Cumin Scented Oven-Baked Ribs with Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

TOTAL TIME: 3 hr 25 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 3 hr
 
YIELD: 6 to 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

RIBS:
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Spanish paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 racks (4 to 5 pounds each) pork spareribs
    TANGY BBQ SAUCE:
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    Directions

    For the ribs: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

    Line a baking sheet with foil, enough to fold over the ribs, approximately twice the size of the baking sheet.

    In a small mixing bowl, combine the sugar, paprika, salt, chile powder, cumin, garlic powder and cinnamon. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the rub and set aside.

    Place the ribs on the prepared baking sheet. Generously sprinkle the ribs on both sides with the spice mixture. Really rub it in! Place the ribs meat-side down and fold the foil tightly around the ribs to make a sealed packet. Bake the ribs until they become pliable but not falling apart, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. You know the ribs are done when the meat pulls away from the bone. Once the ribs are tender, carefully pour off 1/2 cup of the accumulated juices into a bowl and reserve. Keep the ribs wrapped in the foil to keep warm.

    For the sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the tomato puree, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, reserved rub and the garlic. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking juices and bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes.

    Preheat a grill pan over high heat. Just before serving, slather the ribs with the tangy BBQ sauce and char them on the grill pan, basting them with the sauce and turning as they char up. (If you don't have a grill pan, you can slather them with sauce and stick them under the broiler to char.) Serve the ribs with extra BBQ sauce on the side.

    Cook's Note: Make extra of this rub and keep it in a tight fitting container.

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    • on April 05, 2014

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      This was excellent! My hubby usually does our ribs, but when I saw this I thought I would give him a run for his money, and I had him slice the ribs up for everybody, and of course he ate a bite to test....AND he LOVED it! He's a tough critic too! Thanks for this recipe!

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    • on January 28, 2014

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      Who needs Famous Dave's when you can make these at home. Seriously the best ribs ever. Ditto to all the reviews. So dang good. And the beans she made with it are to die for!

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    • on July 17, 2013

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      Best ribs I have made in a very long time!! Also the first time using a rub. I really didn't want to put my oven on and heat the house for that long, so I started them in my crock pot. OMGosh so good. Thank you Kelsey!! I'm a good cook but you make me better. Going to go try some more recipes now!

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