Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

A Small Win – Ribs Edition

I have been on the hunt for a good rib recipe and method of cooking the ribs.

Back in 2000 I went to spend some time with my Aunt in Arizona. While there she made these delicious ribs and I brought home a copy of the recipe. I wish I could tell you what recipe book it came out of but that memory is long gone.

The sauce for the recipe is very simple. BBQ sauce, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, onion powder and a bit of water. The ribs were baked on high without sauce for 20 minutes, then coated in sauce and baked at 350 for an hour.

In the past this produced ribs we were all happy with, but within the past 5(?) years this method has been less than desired. The ribs turned out tough. I am not a fan. My kids were even less. So they would leave them for me to eat … or the ribs would end up in the garbage. 😦

I heard cooking them in the slow cooker would yield tender fall off the bone ribs. So I put my ribs in the slow cooker with some BBQ sauce and hoped for the best. It was not a favourite.

On to the next method.

My Step-Mom boils her ribs before putting them on the BBQ. While I don’t have a BBQ I still tried this method but baking them in the oven after. I liked this way. I was the only one.

We had some success with this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. I loved it, but Diva wasn’t feeling the seasoning and I wanted something simpler.

Recently I stumbled across this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Cook in the slow cooker without sauce. I decided to broil them in the oven with sauce after to caramelize the sauce. To increase the chance of success, I used the BBQ sauce recipe from the ribs we used to like. AND I had Diva bake them. I find that involving Diva makes her feel like she “cooked” and therefore the food must be good. 😉

I made the ribs on Tuesday; they were gone by Thursday night! A success in my book.


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