One of my family’s favorite things to do in the warmer months is to grill out. In fact, you can probably find me on the grill two to three times per week between May and September. But what do you do in the winter months when you’re craving things like barbecue ribs? Well, I’ve been making these oven baked beef spare ribs for years and they’re just perfect if you miss that grill flavor when it’s cold outside.
Baked Beef Spare Ribs
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons smoked sea salt
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons granulated onion powder
2 tablespoons granulated garlic powder
2 teaspoons chipotle powder
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 lbs beef spare ribs
Wash and pat dry ribs. Place the ribs on a large baking sheet that has been covered with foil.
Rub the olive oil and Worcestershire sauce over the ribs and make sure each side is coated well.
Combine sugar and spices in a bowl and mix well.
Sprinkle the sugar spice mixture over the ribs on both sides making sure that they are seasoned well. You want a fairly heavy coating of the spice. Massage the spice into the ribs.
Cover the ribs and refrigerate for at least 2 hours – preferably overnight. This is an optional step, but it will enhance the flavor of your ribs.
Once ribs are marinated, arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheet, and cover them tightly with foil making a sealed pouch so that the ribs will steam.
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the ribs on the middle rack of the oven and cook them for 3 – 3 ¾ hours until the meat is pulling away from the bone and fork tender. Be sure to check on your ribs at the 3 hour mark. My ribs usually take about 3 ¼ hours to cook.
Once your ribs are done, remove them from the oven and set your oven on broil.
Remove the top piece of foil and brush your ribs in your favorite barbecue sauce. Place them back in the oven and let them broil until the sauce is bubbly and caramelized. This should only take about 2 – 3 minutes. Keep an eye on it because it can burn very easily.
Once you remove the ribs from the oven you can either put another layer of barbecue sauce on them or serve as it.