Have I told you that I love ribs?
They're my favorite and what I always chose for my birthday dinner growing up.
If they happen to be ribs from JK's back home in NC they're hands down the best food I've eaten and my death row meal choice.
I am preferable to a dry rub version, sans sauce, while Johnny loves his covered in sauce. Tonight I cut a rack of baby back ribs in half and cooked each half to our liking.
To make my rub I used:
First I rinsed the ribs and cut them in half. My half was coated with a light shmear of spicy brown mustard and then the dry rub pressed in and shmeared around.
Johnny's half received a coating of applewood smoked barbeque sauce. A vinegar tang with the sweetness of apples, it even had some small chunks of apples in it. Really delicious!
Raise your oven rack up and turn the broiler on. Put the ribs on a foil-lined baking pan and let each side brown under the broiler for about 5 minutes. The outside of the ribs will crackle and sizzle, with a few spots of brown and black.
Remove the ribs from the oven, lower the rack back to normal, and lower the oven temperature to 250°.
Next, put the foil-lined baking sheet on the 2nd rack, spray a light coating of non-stick spray on the top rack, and place the ribs directly on the oven rack. Set the timer for 35 minutes and walk away.
Once the timer goes off, flip the ribs, and apply another coat of sauce, if using. Set the timer for another 35 minutes.
After the timer goes off the second time, flip the ribs again, apply the last layer of sauce and turn the broiler back on for the last 5 minutes.
Remove the ribs from the oven and allow them to rest a few minutes.
Turn upside down for easy cutting, and slice between each bone to separate the ribs. They should be really tender and juicy on the inside with a delicious char on the outside.
These were served alongside Trader Joe's teeny tiny potatoes and brussel sprouts. Both recipes to come in the next two posts!