THE BEST RIBS EVER | OVEN BAKED SHORT RIBS WITH DRY RUB & HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE

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I have a thing for ribs. But life without a grill can be bleak for a meat lover like myself. Thus, I have dedicated a large portion of my carnivorous summer to finding the perfect rib recipe. It’s a sacrifice I am willing to make for you, dear reader. Lucky for you–and just in time for the Fourth of July–I have found my new favorite method for cooking ribs. The result is glorious–sweet, spicy, and perfectly smoky. Even better: no grill required. 
These oven baked short ribs are a bit more hands on than my sister’s truly awesome Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs, but the effort is well worth it in the end. Sometimes you just have to pull out the big guns. And this house blend dry rub and homemade BBQ sauce (scroll all the way down for the recipe) will not disappoint. 
Have you used a dry rub on your meat before? It is totally awesome. It makes for the most flavorful and tender meat–a plus for tough meat like pork ribs. If you’re not a pork person, I bet this dry rub would be fantastic on chicken as well. Serve the ribs family-style on a platter heaped high with baked potatoes and Parmesan green beans. Finger licking goodness. 
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OVEN BAKED SHORT RIBS WITH DRY RUB & HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE

For the Ribs and Dry Rub
  • 2 racks pork short ribs (or one rack baby back ribs)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking oil. Place ribs on the greased foil. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, and spices. *Reserve 2 tablespoons of the dry rub for the homemade BBQ sauce.
Rub all sides of the ribs with the spice mix. Don’t be a priss about this, even though it’s totally gross. You want to use pretty much all of the dry rub on the two racks. You’ll thank me later. Cover the ribs tightly with foil and bake for 2 – 2 1/2 hours, until the ribs are tender but not falling off the bone. Drain fat and discard.
Meanwhile, mix the Homemade Sweet and Smoky BBQ sauce (recipe below). Slather the baked ribs with the sauce and broil for about five minutes, until charred and delicious. 
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HOMEMADE SWEET AND SMOKEY BBQ SAUCE
Adapted from All Recipes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry rub mix (reserved from the ribs)
  • 5 dashes of liquid smoke (usually in the BBQ sauce section of the grocery store)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Let it bubble for a minute or so to melt the sugar. Stir the boiling sauce so it doesn’t scorch. Taste and add more sugar to balance acidity, or more vinegar if it is too sweet. Use on virtually anything, though the ribs are a good first choice.

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