This Pork Ribs recipe is made with spice rubbed oven baked pork ribs that are cooked until tender then finished with a homemade barbecue sauce. It’s lip smackingly delicious, and you will absolutely love the pork rib spice mix and the simple, incredible homemade BBQ sauce!
Pork Ribs recipe
When it comes to ribs, my bar is pretty darn high. I was ruined after the first bite of barbecue from Meshack Bar-Be-Que Shack in Dallas, Texas. Off the beaten track, nowhere near any tourist attractions, definitely known as one of the best barbecue in Dallas, if not the best! It was a religious experience, my first real barbecue! (Australia does amazing food, but I’m sorry, there is nowhere with barbecue that compares to a real-deal-Texas-barbecue!!!).
I am yet to master the smoker. So until then, I am happy to pay good money for great smoked ribs.
In the meantime, when I make pork ribs at home, this is how I do it – in the oven. It’s an EASY pork rib recipe:
- the meat is tender
- infused with flavour from a rub AND braising the ribs in apple cider;
- finished with a simple but really tasty homemade barbecue sauce.
Oven Baked Pork Ribs are fall apart tender and slathered with an incredible yet simple homemade barbecue sauce
Barbecue Sauce for Pork Ribs
The secret ingredient in the barbecue sauce is balsamic vinegar. Seriously, it’s amazing how much more depth it gives the sauce. I’ve tried quite a few recipes in my time, and this is one of my all time favorites. It’s a recipe from Animal Restaurant in LA that I found in Gourmet Traveller Australia. I use their sauce but my rub and cooking technique. 🙂
Braising Liquid for Baked Pork Ribs
A key step here in this pork ribs recipe that infuses the ribs with extra flavour and keeps them moist is to braise the ribs in a little liquid.
In this recipe, I use alcoholic Apple Cider (known as hard cider in the US), but I also use beer, apple juice or chicken broth so there are plenty of options.
All are nice, but my favourite is Apple Cider because it’s crisp with a touch of sweet and has more layers of flavour than plain apple juice or broth.
This is a forgiving pork ribs recipe – and it’s loaded with plenty of flavours!
As long as you get nice juicy, fatty ribs (which they typically are), it will be pretty hard to stuff this recipe up! Ribs are a tough cut of meat so they’re made for slow cooking until it’s nice and tender. It’s quite forgiving with the cook time, unlike some other types of proteins like poultry. So even if you cook it 30 minutes too long, it will still be juicy and delicious.
There is simply no way to look elegant eating pork ribs. Just accept you will have very sticky fingers, sauce smeared on your face and a huge goofy grin! -Nagi x
More rib recipes
- Oven Baked Pork Ribs with Chipotle BBQ Sauce
- Sticky Chinese Pork Spare Ribs
- Braised Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine Sauce
- Fiery Fall Apart Mexican Beef Ribs with Green Mexican Rice
Oven Baked Barbecue Pork Ribs
- 2 tsp paprika powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder (or sub with more onion powder)
- 1 tsp onion powder (or sub with more garlic powder)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 3-4 lb / 1.5 - 2kg pork ribs
- 1 bottle (~330ml/11oz) sweet alcoholic apple cider (hard cider) (See substitutions in Note 1)
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup tomato ketchup (or tomato sauce)
- 3/4 cup sweet alcoholic apple cider (hard cider) (See substitutions in Note 1)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 onion , peeled and cut into large chunks (easy to remove later)
- 2 tsp molasses OR more honey
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp Tabasco (optional) or cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- Combine the Rub ingredients and rub onto the ribs (both sides). Set aside to marinate for at least 20 minutes, up to 24 hours. (Note 2)
- Preheat oven to 170C/340F.
- Spray large pieces of foil with oil (1 sheet for each rib), place a rib on the foil, fold up the edges to form a "boat" shape (see photo below).
- Divide apple cider between the foil parcels. Seal foil packets, place on a tray. Bake for 2 hours, or until the meat is tender (or to your taste).
- Remove ribs from foil, discard foil. Place ribs on the tray. Brush both sides generously with barbecue sauce. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until barbecue sauce is jammy and dark brown. Remove from the oven, brush with more Sauce.
- Cut into individual ribs (if desired) and serve with remaining Sauce on the side.
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes or until thickened. Adjust to taste: sweetness with brown sugar / honey, salt and sour with balsamic vinegar.
- Remove onions. Use as per recipe.