Saturday, March 17, 2012

Oven-baked Country Style Bar-b-qued Pork Ribs

1 1/2 - 5 lbs. country style pork ribs, with or without bones
½  c. lemon juice
2 medium onions, sliced
2 c. water
1 ½  c. ketchup
½ c. vinegar
4 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. Soy sauce
1 tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. Paprika

Line an 8x12 Pyrex casserole dish with a heavy foil. Trust me, this is IMPORTANT to your sanity when clean up time comes. Make sure the foil is up the sides as well, as this sauce is a pain to get off!  Put half the chopped onion in the bottom of the pan.

After trimming off the excess fat, place the ribs in the pan and sprinkle the remaining onion over the top. Pour the lemon juice over the ribs, and then brown in a preheated 375°F oven for 45 minutes, uncovered.
While the ribs are browning, combine the rest of the sauce ingrediants in a large pot and slowly bring to a simmer on top of the oven.

When the ribs have browned, pour off most of the liquid in the pan (save the onion) and add the sauce. It should be enough to fully cover the ribs. Add more water if needed, depending on how many ribs you have.
Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake at 425 degrees for 2 hours. Uncover the pan and bake for about 30 minutes more until the sauce cooks down. The meat should just about fall off the bones and the sauce is about half its original volume. We used boneless pork ribs, and they were DELICIOUS!

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