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Author Notes: These ribs aren't going to look and taste like the sticky, saucy, lacquered ribs of Southern yore—they're a bit cleaner in taste. As you've basically steamed them in their own juices, they'll be fall-off-the-bone succulent, and in this you may find a new appreciation for the flavor of pork as it should be: not drowned in a saccharine BBQ sauce, but rather powdered with a smoky-sweet, savory invisibility cloak that lets the meat be meat. —Eric Kim
Food52 Review: Featured in: My Lip-Smacking BBQ Ribs & the Secret Spice Blend That Makes Them Sing. —The Editors
Serves: 3 to 4
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 hrs
pounds pork baby back ribs
tablespoons Magic Spice Blend, recipe follows
- Preheat the oven to 250° F. Season the ribs on both sides, generously, with the Magic Spice Blend.
- Wrap the ribs tightly in aluminum foil (I always use heavy-duty), place on a sheet pan flesh-side down, and bake for 3 hours. I like to eat this with white rice.
For the Magic Spice Blend
cup brown sugar, dark or light
tablespoons kosher salt
tablespoons smoked paprika (you can use regular sweet paprika if you don't like the taste of smoked)
tablespoon garlic powder
tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
teaspoons cayenne pepper
teaspoon celery seed, crushed in the palm of your hand
- Spoon all of the ingredients into a Mason jar and shake.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!