Ribs will surely rank among the most popular oven baked or grilled meats. Cooking ribs in the oven helps to make them tender and retains their moisture, compared to grilling it. Grilling ribs can deprive them of their natural juiciness. Also, grilling ribs requires good weather. So if it is the rainy season or winter season (like today), it is best to cook your delicious ribs, using an oven. Here is a guide that I found with some basics on oven-cooking ribs. This is supper for tonight!
Cooking Ribs Using an Oven
The following simple steps are involved in the process of cooking ribs, using an oven.
- purchasing adequate amount of ribs: First, choose a rack or ribs in the grocery. Remember that ribs have more bone and fat so it may be wise to double or even triple the pounds that you usually get for other ordinary meats. In fact, a hungry adult may consume about a pound of ribs if you do not have other dishes or side dishes to complement it.
- seasoning: Now, seasoning your ribs is what gives it that delicious, unique flavor. There are a lot of seasonings that you can use to make your ribs rich in flavor. The basic seasonings you can sprinkle on your ribs are garlic, pepper, salt and meat tenderizer. However, you can use many other spices and herbs like rosemary, paprika, turmeric, parsley, oregano and many others. You can even add cheese if you like. It all depends on your taste.
- marinade: On the other hand, if you want to marinade your ribs, you can do this also. Instead of seasoning your ribs, you can marinade them using commercially prepared marinades. Marinating your meat will help the ribs tenderize. At the same time, it will give moisture to your meat. You can use a lot of different marinades and you can even consider using salad dressings. There is teriyaki or barbecue marinade among many others.
- covering pan with adequate aluminum foil: So, once you have seasoned or marinated your ribs, it is time to place them in your baking dish. You may use a baking pan or glass. But before you put those ribs in your baking pan, grab some heavy duty aluminum foil to cover the pan. It should be large enough to fold back and close the ribs inside the foil. Ensure that you leave a lot of excess foil along the edges.
- adding water and vegetables: Now, it is time to place the ribs in the aluminum foil covered pan. Pour about quarter inch of water into the pan. This will help keep your meat moist. At the same time, it will protect the pan and foil from getting scorched. You can also add vegetables to cook along with your meat. You can add carrots, potatoes or onions in big chunks to surround your ribs.
- baking the ribs: Now, cover your ribs with the remaining edges of the foil. This will appear as if you were creating a tent. Ensure that the foil does not press onto your meat during cooking. While doing this, preheat the oven to 325°F. Then, cook your ribs in the oven for about one hour. After this, open the foil and put the ribs back in the oven at 375°F. Cook for another 15 minutes.
Now, as I have two large racks of ribs from Wal-Mart (they were marked down), I am going to cook them for a while longer than what is mentioned here. I’m also going to cut up some potatoes, some carrots, and some celery to toss in the pan for the veggies. Instead of water, I will be using Henry Wienhart’s Private Reserve beer. I figure that should add a good flavor to the ribs as well.
I am going to coat the ribs with Sweet Baby Ray’s bar-b-que sauce. Good stuff! I’ll also be making some garlic drop biscuits to go with, and maybe some brownies for dessert.