Barbecue Pork Ribs

These are for lazy afternoon cooking. There are several steps involved but it will not take much time for each one. The prepping will be the hardest part and some can be done the day before. The rest of the day can be spent sitting on the couch watching television or doing whatever else needs to be done.

A word of caution. If someone is home when you are slow roasting these, don't let them rush you when they start to smell it cooking. The flavor is so much better when you take your time with these.

The first thing you will need to do is to make a dry rub. This will make quite a bit and can be stored in an airtight container so next time all you have to do is sprinkle it on.

 1 cup paprika 
 3/4 cup ground black pepper 
 1 cup brown sugar
 1/4 cup onion powder 
 1/4 cup garlic powder
 1/4 cup chili powder 
 1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne pepper
 1/4 cup salt 
 1 Tablespoon mustard powder 

Mix all the ingredients well. 

Now you will need to prepare the meat. Remove the ribs from the package and rinse under cool water. Place meat on rack in large roasting pan and pat dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the dry rub generously over both sides of ribs. Not so much that it falls off but well enough to coat the meat. 

There is no need to preheat the oven. Just place the ribs on a middle rack. Turn the oven to 225F and leave it alone for 3 1/2 hours. 

Sometime during that 3 1/2 hours you will need to mix up the barbecue sauce. I always make extra and just stick it in the fridge for some other day and some other food that needs barbecue sauce. 

Barbecue Sauce ingredients:
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 cups ketchup      
OPTIONAL- tobasco, cayenne, diced jalepenos or whatever pepper you like

Mix all ingredients together, let set for 15-30 minutes for sugar to dissolve.
After your ribs have been in the oven for their 3 1/2 hours pull them out and generously pour the barbecue sauce over them. Return to oven for one more hour and you get this: 
Let the ribs sit for at least 15 minutes so you don't lose all the juice when you cut them. They will be fall off the bone tender and it will not take much effort to cut them. 

Suggestions for sides: Cole slaw, buttermilk biscuits and baked beans. I'll post those recipes soon. 

This was a large batch of pork ribs. Plenty for another meal some other day. My best advice is do NOT use the microwave to reheat the ribs. Wrap what you want to reheat in heavy duty foil, place on rack in center of oven and set to 350F. After about 30 minutes they will be hot and ready to eat.