BBQ sauce side down. Quickly coat the other side with sauce.

Flip oh so carefully when the front side is heated through. Remember the meat is already cooked you are just basting and infusing your bbq sauce flavor.

this is how clean your bones will be!
When heated on both sides remove from grill and serve juicy hot!!!

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