Recipe: The Secret to Tender BBQ Ribs

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Last week I shared the perfect fonts for your summer bbq, but now it's time to talk about the really good stuff - the food!

I am a Texas girl, and every Texas girl needs to know how to make BBQ ribs. While my preferred method is having them smoked all day (yes, that's John's job) there's many times where you don't feel like sitting by a smoker for hours on end. This is a great easy shortcut that's hard and it's always perfect for a party, but there are a few little tricks involved with making it just right...

Texas BBQ Ribs

Backback Pork Ribs
Garlic Powder
BBQ Sauce

The secret to moist and juicy ribs is in the prep - the most important part of prepping your ribs is removing the thin membrane which is located on the underside of the ribs (a lot of people leave this step out but it's crucial to making the ribs tender). You can just use your fingers because it peels back easily (if it give you trouble just give it a little nick with your paring knife to get it started).

Then give a nice sprinkling of salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides. Cover it with foil and cook in the oven at 350 for 45-60 minutes. This gets the ribs nice and tender and ready for the grill.

Once you remove it from the oven, simply brush it with BBQ sauce (I prefer ones with honey in them as the honey tends to caramelize and give a nice sweet flavor). Then slap those babies on the grill for 15 minutes before serving.

**Many times for a party I'll cook them in the oven hours in advance and then all I need to do is throw them on the grill after the guests have arrived. 

For a full party menu, pair these with Margaritas, Grilled Potato Salad & Jalapeno Deviled Eggs... all easy and so delish. Find them all in the recipe index!

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