Oven Barbecued Country-style Ribs
By Kath Dedon
Here’s another favorite from Sunset Cooking for Two…or Just for You. It takes a bit of time, but it’s easy to make. It’s worth the wait, and you’ll be rewarded with the wonderful smell of pork ribs baking in your oven.
I make the recipe’s barbecue sauce substituting fruit-sweetened ketchup and maple syrup for regular ketchup and brown sugar. I really like the barbecue sauce; it adds great flavor without being overwhelming. It starts out thin, but thickens as the ribs bake. If you really want to simplify the recipe, you could use your favorite commercial barbecue sauce.
The ribs were great served over steamed Yukon Gold potatoes with a big salad.
Oven Barbecued Country-Style Ribs
Adapted from the recipe in Sunset Cooking for Two…or Just for You
Serves 2 (easily doubles)
1 – 1½ pounds country-style pork ribs (bone-in or boneless)
½ lemon, thinly sliced
½ onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
¼ teaspoon celery seed
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
½ cup water
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce
(¼ teaspoon salt, if needed)
1. Preheat the oven to 350˚.
2. Arrange the ribs in an 8×8-inch pan. Cover with the lemons and then the onions. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
3. While the ribs are baking, make the barbecue sauce. Combine all sauce ingredients (except the ¼ teaspoon of salt) in a sauce pan and cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 5 minutes.
4. Taste the sauce for seasoning, and add the ¼ teaspoon of salt if needed. (It will depend on the saltiness of your brands of ketchup and soy sauce.)
5. After the ribs have baked for 1 hour and 15 minutes, remove the pan from the oven. Discard the lemon and onion slices. Remove the ribs from the pan and pour out the accumulated pan drippings.
6. Return the ribs to the pan and pour the barbecue sauce over the ribs. (You can see how thin the sauce looks in the photo below. It thickens as it bakes.)
7. Bake the ribs, uncovered, for 45 minutes more. Spoon the sauce from the pan over the ribs 2 or 3 times during this 45-minute baking time.