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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fall Off The Bone Ribs

The 4th of July is right around the corner.  How will you be celebrating?  We will be grilling and chilling.  This week we will sharing all the recipes that we will be making for our celebration.

First up are these ribs.  We've tried to make ribs in the past. They were good but not great. I ran across this method of cooking ribs and decided to give it a try.  OMG - these ribs were un-freakin-believable!  Fall off the bone tender.  They were hands down the best ribs we've ever made.

Don't tell your guests, but these ribs are actually really simple to make.  They require very little hands on cooking time.  All you have to do is put the dry rub on the ribs, wrap them up in foil, bake them in the oven for 3 hours and then finish them off on the grill with some BBQ sauce.  This is our new go-to recipe for ribs.  These would be great for your 4th of July feast or even a football tailgate this fall.

Fall Off the Bone Ribs
(Printable Recipe)

3 racks baby rack ribs
Dry Rub (recipe below)
BBQ Sauce (recipe below)

Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. (I got my ribs at Costco and the membrane was already removed)  *I suggest cutting each rack of ribs in half - we had a hard time keeping them in one piece after they were cooked.*

Place one full rack of ribs on top of two sheets of heavy duty foil.  Apply rub generously to the front and back of the ribs, patting gently to ensure the rub adheres.  Fold and wrap foil around each rack.  Let ribs marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes to overnight.  (You can skip marinating if you are pressed for time).

Preheat the oven to 300°F.  Place rib packs on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any juices that may leak.  Cook ribs for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.   The ribs are done when you can twist the bones with little resistance.

Heat the grill.  Unwrap cooked ribs and transfer them carefully to the grill and brush with BBQ sauce.  Grill for 5-10 minutes.  Alternately, you can brush the ribs with BBQ sauce and cook them under the broiler in the oven.

4 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp kosher salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion salt
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin

This was enough for 3 slabs of ribs

BBQ sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes hot sauce
1 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp celery seed

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Heat to boiling. Let simmer for 30 minutes.

This was enough for all 3 slabs of ribs.

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  1. My gosh these sound amazing!! I have tried quite a few of your recipes with great success! Thanks for what looks to be another winner!

  2. Believe it or not, I've never done any meat with a dry rub.

    With a name like this and your recommendation, I've got to give these a try.

  3. I was just telling my husband the other day we don't do ribs anymore. What a great day to find your post! Now I have a reason to get some ribs.

  4. We're going to my parents for the 4th and they're hosting Ribfest! :) Ribs are perfect for the 4th of July, I can't wait!

  5. Excellent. I love to over bake ribs and they're fall off the bone tender. People work way to hard to make ribs. Simple is best.

  6. I'll have to try your sauce on my ribs. I like celery seed, it packs such a unique flavor.

  7. Made these for a big group. Everyone loved them. Made the totally in the oven due to weather. I loved these!

    Girl, I am taking yur button to my sidebar..I want everybody to come take a look at these...and all the other good stuff you turn out.
    whew...these look good.
    I am thrilled to have a Rub recipe AND the sauce.

  9. Love your blog and boy are these ribs a keeper for sure! I used our favorite KC sauce but your rub was amazing and like you said, the meat falls off the bone. Featured them in my blog today with a link to you of course. Thanks for what is now a family favorite!
    Dorothy in Arizona

  10. I saw this on Pinterest, and we loved it!! It was so good, even my Texas snob husband couldn't get enough, so we had to go get more ribs and I'm making them again tonight. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

    Katie in Dallas

  11. We just started cooking our ribs like this recently and they ARE fall apart tender (but we only bake them for 2 hours). Thanks for the rub and sauce recipe, I'm always looking for good ones.

  12. G'day! I LOVE ribs, true!
    Your looks SO delish...I would like some now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    What's On The List

  13. Can you cook the ribs in the oven a day or two ahead of time and throw them on the grill the day you eat them?

    1. I think that would be fine - great idea!

  14. These were AMAZING! (much like most of your dishes!) I have never even thought about making ribs before, and had no idea what I was doing. I peeled the membranes while holding my 13 month old in a sling, and burned the first batch of bbq sauce (nursing - priorities, ya know?!), but in the end, they were so good, that we ended up eating both racks - even Baby E was loving it! They were spicy (maybe I was a little heavy handed with the sriracha :-D), but not too much so, and they really did fall off the bone! I will be making these again for SURE!


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