3 Easy Ways to Make Baby Back Ribs

Baby back ribs are a popular food to eat at barbecues and picnics. While they are not that difficult to prepare, they do take a lot of patience to make. The average cooking time is over 2 hours! Many experienced competition chefs will also recommend that you allow them to marinate for at least 6-8 hours if not over night in the refrigerator!

There are many different ways to cook baby back ribs, which makes it possible for just about anyone to make them depending on their preferred cooking style and methods. Three of the most popular ways to make them is grilling, oven baking, and slow cooking in a crock pot. Below is a quick overview of each way to make this classic dish.

Grilling Ribs: If you are grilling your meat, you will want to make sure your grill is prepared so that you can cook with indirect heat. A common mistake that many people make is to place the pork directly over the flames. While yes this will cook them, it will not make them very tender or “fall off the bone” like many people enjoy. By placing a shallow pan of water between the heat source, the metal grate, and the ribs, you can keep cooking them for hours without compromising on tenderness. Dripping barbecue sauce and marinade can also cause flame flare ups which can make them burn and dry out. After about two hours of roasting on low medium heat (around 225 degrees) you will be able to enjoy a delicious and juicy meal. Be sure to check the pan frequently to make sure it still has water in it.

Oven Baked: Baking is another popular way to prepare this summer favorite, especially in the winter months when it may be too cold to stand outside for two hours and watch them cook! The easiest thing to do is simply allow your pork to marinate in sauce or with a simple dry rib rub if you prefer them without sauce and then bake for about 2 hours at 225 degrees. Wrapping them in foil with or without sauce will help them stay nice and tender while they bake.

Slow Cooker: A Slow Cooker, or Crock Pot as it is also commonly referred to, is another popular method of making ribs. The main difference is that the meat and bones will need to be cut into small sections, especially since most slow cookers are not large enough to accommodate the entire rack of ribs. You can then slow cook covered at a low heat (around 200 degrees) for several hours with your favorite sauce or marinade.

There are many other different ways to prepare and enjoy ribs, such as smoking or frying, but these three are the most popular and some of the easiest ways for a new cook to learn how to make them.

Aug 10th, 2017 | Posted in Cooking
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