These fall off the bone BBQ pork ribs recipe is all you need! They’re so finger-licking good and ridiculously tender. Made with a homemade BBQ sauce, they’re healthy and super easy to make. Gluten-free & dairy-free.
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Who doesn’t love some delicious BBQ pork ribs? My partner Will is a rib fan, and I feel like he loves me a bit more when I make these… And I’m not joking 😊
I always say it, but for a good reason. Slow cooked meat is just the best! Those rich flavours, and tenderness are hard to beat. For more slow cooked meat ideas, check out my pulled bbq beef brisket or my slow cooked beef ragu.
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- How to make these fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork ribs
- Why these slow cooked BBQ ribs are so good!
- Top tip!!
- FAQs About Fall Off The Bone Pork Ribs
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- Rack of pork ribs
- Ground black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Smoked or sweet paprika
- Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- No-ketchup bbq sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce).
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How to make these fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork ribs
Repeat with me “long cooking time doesn’t equal difficult”. This is an easy recipe, follow the easy steps below and I guarantee you will succeed.
Preheat the oven on top and bottom baking mode at 120 degree Celsius (low heat).
Lay an oven tray or big baking sheet with parchment paper and place the rack of ribs on top. Rub all the spices and EVOO on the top and back of the ribs.
Cover with aluminium foil and put in the oven for 6 hours.
Take the tray out of the oven and remove the foil. At this point they should already be cooked falling off-the-bone.
Add a generous amount of BBQ sauce with a brush on both sides. Put back in the oven and cook at 180 degrees Celsius (medium heat) for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Hint: the cooking time might depend on the size of the ribs. Check after 4 hours to see how they’re going.
You can also cook these delicious ribs in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours and then transfer to the oven with the BBQ sauce as per the instructions.
- Store-bought BBQ sauce - instead of homemade one. Always look out for low sugar content and no nasty ingredients.
- Get creative with the spices – other spices that could work great are: onion powder, cayenne pepper, cumin or coriander powder.
- Make them extra spicy adding some chili sauce to the BBQ sauce.
Why these slow cooked BBQ ribs are so good!
These barbecue ribs are super delicious and tender, but the best part is that they’re healthy too!! As opposed to a lot of other recipes, or butcher-bought bbq ribs, that are filled with sugar, they’re made with a homemade bbq sauce that has no ketchup and is refined sugar-free.
You can enjoy these flavoursome ribs without compromising your healthy diet!! Plus they are ideal for those with a medically restrictive diet.
This rib recipe it's also a very simple recipe to follow (it's a foolproof method!), you don't need crazy cooking skills to make the best ribs!
All you need to make these ribs is...
- Oven tray
- Baking paper and foil
These ribs make a great leftover meal! Store in an airtight container or in a tray covered with compostable plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 5 days.
My biggest tip to make these super tender bbq ribs is to don’t try to rush the oven time. While you could cook this recipe quicker setting the oven at a higher temperature, the fall-off-the-bone tenderness won’t be achieved the same way.
FAQs About Fall Off The Bone Pork Ribs
What's the secret to making perfect fall off the bone pork ribs?
The secret lies in the slow cooking method. Bake your pork ribs at a temperature of 120 degrees Celsius for about 6 hours. This low and slow approach ensures that the rib meat becomes incredibly tender and bone tender, making the meat fall off the bone.
Is it possible to cook baby back ribs in a slow cooker or crock pot?
Yes, you can prepare baby back ribs using a slow cooker or crock pot. This method allows for slow cook ribs, which is ideal for achieving that fall off the bone tenderness. Cook on low for around 6 hours, then finish in the oven with BBQ sauce for the perfect glaze.
Can I use brown sugar in my BBQ sauce for spare ribs?
Absolutely! Adding brown sugar to your BBQ sauce can provide a delightful sweetness, balancing the smoky flavor of the spare ribs. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy a sweeter, caramelized glaze on their ribs.
How do I store and reheat leftover ribs to maintain their tenderness?
Store your leftover ribs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When reheating, do so gently in the oven or microwave to preserve their tenderness. Properly stored, they can be enjoyed for up to 5 days.
What's the difference between beef ribs and pork ribs in terms of cooking?
While this recipe is for pork ribs, beef ribs can also be cooked in a similar manner. However, note that beef ribs might require a slightly longer cooking time due to their larger size and denser texture.
Can I achieve 5 stars restaurant-quality cooked ribs at home?
Definitely! By following this recipe carefully, particularly the slow cooking instructions, you can create 5 stars quality cooked ribs right in your own kitchen. The key is patience and not rushing the cooking process.
Why does the meat falls off the bone so easily with this recipe?
The reason the meat falls off so easily is due to the extended cooking time at a low temperature. This process breaks down the connective tissues in the ribs, making them exceptionally tender and causing the meat to easily separate from the bone.
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These fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork ribs recipe is all you need! They’re so finger-licking good and ridiculously tender. Made with a homemade BBQ sauce, they’re healthy and super easy to make. Gluten-free & dairy-free.
- 1,6kg pork ribs (400gr per person)
- ½ tbsp ground pepper
- ½ tbsp garlic powder
- ½ tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 cup homemade no-ketchup BBQ sauce
- Preheat the oven on top and bottom baking mode at 120 degree Celsius.
- Lay an oven tray with baking paper and place the ribs on top. Rub all the spices and EVOO on both sides.
- Cover with foil and put in the oven for 6 hours.
- Take the tray out of the oven and remove the foil. At this point they should already be cooked falling off-the-bone.
- Add a generous amount of BBQ sauce with a brush on both sides. Put back in the oven and cook at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes.
The cooking time might depend on the size of the ribs. Check after 4 hours to see how they’re going.
You can also cook the ribs in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours and then transfer to the oven with the BBQ sauce as per the instructions.
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