Getting them on a plate is easy if it’s on the menu of a decent restaurant. The dream though is cooking them in your own kitchen and having them when you want it and at multiple servings. For hubby and me, it’s a dream no more. Let me show you how we cook a smoky barbecue flavoured ribs that melts in your mouth. Simply put… it is yum! This one’s a restaurant-quality meal that you would just like to serve at home for your family and friends.
Hubby and I learned the trick on how to cook top-notch quality pork ribs. It reminds me a lot of what Tony Romas serves us in the Philippines. Cooking it though tested a bit of our patience. It takes a while in the oven before we get the tenderness we want in that flavourful meat. On the up-side, the “how” of it all is really very simple. (So, easy to do.) And the ingredients that we used are easy to get from the stores, too.
If you’re keen in making this kind of ribs at home, read on.
-Pork ribs, 800g-1kg
-Barbecue sauce (We used Smoky Barbecue flavour)
-Paprika, ½ tbsp
-Garlic powder, ½ tbsp
-Chili powder, 2 tsp
-Raw sugar, ½ tbsp.
-Salt, 2 tsp
-Garlic granules, 2 tsp
You will also need aluminium foil in baking the pork ribs.
1. Pat-dry the pork ribs with kitchen paper towels.
2. Combine the following in a dry bowl to make the rub for the ribs – paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, raw sugar and salt.
3. Pre-heat oven at 160 degrees.
4. Rub the ribs with the mixture prepared in Step 2. Make sure every portion of the ribs is covered.
5. Sprinkle garlic granules on top of the meat slab. Note the ribs should be ‘meat down’. This will help in keeping the the meat tender and juicy as the juice will concentrate on the meat while it drips during cooking.
6. Cover the ribs in foil. Make sure it is sealed completely.
7. Bake for 1.5 - 2 hours (depending on the size of the ribs).
The goal in baking at low heat for a considerable time is to end up with tender, juicy meat. We don’t want to rush it. The flavours of the rub will invade the inner part of the meats. It is absolutely worth the wait.
8. Carefully take the ribs out from the oven.
9. Open the top foil with a knife.
10. Pour and brush barbecue sauce on top of the slab and put back in the oven.
11. If you have an oven that has a grill mode, switch it so and grill for another 15-20 minutes. If not, you can grill it on fire for 10 mins. If you don’t have a grill mode and don’t have a grill, you can just keep it in the oven for another 30 mins.
12. When you get that sticky texture from the grill, take the ribs out.
13. Rest for 2-3 minutes.
14. Serve with a cold beverage.
Remember me when you cook!!