Yes, you CAN enjoy tender, juicy ribs, on a weeknight. Stubb’s BBQ Hickory Bourbon sauce is the perfect tangy and sweet accompaniment to your new favorite meal that takes barely any time to prepare.
There’s a common misconception about ribs. While best enjoyed after being cooked “low and slow,” ribs tend to be pushed back to Saturday’s and Sunday’s or those holiday Friday’s when there’s time to let something cook in the oven for two hours.
You must look past the “two hours” and think about how there is very little preparation for these ribs, which means the majority of the time is spent with the ribs in the oven. This means you can watch TV, write a blog, paint your nails, walk the dog, whatever you need to do.
If you have your own favorite BBQ spice mix, definitely use it. I prefer Penzey’s BBQ 3000 because I use it frequently and I like the flavor. Penzey’s spices are very high quality.
Stubb’s BBQ is my go-to sauce. I love all of the flavors the offer and I really like the consistency. It’s thin but not too thin, just enough that it spreads easily and evenly.
While the last time I wrote about using Stubb’s was in my Stubb’s BBQ Chicken Sliders recipe, which also includes a step-by-step on how to cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker. The chicken will be a little drier than if you roasted it or boiled it, but that’s where Stubb’s takes over.
I hope you find the time to make these ribs. Trust me, they are worth the wait.
While ideally I would cook these in the oven and then throw them on the grill, it’s March and there’s snow on the ground so the grill is outside and away from here. I have a grill plate but it is not the same. The broiler takes the place of the grill. If you’re reading this and it IS summer, then head over to my recipe for baby back ribs on the grill.
Oven Baked BBQ Ribs with Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon Sauce
Serves 2, one half rack each
- One rack of pork ribs
- 2 tbsp Penzey’s BBQ 3000 seasoning
- Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Rinse and pat dry the pork ribs. Cut in half using a knife or kitchen shears. Place in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
Sprinkle the Penzey’s BBQ 3000 seasoning on both sides of the ribs and rub in with your fingers.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until ribs are at least 165 degrees and tender.
Turn the oven up to broil. Baste the ribs with Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon sauce and place back in the oven without the foil for 5 minutes or until ribs have a slight crust on top. Brush more sauce on top and serve.
Disclosure: Stubb’s BBQ provided me with their finger lickin’ good sauce to create this recipe.