The Hubs LOVES football. I LOVE grocery shopping. Fortunately for the both of us, our worlds collided in a perfect way today. NFL season kicked off this evening and pork spare ribs were on sale at Henry’s for $2.99/lb.
I have never cooked ribs before. The Hubs is usually our “rib guy” but I thought I would try to cook him up an extra special “man meal” to start off the season right. As per usual, I started off my meal planning with a whole lotta googling. I knew I wanted to make my ribs in the oven (I won’t lie, I’m a little grill shy, especially when its something I’ve never made before) I wanted them to be spicy, but I also wanted to be able to use ingredients I already had so as not to offset the awesome sale price by having to buy a bunch of other crap. I decided to go with Alton Brown’s “Who Loves Ya Baby-Back?” recipe….with a few adaptions.
First, I made a rub. I had some Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce so I adapted my rub to include a little chipotle flavor (I am a chipotle junkie) I used:
8 T. Light brown sugar
3 T. Kosher salt
1 T. Chili powder
and 1/2 t. each of Chipotle chili powder, black pepper, onion powder and ground mustard (a lot of the recipes I read had ground mustard so why not?)
I rubbed those bad boys down, wrapped ’em in foil and set ’em in the fridge for about an hour and a half (until I finished my boring conference calls). Next, I made Alton’s brining liquid, although I just used water instead of white wine because I did not have any white wine, except pink champagne which I didn’t think would work so well. I followed his recipe exactly, microwaving the liquid and pouring it into the foil packets. I put the ribs in a 250 degree oven for about 3 hours.
Now its sauce time! I didn’t reduce my brining liquid like Alton did because I already had some sauce. I smothered my ribs with Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce and stuck ’em under the broiler for about 10 minutes (maybe not even that long) I was hoping they would crisp up a bit more than they did but they still ended up juicy, tender and delicious!
I served my ribs with a can of Bush’s Texas Ranchero Grillin’ beans (coupon buy) and some fresh corn on the cob. Total man dinner! It was all delicious but, dang, I could use some floss