Moist, fall off the bone, oven made baby back ribs with homemade BBQ sauce

Why did I wake up at 5am today? I have a ridiculous internal clock, and I was too lazy to start my ribs last night. When I was a teenager, my friends father seemed like he made ribs every day. Every time I went over there, they were just coming off the grill. I would show up at random times during the day and week. If they weren’t coming off the grill they were in the fridge. It became a funny game, sometimes I would get a random text, ” he just put them on the grill” I’d show up an hour later, and commence giggling and devouring them. Half random luck, half hilarious conspiracy.

A few years later I asked for the recipe. He told me the secret to making that fall off the bone situation, but he clammed up on the sauce. I know, I should be grateful for that sneaky trick. However, I have never been able to recreate that exact flavor. Over time I’ve forgotten. But forgetting has led me to making my very own, awesome, homemade BBQ  sauce. It took me less than 15 minutes to make, and now my ribs have their own secret sauce, and I’m sharing my recipe, cause secrets don’t make friends.

IMG_20140331_190711 Bare bones!!

So whats the secret to that fall off the bone action? Sweating the ribs. After several hours of marinating , pop them into a little enclosed tinfoil house, and oven roast them for 3 hours. Some people say to boil the meat. To them I say, stop removing the flavor from your food. Sweating the ribs allows them to retain their delicious piggy flavor, while melting all of that connective tissues to make them detach from the bone.

Home made BBQ sauce

1 15oz can of tomato sauce

1/2 an onion

4 cloves of garlic

1/3 cup molasses

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1 tsp salt

1 heaped tablespoon of whipped honey

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp worchester sauce

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

Saute your garlic and onions in a little olive oil or butter until blanched. Add your can of tomato sauce, molasses and sugar. Turn the heat up to meduim high and let it simmer while you add in the rest of the spices and ingredients. After about 5 minutes of that high simmer, drop your heat to low and let those flavors meld together for about a half hour.


At this point generously cover the ribs in your sauce and let them absorb that delicious flavor for a few hours. Once that is up, make your tinfoil rib house, and pop them in the oven at 250 degrees for 3 hours. After your ribs have created their own juice pool, gently remove them from the tinfoil, and place them on a rack. I say gently because at this point the meat should be ready to remove itself from the bone all on its own. Smother them in BBQ sauce, bring the temperature up to 425 degrees and bake them for 30 more minutes, and there you have it. Fall off the bone oven baked ribs!! Serve them up with the left over sauce and enjoy.



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  1. Pingback: Baby back ribs in pineapple whiskey sauce | Chef Doru's Blog

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