Sunday, May 27, 2012

Holiday Eats: Foolproof Ribs

I got lazy. I admit it. I didn't want to spend 6 hours smoking ribs.  I have and they were wonderful.  This Memorial Day weekend, I have to travel on holiday to a business meeting on Monday.  Today I wanted to have ribs. So. Here's how I did it.

I used two slabs of "St. Louis Style" pork ribs.  Trimmed and leaner than most.  For the initial cook, I use a mixture of basic cooking spices I buy in the form of "Adobo" spice. It is a combo of garlic, pepper, onion, oregano and other spices that give a good base of flavor.  I don't particularly like a complicated "rub" after trying them several times.  Just not my taste.

I split the racks in half, just for ease in handling. I place them, bone side down, in a half-sheet pan lined in foil in a 300 degree preheated oven.  Cook until just done, about 2 hours. Check the internal temp at about 160 degrees. I just jiggle the bone and when they move easily, they are done.

After they stand for about 15 minutes, I use whatever finishing sauce I want and pop them under the broiler until they are hot and the glaze is set.  Next time, Ill get to this stage and put them on the grill for that little "crisping up" I think they could use.  Bon appetit!

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