Super Bowl Postmortem: Easy BBQ Ribs

Everyone knows that the best thing about the Super Bowl is the food. And the commercials. And the the game too. Thankfully we were treated to nail-biter this year. But it all comes back to the food. For this year’s party, I cooked up a couple of racks of pork spareribs. Normally, I would slow cook the ribs on the grill over smoking wood chips, but I was crunched for time, so I went for a much easier approach. I used…the oven!

Blasphemy, I know, but this recipe turns out some pretty good ribs. And, you can finish them offi with under the broiler to get a nice crispy coating. But the real key is tinfoil.

Easy BBQ Ribs - just out of the oven

Easy BBQ Ribs - just out of the oven

Looks good to me, right? By wrapping up the ribs in tinfoil and cooking in the oven at medium heat, you can get some very tender and moist ribs. And if you want a crispy, caramelized coating, just unwrap the ribs after cooking and put them under the broiler for a few minutes. Overall, it’s a much less labor intensive approach than smoking or grilling.

Those ribs must have been good

Those ribs must have been good

That photo clearly proves how good they were! Actually, I didn’t have time to snap off another photo before they were gone.

Easy BBQ Ribs

1 rack pork ribs (baby backs or spare ribs)
Salt and pepper
Dry rub of your choosing
BBQ sauce of your choosing

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Trim any extra fat on the underside of the ribs. Season with salt and pepper, then coat thoroughly with the dry rub. Tightly wrap-up the ribs in tinfoil and place on a tray. For baby back ribs, cook in the oven for 2 hours, flipping the ribs once halfway through. For spare ribs, cook for 2 1/2 hours. After cooking, remove from the oven and turn on the broiler. Remove the tinfoil, coat the top side of the ribs with a layer of BBQ sauce, and put the ribs back on the tray. Place under the broiler for 5-7 minutes or until the ribs become crispy. Remove and serve.


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