Texas BBQ Ribs

Gluten Free Living – 2014

We love these delicious Texas BBQ Ribs. Country-style ribs or pork spare ribs are cooked with onion and lemon, then a tasty homemade barbecue sauce is poured over the ribs as they continue baking until they are so tender the meat practically falls off the bone. I baste the ribs every 15-20 minutes  during the last two to two-and-a-half hours of cooking which allows the ribs to absorb more and more of the delectable sauce. These mouthwatering ribs are really succulent. The added bonus is that the recipe itself is fairly easy, too. It takes 5 minutes prep time for the ribs and 5 minutes prep time for the sauce. Yay!

This was always one of my favorite recipes growing up. My mom used to make it all the time. In fact, when we would make the three-hour drive from our home to hers (when our kids were small), I almost always requested these ribs for one of our meals while we were there. Mom would actually cut the meat off the bones and bake the ribs deboned. (Yes, you can also buy boneless ribs these days which are a lot easier).  I have no idea where Mom actually found this recipe. My guess is that she clipped it from a newspaper, but I don’t know where the recipe originated. All I know is that we have loved and made this recipe for a very long time….and enjoyed each and every bite!

I slow cook Texas BBQ Ribs so they usually take about 3 hours total baking time. The meat is so tender, juicy and delicious. I usually spoon all the sauce from the pan over top of the ribs when I serve them–but then I enjoy a lot of sauce on these ribs. Boneless ribs especially small ones won’t take that long. I’ve cooked them in as little as two hours before. It really depends on the size of the ribs. The lemon flavor, onions and barbecue sauce work so well to bring out the wonderful savory flavor of the pork. We served Texas BBQ Ribs for company last Friday night before going out to see a movie and our guests loved them, too.

If you’re looking for a wonderful way to prepare spare ribs, then you don’t need to go any farther than this flavorful recipe.  On days when you have other things you need to do, or lots of other sides to make for dinner, having a recipe that bakes in the oven is ideal. Once you taste one of these spectacular barbecued ribs, you’ll want to serve them often–for your family and others. They are yummy, indeed!

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Texas BBQ Ribs are some of the tastiest ribs you will ever eat!

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The meat is so delectable and tender. I have a hard time eating just one rib! Texas Barbecue Ribs are gluten free if you use gluten free catsup and Worcestershire sauce.

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Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of the barbecue sauce.

 

Here’s what I did.

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Grease or oil a 10-x15″ glass baking dish. Spread pork ribs over bottom of the dish. I used two packs of ribs. Add diced onion and lemon slices. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for about 30 minutes.

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You will use these ingredients to make up the sauce.

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Place all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to boiling. Simmer 15 minutes to blend flavors. Set aside.

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Remove ribs from oven and pour barbecue sauce over top. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, about 1 hour, basting every 15-20 minutes.

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Now turn the pork ribs over and spoon more barbecue sauce over each one.

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Remove lemon slices and discard. Continue baking an additional 1  1/2 hours basting meat with sauce every 15-20 minutes.

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Continue to baste the meat every 15-20 minutes throughout the cooking time.

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Here the ribs are done. Remove to a serving plate and spoon remaining barbecue sauce over top. I probably should have covered the ribs the last 30 minutes of cooking to prevent browning. But the ribs were tasty nonetheless.

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Texas BBQ Ribs are mouthwatering and succulent.

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The meat is so tender it just falls off the bones.

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You will love the taste of the ribs and sauce. This is a great dish to serve for company.

 

Here’s the recipe.

TEXAS BBQ RIBS

(Recipe adapted from my mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL)

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Delectable old-fashioned Texas barbecue-style ribs. These ribs are baked in the oven with sliced lemons and diced onions then slathered with a tasty barbecue sauce. This recipe is gluten free.
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
RIBS:
TEXAS BARBECUE SAUCE:
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
RIBS:
TEXAS BARBECUE SAUCE:
Instructions
RIBS:
  1. Place ribs in a large greased or oiled pan.
  2. Place one lemon slice over each rib.
  3. Sprinkle chopped onions over top of all.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350°.
  5. If there is a lot of grease, pour off.
  6. Pour BBQ sauce over top of ribs and bake an additional 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  7. (I usually bake about 2 ½ hours longer).
  8. Baste with sauce every 15 minutes.
  9. If sauce thickens too much add a little hot water, to prevent ribs from browning too much.
  10. Cover with foil the last 30 minutes of baking if ribs are getting too dark.
TEXAS BARBECUE SAUCE:
  1. Mix ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes on top of stove.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: My mom never used tomato juice, just a mixture of more catsup and water. Although I have done it both ways.

NOTE: You can also sprinkle about a teaspoon of lemon juice over each rib if you don’t have lemons. Either way works fine.

NOTE: Check your condiments to make sure your catsup and Worcestershire sauce are gluten free if you want to ensure this recipe truly is gluten free.

 

[b]Texas BBQ Ribs[/b]
Recipe Type: Pork Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from my Mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Delectable old-fashioned Texas barbecue-style ribs. These ribs are baked in the oven with sliced lemons and diced onions then slathered with a tasty barbecue sauce. This recipe is gluten free.
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. spare ribs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 lemons (or lemon juice)
Instructions
  1. Place ribs in a large greased or oiled pan.
  2. Place one lemon slice over each rib.
  3. Sprinkle chopped onions over top of all.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350°.
  5. If there is a lot of grease, pour off.
  6. Pour BBQ sauce over top of ribs and bake an additional 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  7. (I usually bake about 2 ½ hours longer).
  8. Baste with sauce every 15 minutes.
  9. If sauce thickens too much add a little hot water, to prevent ribs from browning too much.
  10. Cover with foil the last 30 minutes of baking if ribs are getting too dark.
Notes
This works well with boneless ribs, too. Although they may not need to cook quite as long.

 

[b]Texas Barbecue Sauce[/b]
Recipe Type: Pork Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from my mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Delectable old-fashioned Texas barbecue-style ribs. These ribs are baked in the oven with sliced lemons and diced onions then slathered with a tasty barbecue sauce. This recipe is gluten free.
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup catsup
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes on top of stove.
Notes
My mom never used tomato juice, just a mixture of more catsup and water. Although I have done it both ways. [br][br] You can also sprinkle about a teaspoon of lemon juice over each rib if you don’t have lemons. Either way works fine.[br][br]Check your condiments to make sure your catsup and Worcestershire sauce are gluten free if you want to ensure this recipe truly is gluten free.

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Texas BBQ Ribs are our favorite way to serve pork ribs.

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Don’t Texas BBQ Ribs look spectacular?

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