To start I don’t cook, smoke, or bake a lot of ribs. They just never seem to be around the homestead. With that said, I was handed a massive mound of side ribs the other day and didn’t really know what to do. From what I understand, these are the ghetto version of ribs. More specifically, they are not as tender and will require a long cooking time.
Without a smoker and/or a desire to fire up the BBQ, I figured it couldn’t be a bad thing to attempt most of the process in the oven. I chopped each of the four slabs into three pieces, which left one piece looking like ribs, one piece 50/50, and a tail-piece that was mostly fat and cartilage. Half of the batch was coated with a generic sauce, while the other half was dry rubbed.
After a night in the fridge, I turned the oven on to 250 degrees and placed the ribs on racks inside of roasting pans. I added bit of water, before covering the pans with tinfoil. About four hours later, I pulled off the foil and things looked alright. Needing that BBQ char, I turned on the gas and warmed up a cast iron grill. Most of the ribs received more sauce before spending some time on the grill.
All in all, they weren’t that bad. The ribs were definitely not going to win me a southern BBQ competition, and they lived up to their ghetto name with all of the tail pieces basically garbage. Of course, I had to have sides, and Safeway was nice enough to sell me macaroni salad, potato salad, and three bean salad.
Now my question for you. How do you cook your ribs?