Everyone (but vegetarians) loves a good fall-apart slab of baby back ribs. I like to do a dry rub on my ribs. It makes them so flavorful and taste like something out of a high end bbq restaurant. It's easy to do and all it takes to make them tender enough to fall off those little bones is time.
Whipping together the rub is easy and quick, and if you make a bunch (which I always do), just seal it in a sandwich bag and store it for next time!
Most of you know I don't measure if I don't have to and for this rub it's really no exception. All you need is a spoon. Size is irrelevant. My ingredients will appear below:
Set your oven to 300 degrees.
1 spoonful of black pepper
1 spoonful of paprika
1 spoonful of onion powder
1 spoonful of ground red pepper (cayenne, guajillo, whatever you have)
1/2 spoonful of sea or kosher salt
1 spoonful of cumin
1/2 spoonful of mustard powder
2 spoonfuls of brown sugar
1/2 spoonful of smoked sea salt (if you've got it, use it!)
Mix it all together, smoosh it around, breaking up any clumps and rub it liberally into the meat. Liberally, I mean, your hands should be red, the meat should be covered.
If you have the time, throw them in the fridge for an hour or ten, overnight if you can.
If not, don't worry. Wrap your ribs in foil, two layers if necessary, so they don't leak all over the oven, and lay them on a sheet pan, put them in the hot oven.
Bake. Bake. Bake. At least two and a half hours. Trust me on this. Check after two and a half and if the bones don't slide off the meat, bake some more. Check again in about 20 minutes. When they're ready, pull them out of the oven and let them rest for about 10 minutes. Smother them in your favorite bbq sauce if that's your style. You don't need it with this rub, but I like a good wet rack as much as the next guy so, you do you. Turn on your broiler (or grill if you've got one and the weather allows).
Unwrap the ribs and Throw them on the grill or under the broiler until they get a little charred. It's the best part when you smell that smell... Ohhh boy trust me.
There's only one more step here... EAT!!!
Fantastic ribs are super easy. Try it, you'll see...