FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Isabel Canfield
TOTAL TIME: 4-6 hours to marinate, 2 to 2.5 hrs to bake, 10 minutes to grill
MAKES: 2 ribs or more
After making my fried green tomatoes, I decided to continue on with another Southern favorite. This past weekend I made for the very first time — ribs. I absolutely love eating them, but I’ve never actually made them at home. So I told myself to not be afraid of cooking ribs because in actuality, ribs are as simple as anything else. The only challenge is time. You need to allow the ribs to marinade in the apple juice for 4-6 hours and bake them in the oven for at least 2 hours. You can’t skimp on either one of those steps. So the real question is, why apple juice? To be honest, I heard this was a secret to making ribs. The sugars from the apple juice seeps into the meat and act like salt keeping the meat moist and tender. And it certainly was! With the addition of your favorite barbeque sauce, you too can make ribs that are finger lickin’ good!
2 pork loin back ribs
3 cups of apple juice
salt + pepper
your favorite bbq sauce
1. Season the ribs. Simply remove the pork loin back ribs from the packaging and place them in an aluminum baking tray. Season both sides heavily with salt and pepper. *I purchased my ribs from Costco. Total of 3 slabs of ribs for only $27. Can’t beat that!
2. Add apple juice. With the meaty side facing down, pour the apple juice into the tray. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours or even overnight.
3. Bake for 2 hrs. After the ribs have marinated, place tray into a 400° oven and bake for 2-2.5 hours depending on the size of the ribs. My ribs actually took about 2.5 hours. The meat should be tender and literally falling off the bone.
4. Grill the ribs. With a medium heat charcoal or gas grill, gently place the ribs on the rack. Be careful because the ribs will fall apart. Brush on your favorite bbq sauce of your choice. Turn the ribs over after 5 minutes and heat the other side for another 5 minutes. Brush more bbq sauce. The ribs are already cooked, so getting a nice charcoal flavor is an added bonus. Remove and enjoy with a cold glass of beer.
There are so many ways to cook ribs! From a wet to dry rub, the possibilities are endless. So, how do you cook YOUR ribs? Leave a comment!
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