Texas BBQ Ribs
Gluten Free Living – 2014
We love these delicious Texas BBQ Ribs. Country-style ribs or pork spare ribs are first cooked with onion and lemon. Then a tasty homemade barbecue sauce is poured over the ribs. 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. This 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 is 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 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. This recipe is terrific for days when you have other things you need to do. It’s also ideal when you have lots of other sides to make for dinner. 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!
I initially posted this recipe in April 2014. Unfortunately, my pictures were a little blurry so they didn’t adequately reflect how great this recipe is. I recently remade this recipe (February 2019) for our Friday night care group. Then I served them on Sunday to my son and his new wife. These ribs always get high reviews and this time was no exception. I still prefer making these with country style ribs. But my husband but rack ribs this time, so that’s how we cooked them. I do recommend putting a piece of parchment paper under the ribs before baking. That way the sauce won’t stick to the pan so much. Enjoy.
Texas BBQ Ribs are some of the tastiest ribs you will ever eat!
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 ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
This time I cooked the whole rack of ribs instead of having each rib cut down individually when I started.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the pork ribs. I do recommend purchasing spare ribs or country-style ribs rather than rack ribs.
I recommend placing parchment paper on your cookie sheet and spraying the paper with cooking spray. (Which I didn’t do).
Place ribs on cookie sheet. Add diced onion and lemon slices. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare BBQ Sauce: I used these ingredients.
Place brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl. (Here, I’ve placed right in my saucepan).
Stir to combine.
Add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and tomato juice.
Stir to combine.
Bring sauce ingredients to a simmer and cook 15 minutes to blend flavors.
Remove lemon slices and begin basting with BBQ sauce. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, about an hour, basting every 15-20 minutes.
Now turn the pork ribs over and spoon more barbecue sauce over each one. Continue baking an additional 1 1/2 hours basting meat with sauce every 15-20 minutes.
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.
Texas BBQ Ribs are mouthwatering and succulent.
The meat is so tender it just falls off the bones.
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)
- 3 lbs. spare ribs
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 lemons (or lemon juice)
- Place ribs in a large greased or oiled pan.
- Place one lemon slice over each rib.
- Sprinkle chopped onions over top of all.
- Bake for about 30 minutes at 350°.
- If there is a lot of grease, pour off.
- Pour BBQ sauce over top of ribs and bake an additional 1 ½ to 2 hours.
- (I usually bake about 2 ½ hours longer).
- Baste with sauce every 15 minutes.
- If sauce thickens too much add a little hot water, to prevent ribs from browning too much.
- Cover with foil the last 30 minutes of baking if ribs are getting too dark.
- 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
- Mix ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes on top of stove.
Texas BBQ Ribs are our favorite way to serve pork ribs.
Don’t Texas BBQ Ribs look spectacular?
Texas BBQ Ribs are finger-lickin’ good. 🙂