Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Foolproof Baby Back Ribs

My friend Mark has a simple and foolproof method of making great baby back ribs, and he has graciously authorized me to share it.

Cap'n Mark's Baby Back Ribs

1. Preheat oven to 250º-270º F.
2. Rub each rack of ribs with about 1 TBS of your favorite rub. There are a million rub recipes available on the Internet, but it's hard to beat Cap'n Mark's Rib Rub. See below.
3. Heat rack on a pan in the middle of the oven. If using an outdoor grill, keep the ribs away from direct heat.
4. Cook for 3-4 hours.
5. Cut the rack(s) in half, wrap in tin foil, two or three racks together. Then place the foil-wrapped ribs in a paper bag, roll the top down tightly, then place the bag in another paper bag, roll the top down tightly.
6. Rest at least an hour.
7. Heat up some BBQ sauce. Cap'n Mark likes bone-sucking sauce, but whatever brand you like (or, better yet, whatever you make).
8. Open packages, cut ribs into one- or two-rib pieces, and drizzle with hot BBQ sauce.
9. Optional side: sprinkle cut vegetables with the rib rub, drizzle with olive oil and roast at 400º until done.

Bobby Jay

For Cap'n Mark's Rib Rub recipe, click on More.
Cap'n Mark's Rib Rub

Mix together

1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon white pepper
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon mild chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
4 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons celery salt
1 tablespoon ground oregano

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