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I don’t know about you, but I plan my meals around what goes on sale at my fav grocery store. The ads go online on Thursday, and I do my shopping on Friday. This week, pork shoulder country-style ribs were at a great price. Even not on sale, country-style ribs are very reasonably priced (super cheap). Fun fact: Country-style pork ribs aren’t ribs. They are cuts of pork shoulder, which is the same meat that’s used for pulled pork. These thick cuts are meatier than regular pork or beef ribs with a marbling of fat, resulting in tender, fall-apart ribs. While sometimes you can find them in the form of a rack, usually country-style ribs are cut into individual pieces.
These ribs are a great alternative to traditional ribs. This easy oven recipe is a perfect option when outdoor grilling isn’t an option. The ribs are wrapped in aluminum foil which keeps them moist and makes clean-up a breeze. (For info on the benefits of using aluminum foil for cooking, check out my “Curse, Foiled Again!” blog post.) I chose Creole seasoning for this recipe cause that’s what I had in my pantry – it’s all part of stress-free cooking! (Use what you have on-hand.) The Creole seasoning is a spicy combination of oregano, bay leaf, basil, rosemary, parsley, and paprika. Cajun seasoning works just as well. Both give the ribs the right amount of heat. If you prefer a milder taste, I recommend using paprika as an alternative spice. The barbeque sauce goes on for the last 15 minutes. I use whatever barbeque sauce I have in the fridge. I tend to buy store-brand and doctor it up with a splash of vinegar and a dash of nutmeg. Other great add-ins to zhoosh up generic sauce include cider vinegar, nutmeg, brown sugar, ketchup, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, yellow mustard, and liquid smoke.
You could make your own spice rub and barbeque sauce and spend hours cooking on a grill or a smoker – but why??? Easy Country-Style Baked Barbeque Ribs made with a prepared seasoning mix and barbeque sauce and onion slices take less than 10 minutes to prep and 1½ to bake. Tender, juicy, spicy hot, and tangy-sweet. These ribs will become an inexpensive go-to for a great dinner with little effort.
Easy Country-Style Baked Barbecued RibsCourse: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Tender, juicy, spicy hot, and tangy-sweet. These budget-friendly ribs will be your new go-to for a great pork dinner with little effort.
• 2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs, about 6 ribs
• 2 Tablespoons Creole seasoning
• 1 medium onion, sliced
• 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- Heat the oven to 325 F. Line a shallow baking pan with aluminum foil; coat the foil with oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pat the country-style ribs with paper towels to dry and place ribs in a plastic bag. Add Creole seasoning and shake well to coat all sides of the ribs. Place ribs on baking pan. Top with onions. Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil.
- Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the ribs are very tender.
- Remove the top piece of foil and brush the ribs with barbecue sauce. Bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes for a crispier exterior and to caramelize onions.
- If you don’t have Creole seasoning, Cajun seasoning is also great. If you like a milder seasoning, paprika is a good alternative.
- Zhoosh up store-bought BBQ with a splash or dash any of the following: cider vinegar, nutmeg, brown sugar, ketchup, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, yellow mustard, liquid smoke