Saturday, March 21, 2009

Fall Off the Bone Oven Baked Pork Spareribs with Sweet & Spicy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

When you don't want to fool with the grill or smoker, these fall off the bone spareribs will satisfy that rib craving. Slow baked in the oven, they'll hit the spot!

Fall Off the Bone Oven Ribs

Fall off the bone ribs, now that's what I'm talkin' about y'all! This beautiful weather the past few weeks has had me in the mood to get a garden going for sure, but it's also had me in the mood for barbecue! I have literally been craving it for weeks now.

Now, first things first {hissy fit warning} inevitably somebody is gonna pop by here from a random hit on the interwebs and lecture me that ribs are not supposed to be "fall off the bone" and that if they are it's just wrong. Well, bless your heart, if that's wrong then I don't wanna be right! You see, there are tens of thousands of us who actually really do like them that way. Besides that, I never have quite understood why folks think it's appropriate anyway to pop into somebody else's kitchen and tell them how they think they're cooking something "wrong." Anyway...

While I also enjoy a smoked rib that has a little tooth to it on occasion, I actually prefer them much more when they are ultra tender, and well... fall off the bone, and based on comments over the years, a lot of you also do. I do admire folks who have the tenacity and dedication to wood smoke meat, it's not for me. Although I have one of those fake smokers - you know, the kind that runs on electricity and wood chips - I rarely use it. Heck I barely grill as it is, it's just too hot here 99.9% of the time, and I used to struggle with trying to get the perfect rib on the grill until a friend suggested to forget about all that and just do them in the oven! Her version is delicious and you can find it right here. It's completely different than this one and can be finished on the grill. But the revelation that you just do not have to do ribs on the grill to get good ribs just totally liberated me! Though I do them on the grill on occasion, this method here gives a great rib using the oven.

For these oven ribs I also like doing a rub and then also applying barbecue sauce. There are some BBQ purists who will be driven over the edge about that too and will tell me use one or the other but not both. Well, that's just the way we happen to like them - sauced! If you'd rather skip the sauce, by all means, make it your own, but if you like sauce, don't skip the rub and give these both a try. If you want to add a bit of smokey flavor to these oven ribs, just before you put on the rub, take a teaspoon of liquid smoke and mix it with a tablespoon of water. Brush that on both sides of the ribs, then apply the dry rub.

Now first - I get questions about the differences between baby back ribs and spareribs (not that I'm any kind of a rib expert or anything...) - here's what I know.

Spareribs are from the belly area of the hog. They are generally large and fairly meaty, but they do contain more fat, and consequently, more flavor than baby back ribs do. These are often referred to as St. Louis style ribs.

Baby back ribs or pork loin back ribs are from the loin area of the hog. They are much leaner and the most tender of the ribs. They are also the most expensive.
And that's pretty much all I have to say about that (because, that's all I know about it!).

These ribs go low and slow in the oven, so once you get them going, you can pretty much go about your business around the house (or the yard) and just come back in 2 hours to put some sauce on them, wrap 'em up and let 'em go for another 2 hours. Sure beats worrying over the grill if you ask me. And you don't have to keep stoking the coals or worry over whether you have enough propane.

Now, I'll be honest. These ribs are indeed difficult to just pick up and eat off the bone, because well, they are so tender the bone just falls away. But nobody says that you still can't go on ahead and use your fingers to eat 'em anyway. Least not around these parts they don't! I say dig in, get messy, and lick those fingers because I'm tellin' ya, the rub is delicious, but if you like sauce too, especially a sweet and spicy sauce like we do in South Mississippi, you're definitely gonna love these with my homemade sauce too.


Recipe: Fall Off the Bone Oven Baked Pork Spareribs with Homemade Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 4 hours | Yield: About 4 servings per rack

Ingredients

Dry Rub
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 20 turns of the pepper grinder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
Instructions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Ribs will cook for a total time of 4 hours.

Combine all of the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Prepare the rack by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs and cutting away that extra little flap of tough meat across the top - just discard that or save for another use. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. On the bottom side of the ribs, sprinkle on a generous amount of the dry rub and rub it in. Set the ribs on the baking pan with the seasoned side down, and apply the remaining dry rub on the top side. Roast uncovered at 250 degrees F for 2 hours.

After the ribs have cooked for 2 hours, remove them and pour some of the sauce over the top of the ribs. Using a brush, gently spread the sauce all over the ribs. Cover the entire pan tightly with aluminum foil and return to the oven, baking for an additional 2 hours, or until the meat begins to pull away from the bone. If you like, unwrap, brush with a bit of sauce and finish under the broiler for a minute or so.

When ready to serve, brush a little extra sauce on each serving but definitely serve with a side of sauce for dipping. Don't forget some pasta salad, or maybe potato salad and what else but baked beans? Maybe some corn on the cob with compound butter would be nice too!

Cook's Notes: Depending on what kind of sauce you use, if you want a bit more of smokey flavor to the ribs, just before you put on the rub, take a teaspoon of liquid smoke and mix it with a tablespoon of water. Brush that on both sides of the ribs, then apply the dry rub. Not sure what to do with leftovers? Build a BBQ Sundae!

Time Saving Tip: Since these take some time to cook, I have a fantastic tip from Teresa T. that she was happy to let me pass on. She cooks 3 or 4 racks at a time, taking them through the first 2 hour phase of cooking. She keeps 1 rack going for supper, but allows the other 3 to cool, and then wraps them in a double layer of heavy duty foil, and freezes them. When she is ready for another rack she defrosts it, then continues the remaining 2 hours in the oven. Brilliant and what a great timesaver!

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66 comments:

  1. I'm just saying hi from SITS!! :)

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  2. Hi Kristen! Thanks for swingin' by!! Have a great weekend.

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  3. i like this cause i don't feel like doin the grill thing right now either......i have never made my own sauce, so i would like to try...thanks and have a good weekend and enjoy your gardening:)
    Joyce

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  4. Hey Joyce, I don't mind the grill thing at all, I love grilled food!! It's just that I have never been able to get perfect ribs solely on the grill and I think I've tried every way there is!! I know this sauce has a lot goin' on seasoning wise, but I gotta admit it is DELISH!!! Hope you give it a try sometime. Please let me know if you do.

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  5. We love ribs around here...these look great!

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  6. Thank you Julie! I'm the same way. I can practically eat a whole slab myself!

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  7. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I've made these 5 times now. I sub the sauce for Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ and add some pineapple juice to it.

    I normally make 4 slabs, and I run the first 2 hours uncovered in two separate trays and run one of the next one hours covered with the sauce, THEN I pull out the ribs, cut individually and place into one tray, touch up the sauce and cook ONE hour 30 mins more. - I do this as you cannot move the ribs with the recipe shown - they are TWO tender. I serve from the tray I consolidate the ribs into!

    Exceptional for a xmas secondary offering - where we're tired of ham and everything else :)

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  8. Trying BabyBack Ribs with Sweet Baby Rays Vidalia BBQ Sauce. Just finished oven-roast. Now to baste and seal for remaining cook time. Smells great...hope I cook them right.

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  9. I'm sure they will be great - let me know what you think!!

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  10. Great rub and sauce recipe! I like to pour about half of a hoppy beer into the pan for the last couple out hours. It gives the ribs a little earthy flavor. I've also used a spicy red wine instead of the beer.

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    1. I think those are both excellent suggestions, thanks!

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  11. I have had a little success in making ribs but they are never just right. I am going to give yours a try. That sauce looks amazing. I am so happy to be following your blog. when you get a chance check out my blog.

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    1. I know what you mean Andrea - hope that you give them a try!

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  12. Made these today...oh my!!! So easy. So good! The rub is outstanding and the ribs do literally fall off the bones. Thanks!!!

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  13. Oh come on! You are a Southerner... you HAVE to at least use a grill, preferably a smoker but either way, a little pecan wood! LOL! I prefer my ribs not falling off the bone as that's a bit over cooked. I like the mouth feel of ribs that are not fall off the bone. But then again, I'm a competition BBQ pitmaster so I'm slightly biased! :-)

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    1. Oh I do use a grill & I even have a cheater smoker too now :) but I don't have the patience that you pros have for that wood smoking business. You really have to be involved in the process to be into that! I'll gladly eat some though LOL!!

      Oh yes, we all also know how y'all feel about the "fall off the bone" theory too, but there are plenty of us who have to agree to disagree!! We love them when they are tender like that, my husband prefers them that way & I don't ever find them to be overcooked at all, but... I also enjoyed a grilled or smoked rib that has a bite to it too, though they are not my favorite. It's all good though. :)

      Thanks for stopping by to comment & say hello & hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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  14. We like the Country style ribs cut from Boston Butt, wonder if this would work for those also?
    Brenda

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  15. I have some in the oven right now! They smell fantastic already and we are only 1/2 hour in. Thank you!

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  16. I'm making these ribs today!! I got my spareribs at Wholefoods and this rub was already on them. I'm soooo excited to try these!!

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  17. I ABSOLUTELY loved them! Delicious! ! Instead of making home made sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray Sweet and Spicy ! Those ribs turned out GREAT!

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    1. SBR is my favorite commercial sauce too. I'm so glad you enjoyed the ribs & thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know!

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  18. I cooked mine yesterday! && they were absolutely delicious! I mean fall off the bone make you want to slap your parents! I loved them.

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    1. LOL, don't do that though!! Glad y'all enjoyed them!

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  19. Mary I have made these now three times and had to make bigger batches each time. Everyone loved them. I sent several here to get your recipe after they asked for the mine. I'll give you the true southern compliment always given when people asked is it good? Well "she cooks with love added."
    As for vacmaster, let him keep competing with others.You will always have happy guest at your table with this recipe. Thank you for posting this.

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    1. That IS a true Southern compliment - thanks so much for taking the time to stop back by and lift me up with that Bruce!!

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  20. Mary, I purchased a slab of pork ribs yesterday and SBR BBQ sauce...was going to do them in a crockpot (which I have NEVER done) but after reading your recipe it will be oven cooked. These look great, loved the tip of doing extras for the freezer, what a treat they would be in the middle of a Northern winter storm! Thank you for all the work you do and the recipes you provide! Have a good Memorial Day!

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    1. You're welcome Kandy & I think you're gonna love these!!

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  21. Ill be doing this tomorrow! I have my own house recipe but I suck majorly at timing. This looks perfect though! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to this. Will let you know if I screw it up.

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  22. Amazing recipe! Needed to cook up some spare ribs I had, so went looking online and found this. Had all I needed on hand. The rub was so yummy(Good as a stand alone)But I did add Sweet Baby Rays. They are fall off the bone, and used a fork with little effort. Did mine with Black beans and rice, and Broccoli. My father and I love it, and sure the rest in the house will. Keeping this recipe on hand, thanks for making dinner tonight easy, and tasty!!

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    1. You're so welcome Elean & thanks for stopping by to let me know!

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  23. I have some in the oven now for my rib-loving husband for Father's Day. They smell delicious!

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  24. Im cooking my ribs as we speak i made them previously came out soooooo good!!! I have my own sauce recipe which works wonderfully!!!

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    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying the recipe Lala and thank you so much for letting me know!

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  25. I have some in the oven as we speak made some previously came out soooo good. I have my own sauce recipe that works wonderfully

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  26. Cannot wait to try these! Putting them in the oven now!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. You're welcome Misti - hope y'all enjoy them!

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  27. Thanks for the recipe! Putting them in the oven now can't wait to try them!!!

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  28. Just made these ribs today, Mary...really did fall off the bone, and dry rub was fabulous! Thanks for posting these great recipes

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    1. You're welcome Cathy & thanks for letting me know that y'all enjoyed them. I really do love this method.

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  29. I am making these as we speak. One thing that helped me in advance is that I watched a video online about how to trim up the spare ribs that I bought. I like the attention to detail of your recipe, such as when to cover the ribs with foil and to apply sauce only to the upper side of the ribs. Little things like that are extremely helpful to me. I been cooking meals for over 25 years but I still love any new cooking tip that makes the food turn out great.

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    1. Thanks Camille! I do try to write my recipes so that both a novice and an experienced cook may both enjoy them!

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  30. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your blog. I am so thankful I stumbled across it. Made these ribs today and they were sinfully good! The dry rub was excellent. I did use Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce but will definitely try yours next time. I just started to teach myself to cook about a year ago so baby steps. LOL!! I'm a Texan but my Dad's side of the family is from Louisiana. He and my Grandma have both passed on and unfortunately I didn't bother to write down any of their recipes. I've found so many on your blog (or close enough) that it's like I am able to capture a little bit of the great food I grew up on. I can't thank you enough. :) Happy Labor Day!!

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    1. You're welcome Shane & thank you for taking the time to stop back by and leave such a sweet note for me! I hope that you enjoy trying a few more recipes too. Welcome!!

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  31. Oh Mary, made these yesterday and they were DELICIOUS (and yes that deserved all caps)!! :) I just started to teach myself to cook about a year ago and this was my first attempt at baby backs. Suffice to say, I was extremely proud of myself. The dry rub was fantastic and fall off the bone they did! I did use Sweet Baby Ray's sauce and next time will try my hand at your homemade sauce but being a beginner I thought it was best to take baby steps. Thank you so much and I can't wait to try your smothered pork chops and quite a few others.

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    1. You're welcome Shane & I hope that you enjoy the other recipes too!!

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    2. I apologize for making two posts, I honestly didn't think the first had made it through but thanks for taking the time to reply to both.

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  32. I am using your recipe to make my very first bbq ribs! So far it smells amazing (cooking right now) and I can't wait to eat it!
    Thank you for this amazing recipe from the south and it will be enjoyed even further south all the way here in Australia!

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    1. You're so welcome Rebecca & I sure hope y'all enjoyed the ribs!

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  33. Mary..Ribs are one meat I was never able to master on the grill. Either they were undercooked or burnt to a crisp. It can be a complicated undertaking. With this recipie, you have made it simple and they look delicious!! I will surprise my wife with these. I live up North now, but a native Southerner (La.) Thank you for this blog and I will be back for more!!

    Gil

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    1. Oh don't I agree! It's frustrating isn't it? I did finally come up with an oven and finish on the grill method I was happy with. Find that one here or I have an indirect method here too but you pretty much have to have a large grill to pull that one off. I think you'll be super happy with these oven ribs though! I'm so happy to meet you - welcome & let me know how the ribs were received!!

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  34. Just tried your recipe and so glad we did! The rub recipe is excellent and really makes it all so good. By the way, I like ribs that fall off the bone, too! Means they are really tender.

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    1. I have folks that also like to fuss at me about having a rub and using sauce, but we happen to like to sauce our ribs no matter how they are cooked!! I'm so glad y'all enjoyed them & thanks for stopping by to let me know!!

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  35. Do you know how elevation might affect cooking times for this recipe? I live at a fairly high elevation, which often means that baked goods require more time in the oven. I just don't know if the same applies for meats.

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    1. I'm afraid I'm not at all experienced with high altitude cooking and baking but from my limited understanding I think meats also may take longer to cook, so allow for that the first time you try a recipe. You'll have to check them for tenderness at the end of the cooking time and make adjustments for additional time from there.

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  36. Mary, I have made these several times, and I cannot thank you enough! They are FANTASTIC! I have lived in apartments or condos that do not allow grills, much less smokers, so this is a great way to get my rib fix without having to go out.

    The key to these really is that tight seal of foil on the 2nd cook. I didn't pay much attention to it the first few times, but boy could I tell a difference when I did! The ribs really do get much more tender if the foil is sealed tight.

    I did have to start adding a bit more salt to the rub because my DH is quite the salt fiend, but other than that, I don't change a thing.

    ps. I'm a lifelong southern girl that has recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, and let me tell you, everyone that I have cooked these for LOVES them! They always want me to make more "southern food." :-)

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  37. The only thing I didn't like in your "additional" ideas was using liquid smoke. In a pinch, sure thing. Otherwise season the ribs and place in your smoker for 30 minutes. Pull out and right into the preheated oven. Reduce time 20% in the oven. Then, stand back!!!

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  38. Hi Mary,
    I am from Germany and I had already done an extended internet search for spareribs that are made in the oven. I love spareribs but we don't have a barbecue and the only restaurant in Germany where you can have spareribs which taste as in the US is in the Hardrock Cafe. When I found your recipe we tried it immediately and we really love it! Many thanks from us.
    Birgitt

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    1. Hi Birgitt!! So excited to see you here on my blog & super thrilled that y'all loved the ribs. It's a very popular recipe & really quite a bit easier than fooling with a smoker, or really even a grill. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and let me know that y'all enjoyed the recipe. I really appreciate you taking the time to do that!

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