Oven Barbecued Ribs

This recipe comes from my parents. It’s unclear to me who created it. I thought it was my dad however my mom still makes it and it tastes as good as ever. I think the only difference is that she finishes them in the oven while he used the grill. I find her way infinitely more practical as the grill can be a finicky thing.

Oven Barbecued Ribs
Servings: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2.5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. country-style pork ribs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 lg. onions, 1/2″ dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Cover ribs with water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour (start the timer after they come to a simmer). The pork should be fork tender but not falling off the ribs (yet).
  2. While ribs cook melt butter in a saucepan or skillet and cook onions until tender over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5-10 minutes. Taste for flavor, adjust as desired and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil (the foil aids in clean up). Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  4. When ribs are par cooked transfer them to the foil-lined roasting pan. Cover with about half of the sauce. Bake for 45 minutes or until sauce has thickened and ribs are failing apart. Feel free to turn the ribs occasionally to get all sides covered in flavorful sauce.
  5. Remove roasting pan to a rack and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Reheat sauce. Transfer ribs to platter and serve with extra sauce on the side.

Notes:
This is a great make ahead meal. It tastes even better after cooling, sitting in the fridge overnight and reheating.

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