For years, whenever Mr. 46 or Mr. 11 wanted ribs, we went to a barbecue joint because I once found big, hunks of meat intimidating to cook. But boy was I mistaken, especially when it comes to ribs. I don’t think there’s a more hands-off dish in the world than ribs. And your homemade ribs, even if your first attempt or two is clumsy, will be far better than any restaurant version. And incredibly cheaper too. I was frequently buying spare ribs this summer for $1.99 a pound. An average rack was 5 pounds and would be at least one meal for the three of us.
This is all you do for spicy, sweet, smoky and meaty ribs that will have your family worshipping you.
Mix up a bunch of spices in a container. I like to use a container with a lid so I can just shake it really hard to combine all the spice. This spice rub recipe is from Bobby Flay. Rub said spices into a rack or two of spare ribs, which you then wrap up in foil, lay in a roasting pan and bake for three hours or until meat is falling off the bone. Boom. Done. If you want to get fancy, after the three hours you can unwrap the ribs and baste them on a gas or charcoal grill with your favorite sauce. Serve and take a bow.
Do you have a favorite rub recipe to put on ribs? Tell me what it is in the comments. Have you made ribs before? What do you think about ease of preparation?