Before I worked at Friday’s, there were ingredients that intimidated the hell out of me. One of them was ribs. I didn’t know how to cook them, so I STAYED AWAY.
The truth is, baby back ribs are so ridiculously easy to make! You can get spectacular, reliable results with just a few ingredients and a little time.
Tools you’ll need:
- A sheet pan / cookie sheet to fit the ribs – it must have a rim around the perimeter
- Aluminum foil
- Oven Preheated to 350F
- Grill or Grill Pan
Ingredients you’ll need:
- At least one rack of baby back ribs
- One cup of liquid per cookie sheet (water, chicken stock, beer)
- 2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning per rack of ribs(or a similar spice blend)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke per cookie sheet
- 1 Cup of your favorite BBQ sauce per rack of ribs
I served my ribs with The Sexy Coleslaw by Gotham Home Table. It’s a unique slaw employing bitter radicchio and licorice-like fennel that plays nice with the rich barbeque of the ribs. So good! Crack open your favorite beer, and enjoy the long Memorial weekend!
Ridiculously Easy Baby Back Ribs
Published: May 25, 2012
This method for cooking baby back ribs will give you spectacular results every time!
1 Rack Baby Back Ribs
One Cup Water, chicken stock, or beer
2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning (or a similar spice blend)
1/4 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
1 Cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
Start by pre-heating the oven to 350°F, and set the cookie sheet on the counter. With the cookie sheets I have, for instance, I can fit two racks of ribs if you feel like doubling the recipe. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning on each side of the ribs, making sure the ribs are well coated. Carefully pour the water/chicken stock/beer and liquid smoke into the cookie sheet, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Carefully pick up the cookie sheet containing ribs and liquid and gently place in the oven. Forget about it for an hour and 15 minutes. Once the time is up, remove from the oven, and remove the aluminum foil. Let the ribs cool for about 10 minutes, then slather 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce on each side. At this point, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to grill them up! This is a great way to get some of the work out of the way before your Memorial Day party! Get that grill fired up, and place the ribs on the grill just long enough to get those beautiful grill marks, making sure the ribs are thoroughly heated, about 15 minutes. Voila! Easy ribs!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Yield: 1 rack of Baby Back Ribs
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