Foolproof Oven Baked Ribs
Foolproof Oven Baked Ribs are perfect any time of the year, but particularly when it’s too hot outside to grill. Just pop the ribs into the baking bag and you’re done!
These low and slow oven baked ribs are fall-off-the-bone-tender.
What Kind of Baking Bag is Used?
Use a “turkey bag” to cook the ribs. Turkey bags are the best choice to use for oven baked foods because they’ve been coated with a special something to keep them from burning. Follow the bag instructions for cooking a turkey, and add a tablespoon of flour to the empty bag before adding the ribs.
How Long Do I Cook Oven-Baked Ribs?
One rack of ribs takes about 3-4 hours because they are cooked at 250ºF. A higher temperature would decrease the cooking time, but then you run the risk of serving tough ribs. The secret is Low and Slow!
What Makes These Ribs So Tender?
These ribs turn out so tender because they are marinated in citric acid and are cooked on a low temperature for quite some time.
When Do I Add the Barbecue Sauce to the Ribs?
- After the ribs are cooked thoroughly, remove them from the baking bag;
- turn the broiler to high (about 500ºF) and pour the barbecue sauce on them.
- Place the ribs under the broiler for a few minutes–until the sauce is bubbly and somewhat thick.
Remove the ribs from the broiler and allow them to sit for a few minutes before serving.
This method of cooking ribs, or any meat, is foolproof in retaining moisture and ensuring a tender protein entree.
The good thing about this indoor method of cooking ribs is you cook them low and slow, so the kitchen doesn't heat up and the meat remains nice and tender.
- 1 rack baby back ribs
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons pepper
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
Preheat oven to 250ºF
Add 1 tablespoon flour to oven bag; shake bag until flour has coated interior
Add ribs to oven bag
Add orange juice and remaining ingredients; massage ingredients to coat ribs
Refrigerate for an hour
Remove from refrigerator; cut slits into the top of the baking bag
Place bag on baking dish; tuck the sides of the bag into the pan so they're not overhanging the baking dish
Bake for 4 hours at 250ºF
Remove ribs from oven; carefully cut away oven bag and slide ribs onto baking dish
Turn oven to broil
Pour barbecue sauce on ribs; coat both sides
Place ribs under broiler to desired crispness
Remove from heat; allow to rest 10 minutes
Slice ribs individually, or in sections (3 ribs per person) with knife.
- If you don't have four hours to let ribs cook slowly, no big deal! Just turn the oven to 350ºF and cook them for about 50 minutes, or until they've reached an internal temperature of 140ºF