Don't be afraid of Ribs anymore

You don’t have to be intimidated by ribs anymore. Try these simple but tasty ribs made in the oven - no smoker or grill needed.  

Start with a 2 – 2-1/2lb slab of Crooked Creek Farm baby back ribs. Baby back ribs are different than spare ribs, but you could use those also. They’re a little bit bigger in size but you can just tack on extra baking time.

Next, get your homemade rub together. Add 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, cumin, and smoked paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to a small bowl then mix to combine.

Sprinkle both sides of the ribs with the mixture then rub it in. Wrap in plastic wrap. Stash in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours or up to overnight.

When it’s time to bake, place the ribs on a foil-lined, nonstick-sprayed baking sheet then cover completely with more foil and bake for 3-1/2 hours. If you’re using spare ribs and/or a larger rack of baby-back ribs, I’d tack on an extra 1/2 hour per pound over 2-1/2lbs.

After you take them out of the oven, unwrap the ribs and slather them with your favorite BBQ sauce. Oh, they smell so good!

Pop the rack back in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top has caramelized.