Friday, May 4, 2012
Apparently, today's post is the 299th post on K&K Test Kitchen! Monday will be #300 and I'm practically in shock. This blog has been such an adventure and I am so amazingly grateful that you have all been a part of this journey. Okay, enough sap for today. I'm saving the rest for Monday's post. Now, we will drool over ribs. These oven-baked St. Louis Style Ribs are so good. The BBQ sauce is perfection and they become so tender. This was my first time making ribs and I can't believe that I waited so long to make them. The ribs were part of my Foodbuzz 24x24: Playoff Hockey Party and I almost missed out on eating them because they disappeared so quickly! Thanks to N for his help making these!
I did some searching and I learned that St. Louis Style Ribs are made with spare ribs rather than back ribs. Spare ribs are a bit longer and usually fattier (aka tastier) than back ribs. It is important to look for ribs with even fat marbling throughout and to avoid ribs that have large fat deposits.
For the ribs, I made the BBQ sauce, which was quite easy and so tasty. However, you could use your favorite sauce instead. In fact, we ended up adding a bit of Diana's BBQ Sauce, our favorite brand, because we wanted the ribs to be saucy.
And because tomorrow is both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo, head on over to Pinterest to see the inspiration board that I put together!
St. Louis Style Ribs
From CONCHOBOR99 on Food.com
3-4 pounds spare ribs
1-1/2 cups water
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon Frank's red hot sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1-2 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Stir all of the sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about 15 minute stirring occasionally.
Simmer the sauce uncovered, until it reduces to the desired thickness. I let the sauce simmer for about 20-30 minutes (then I let it cool and stored it in a glass container in the fridge until I was ready to use it).
Preheat oven to 350°F when you are ready to cook the ribs.
Cut ribs into serving sizes. We cut ours into individual ribs. Place in greased roasting pan or casserole dish (grease it well!!). Sprinkle the ribs with garlic salt.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes bone side up.
Drain the grease off the ribs. Pour the sauce over the ribs. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour (We didn't cover ours right away, and that's why they got a bit crispy).
Uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes, basting the ribs 2-3 times during final stage.