Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

Husband's birthday came around this year and I knew I wanted to make him a delicious, manly dinner. What could be more manly than barbecue ribs? I used to think these would be hard to make, but when I actually started looking into it I discovered that they are stupidly easy. And they turned out amaaaaazzzingly delicious. Win win!!

Make a man in your life very happy. Make ribs.

Oven Baked Ribs

2 whole slabs pork baby back ribs, silver skin removed
8 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 cups BBQ sauce (we love Sweet Baby Ray's)

In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Place each slab of baby back ribs on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil or a double layer of regular tin foil, shiny side down. Sprinkle each side of the ribs generously with the dry rub. Pat the dry rub into the meat. Wrap the ribs tightly in the foil and refrigerate the ribs for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight and up to 48 hours.

When ready to bake the ribs, preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Place the ribs (still in the foil packets) on a foil lined baking sheet and bake the ribs in the oven for 2 1/2 hours-3 hours or until tender when picked up with tongs. The meat will come easily off of the bone!

Remove ribs from foil and place on another foil lined baking sheet. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce and broil until charred and bubbly. Cut the ribs into individual portions (2-3 ribs per person). Serve with additional BBQ sauce, if desired.

Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.