Want to know how to cook spare ribs in the oven? We have some great tips for you, plus a simple recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse
There’s nothing more delicious than tender, juicy, spare ribs, with the meat falling off the bone. What’s even better with this recipe is that no grill is required!
These spare ribs are done in the oven, meaning you can serve them for game day, or a family dinner. Just make sure you have lots of napkins handy, as the only way to eat these ribs is hands on!
There are two types of pork ribs - spare ribs or back ribs. Spare ribs are the thick, meaty leftover portions of meat after the bacon has been cut away. As they come from a relatively tough area of the animal, it is important to ensure a slow-cooking method is used to create beautifully tender meat.
When buying spare ribs, look for a good ratio of meat to fat, as the fat will help create juices that keep the meat tender when cooking.
We have a few more great tips to ensure your ribs are tender and delicious
If your ribs have come in a vacuum-sealed bag, run the ribs under cold water to wash away the liquid they were stored in. Pat them dry, and remove the silverskin, which is on the bone and ends up being tough and chewy once cooked. Make sure that you season the ribs themselves, not just the sauce that you will use to coat them.
The key to spare ribs in the oven is cooking them low and slow, which results in the meat practically falling off the bone.
We’ve found that cooking for about 2 hours, at 300 degrees Fahrenheit yields the best results.
You can also cook ribs in the crock pot for amazing melt-in-the-mouth results.
To caramelize the sauce that you’ve smothered the ribs in, baste the ribs once cooked and broil/grill for a few minutes; it’s worth the few extra minutes to heighten the lovely smoky flavor of the sauce and creates a crisp coating…is your mouth watering yet?
There are so many delicious variations for rib sauces, so you have plenty of reasons to make spare ribs in the oven to try them all out!
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