Thursday, December 28, 2006

Secret Recipe BBQ Ribs

Category: Meat, Entree, Pork, Potluck
Style: Western
Difficulty: Easy
Portion: Serves 6

1 slab baby back ribs or other kind of ribs, about 4 lb. Ask butcher to cut it in half lengthwise.
Salt and pepper
BBQ sauce
2 cups ketchup
2 cups vinegar
1 cup corn syrup
4 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder or 2 tsp dried onion flakes
1/2 tsp Tobasco pepper sauce

Prepare a day ahead.
To make BBQ sauce: combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Put over high heat until boiling. Turn down heat to simmer, and reduce liquid to about 3 cups. It will take about 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside to cool. Separate into 2 portions: 2.5 cups as a marinade, and 1/2 cup for final brushing.
Preheat oven to 300F.
Season the ribs with salt and pepper, then smear 2.5 cups BBQ sauce on both sides of the ribs. Wrap each slab of ribs tightly in several layers of aluminum foil. Bake for 2.5 hours.
You can leave the pork in the foil and put them in the fridge until ready to serve.
To serve, preheat oven to 400F. Remove pork from foil and put on a baking tray. Brush with remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce. Bake for 20 minutes to reheat. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 minutes, or until top is a little bit charred. You can also reheat the ribs on a BBQ.

Baking the pork in the aluminum foil is the secret of this recipe. The pressure inside the wrap together with the sauce and meat juices make the meat very tender.
The ribs are very easy and clean to transport since it is all wrapped up in foil. If you use disposable baking tray and container for the sauce, you'll have nothing needed to bring home after the potluck!

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