Full-disclosure–nobody in our house actually watches football. We don’t know much about the game or the teams, but once a year we jump on the Super Bowl bandwagon because we like the tailgate barbecues and the half-time show.
So, in honour of the Super Bowl and all big sporting events everywhere, we salute you with some deliciously messy, fall-off-the-bone tender, ooie gooey, awesome, game day bbq baby back ribs with Nelson’s Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce. You can use any other bbq sauce you want, but why would you?
Our little guy had a bbq sauce grin, practically from ear to ear. We all had sticky finger-licking fingers… and we didn’t care. These ribs are meant to be enjoyed this way. We threw etiquette out the window and put extra napkins on the table instead. Sometimes, life calls for treats like this.
I do realize the Super Bowl is taking place next weekend, but we’re an eager bunch and we thought we’d get a head start today–you know–a practice run to be sure we’re ready for game day. And, let me tell you… we’re ready!
Whether you’re into the game or not, there’s no need to miss out on the fun. We say, go [insert the name of your favourite team here], go! This is a great reason to eat well, friends.
- 2 full baby back ribs (about 3.6 lbs)
- Dry Rub Ingredients:
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ground thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1⅓ cups quality bbq sauce (we highly recommend our Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce)
- Preheat the oven to 275 ºF
- On a cutting board, turn the back ribs onto the meat side.
- Remove the thin membrane (this white layer) off the back of the ribs. If you've never done this before, it's worth trying out. It'll make your ribs even morefall-off-the-bone. We found a great tutorial here.
- On a large baking sheet, cover the entire sheet with 3 overlapping sheets of aluminum foil.
- Place the ribs on the aluminum foil side by side.
- In a small bowl, mix together the dry rub ingredients.
- Sprinkle the dry rub evenly over both side of the ribs. Use your hands to rub the ingredients into the meat.
- Bring the side, top and bottom of the aluminum foil over the ribs to wrap them.
- Cut another two sheets and wrap them around the top of the ribs.
- Place the baking sheet with the wrapped ribs in the oven.
- Let cook for 2 hours and 45 minutes
- Preheat the BBQ to 425 ºF
- Once the ribs come out of the oven, carefully open the foil with your face away from the tin foil to avoid direct contact with hot steam being released.
- Transfer the ribs to the hot BBQ.
- Note: your ribs are pretty much cooked at this point, the next steps are to brush the sauce and create the awesome char marks on the ribs.
- Brush the ribs generously with the sauce on the bottoms of the ribs and turn over.
- Brush the meat side of the ribs and close the lid.
- After about 3 minutes, open the lid and turn the ribs over onto the meat side. Close the lid.
- After 3 minutes open the lid, turn the ribs over and brush the meat side again generously.
- Turn them onto the meat side again (try to get the opposite direction of the first char marks).
- Close the lid and cook another two minutes.
- Turn the meat side up and place the ribs on a serving dish.
- Enjoy these hot!