Be the hero over July 4th and all summer long with Roasted Baby Back Ribs! They are super easy and are jaw-dropping delicious! The best thing is that you can prep everything in advance, put them in the oven, and just leave them roasting on low heat all afternoon while you go out and have fun! That’s what I did last year. They cooked for hours — even longer than the recipe calls for — while we played golf. Served with Barbecue, Succotash, and Jalapeño Cornbread, and you have the perfect July 4th dinner!
In this week’s 10-minute video, I show you just how easy the ribs and sauce recipes are. One thing to note. I realized when Iwatched the video that I forgot to cover the ribs. (I did go back and do this). You want to cover tightly and re-check the chicken broth after a couple of hours to make sure it doesn’t get cooked off. If it cooks down, add a little more.
I also realized that I mention the Blueberry Muffin video, which I haven’t posted yet. I’ll be back to you with that soon. I’ll post that along with the Jalapeño Cornbread video before the 4th so you can see how easy it is to make these family favorites for an all-star July 4th lineup!
Now I’m off to make my Sausage and Egg Casserole. So that everyone can have breakfast when they’d like, I make the casserole in muffin tins and freeze for individual servings that can be popped into the microwave. Add a little fruit and a blueberry muffin and breakfast is OYO while I’m enjoying another cup of coffee on the porch … effortless!
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Roasted Baby Back Ribs with Sauce
6 lbs baby back pork ribs, 3 racks
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp oregano
2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
3 tbsp light brown sugar
3 tbsp sugar
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup ketchup
2½ cups apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
6 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp onion powder
4 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp garlic powder
Remove membrane from bone side of the ribs. Pat dry. Place ribs in a single layer, meat side up, in 1–2 large roasting pans and rub with olive oil.
Mix remaining ingredients except chicken broth. Spread mixture over the ribs. Add chicken broth – just enough to come up under the ribs, but not to cover the tops. Cover and cook at 300° for 3 hrs.
For sauce, whisk ingredients together.
Ribs may be served immediately or kept covered until ready to serve. Serve with warmed barbecue sauce.
- Ribs may prepared earlier in the day. Cover and keep at room temperature. To serve warm, ribs may be prepped earlier in the day. Begin cooking 3–3 ½ hours prior to serving.
- Sauce should be prepared early in the day or a week or more ahead.
- For spicier ribs or sauce, add cayenne pepper.
- For a thicker sauce, add more ketchup. Bring sauce to boil, lower heat, and cook, stirring frequently to thicken.
- You may substitute homemade sauce with your favorite specialty sauce. I recommend a mix of Bone Suckin’ Sauce and George’s Original or Scott’s Barbecue Sauce. I like to mix a thicker sauce with a vinegar-based sauce.
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