A chilly winter Sunday evening here for us and I had a hankering for some summer-time food for dinner (really, just out of ideas and I got these ribs on sale and thought they'd make a great Sunday dinner).
- 6 pounds baby back pork ribs
- 1 1/2 cups White sugar
- 1/4 cup Salt
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Ground black pepper
- 3 - 4 Tbsp Sweet paprika
- 1 tsp Cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 2 Tbsp Garlic powder
- 1-2 tsp chili powder
1. Clean the ribs, and trim away any excess fat. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, 1/4 cup salt, ground black pepper, paprika, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Coat ribs liberally with spice mix. Place the ribs a large dish, laying ribs next to each other in the dish. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. (Had success with the dry rub marinated for 4 hours.)
2. Remove ribs from the refrigerator. Wrap each rack of ribs in heavy duty foil (2x). Very important to wrap tightly so it doesn't drip while cooking.
3. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Bake uncovered for 3 to 4 hours, or until the ribs are tender and nearly fall apart. We like the top of the ribs to be a bit crispy so I placed each foil package of ribs on a cookie sheet and opened each foil pack so the ribs were exposed and baked another hour. Serve as is or with your favorite BBQ sauce. We like them both ways (dry or brushed with BBQ sauce).
Dry Rub Ingredients:
Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Garlic Powder, and Cayenne
Place Dry Rub on Ribs. Wrap in foil and place in fridge for 4 to 8 hours or overnight. Note: They do get messy when they bake in the oven so I like to place foil on the bottom of my baking dish/cookie sheet.
Ribs out of the oven after 4 hours .. meat is so tender and juicy. yum!
Dinner is served with skillet potatoes (sliced potatoes cooked with a bit of butter, onion, salt & pepper), corn on the cob and grapes. Made for a nice summer-like dinner during the winter!
Give this recipe a try. Real easy to make as long as you have the 4 hours of cook time. :)