- 2 slabs of pork back ribs (spareribs are fine too), about 3-4lb each.
- Brown sugar (enough to lightly cover ribs- about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup pepper
- 1/3 cup paprika
- 1/4 cup ground basil
- Lots of barbecue sauce
- A pinch of salt
- Thaw ribs overnight, if frozen.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Rub ribs with brown sugar, paprika, pepper, basil and salt. Make sure to rub both sides.
- Wrap ribs in aluminum foil and place in oven. Bake for 2-2.5 hours, or until pork is completely brown.
- Remove ribs, remove foil, coat liberally with barbecue sauce, replace foil.
- Turn up oven to 350 degrees and bake for another half hour, or until the barbecue sauce forms a glaze over the ribs.
- Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
While waiting for the ribs, you can make a salad and some side dishes. Quick suggestions:
- macaroni and cheese
- leafy green salad
You can also get most of those items store-bought, which is the beauty of this quick and easy father's day meal.
- Don't bake the ribs with barbecue sauce on for too long, as the sauce will char
- Using a thicker barbecue sauce results in more sauce staying on the meat
- After removing the ribs from the oven for the first time, pour out the drippings from the tray. Barbecue sauce and meat juices don't mix well.
- When covering with aluminum foil, keep it loose. The point of the foil is simply to have the ribs avoid open contact with the heating element, which would result in dry, jerky-like meat.
- Make sure the pork is fully cooked before serving. Recommended internal temperature is 160 degrees Fahrenheit.