Making you own tender ribs at home is seriously easy to do and really only takes time and your favorite spice rub and/barbecue sauce. We’ve been using our homemade Bacon Bourbon Barbecue sauce lately — it’s meaty and so savory, which is perfect for ribs. If you aren’t in the mood to make your own sauce, use your favorite store-bought brand (although, I must say, homemade is pretty darn good).
2 to 2-1/2 pounds spare ribs or baby back pork ribs
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 to 4 tablespoons spice rub, optional (use your favorite)
1/2 to 1 cup Bacon Bourbon Barbecue Sauce or your favorite sauce, see our bacon barbecue sauce recipe
Heat oven to 275 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Place the ribs meat side down on the work surface then locate the thin membrane that covers the rack. Since this membrane can become tough when cooked, we prefer to remove it. To remove it, use a butter knife and gently slide it under the membrane. Wiggle it from side to side until you can get your fingers under it. Then simply pull the membrane away from the ribs and discard. You might find that you need to use the knife to loosen the membrane a few times since we almost never get it all in one go.
Trim excess fat then generously season both sides of the ribs with salt, pepper and/or your favorite spice rub. Note: Seasoning the ribs can be done in advance — a nice idea when using a spice rub — simply season the ribs then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Place the ribs, meat side up, onto the baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Bake the ribs until fork tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Turn broiler to high then brush the ribs with barbecue sauce on both sides until well coated. Be careful when you turn them — the meat will be extremely tender.
Broil the ribs until the barbecue sauce begins to bubble and caramelize, 3 to 5 minutes. Let ribs rest 5 to 10 minutes then cut into either single ribs or into sets of 3 or 6 ribs. Serve with leftover barbecue sauce on the side.