Oven Baked BBQ Pork Ribs
Serves: 4
  • 2 slabs pork ribs (about 3 pounds)
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Put the ribs on a lined and greased baking sheet, season with liberally salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Place them in the oven, and let the ribs bake, low and slow for 3 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. You can do this immediately or when the ribs are almost ready, it's completely up to you. Heat a about 3 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the thyme and red pepper flakes. Add the onion and garlic and cook slowly, without coloring, for 5 minutes. Add all of the rest of the sauce ingredients, give the sauce a stir, and turn the heat down to low. Cook slowly for 20 minutes to meld the flavors together. With a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender, puree the sauce until it's smooth. Reserve about ⅓ of the sauce for serving in a separate container, and the rest of the sauce will be used for basting. You can store the sauce in the fridge until you're ready.
  3. When the ribs are ready, pull them out of the oven and baste them generously on both sides with the barbecue sauce. Place them back in the oven for 7 minutes, pull them out again and baste generously on both sides again, then place back in the oven for another 7 minutes. Do this one more time. When the ribs are cooked, take them out of the oven until you're ready to eat, or continue on to step 4.
  4. When ready to eat, preheat the broiler (500 degrees F) and baste with the sauce one more time. Broil the ribs for no more than 5 minutes. They should become just a bit crisp and just a bit charred. Serve immediately with whatever you like (baked potato, fries, vegetables, etc.).
Adapted From
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2009/09/30/oven-baked-bbq-pork-ribs/