Many people crave the tender, juicy taste of pork ribs. While this is usually a grilling masterpiece, sometimes, the weather does not always cooperate and pork-lovers are forced indoors. What most people do not realize is that they can achieve the same brilliant results by making their pork ribs in the oven. Consumers can submit to their cravings for this popular dish, year-round, in just a few easy-to-follow steps. All one needs is a their hand-selected rack of ribs, a cookie sheet that is not greased beforehand, a pork rub, barbecue sauce, and a meat thermometer.
Before doing anything, one must preheat the oven to 325 degrees. This allows for the consumer to make any preparations for the meal while waiting for the oven to reach the correct temperature. Then, one must place the stack of ribs on the cookie sheet. Here, one can apply a generous amount of the rub on to the pork. The cookie sheet will catch any of the excess that falls and permeate the air and the meat as it cooks in the oven.
Next, the cookie sheet should be placed in the middle of the oven. Allow anywhere from two to two and a half hours for cooking. One should remember to check the meat nearing the end of the cooking time. If the meat is still pink on the inside, the pork ribs should remain in the oven. One should periodically check the progress to make sure that the meat does not overcook. During this time, one can also use a meat thermometer to measure the temperature of the inside of the meat. Pork is considered fully cooked at an internal temperature of 176 degrees.
If one prefers, they can add barbecue sauce to the ribs to add both flavor and texture to the meat. This should be done, however, with at least 45 minutes remaining in the cooking time. If one does this with too little time remaining, the meat will not be permeated by the sauce and one will end up biting into warm meat with cold sauce as a result. Lightly brush the barbecue sauce on the side with the bone facing up at the 45 minute mark. fifteen minutes to a half hour later, one should brush the underside of the ribs for an even coating.
Once the cooking of the pork ribs is complete, they should be immediately removed to serve. Once removed, one should cut the individual pieces for easy enjoyment. Some people prefer extra barbecue sauce at this point. Having a bottle handy of extra barbecue sauce is important. This should either be reapplied before cutting the individual slices or offered on the side.
It only takes a few simple steps to make delicious pork ribs in the kitchen. Oven-cooked pork ribs can have the same tenderness and fall-off-the-bone meat that preparing them on a grill would give. These tasty treats are the perfect addition to any summer party or get-together. One can really impress a crowd with their homemade pork ribs!