Sunday, January 16, 2005

Alton Brown's Who Loves Ya Baby-Back? (Ribs)

adapted from Alton Brown

The trick to fabulous ribs is to start early! Be prepared to let them cook in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. When done, the ribs will be so tender that you'll only need a fork to get the meat off the bone!

2 whole slabs pork baby back ribs
1 bottle of Leon's Bar-B-Q Sauce (spicy or mild)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Place each slab of baby back ribs on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, shiny side down. Salt and pepper lightly, and brush each slab amply with Bar-B-Q sauce. Fold the tops and the sides of the foil to form a packet, and place the rib packets on a rimmed baking sheet Open the end of each packet, pour 1/2 cup of water under each slab, and close the packet. Tilt the baking sheet to equally distribute the liquid. Braise the ribs in the oven for 2 1/2 hours.

When tender, open each packet and drain off the liquid. Brush amply again with Bar-B-Q sauce and either place under the broiler or grill outside until the sauce caramelizes lightly. Slice each slab into 2 rib bone portions and serve with extra sauce.

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