Tender, flavorful, Ultimate Oven Baked BBQ Ribs cooked low and slow. Rubbed with my Sweet and Spicy BBQ Rub and coated with my ten minute Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce. Perfection. Two racks will serve 4 - 6. Three racks will serve 6 - 8.
Combine all Rub ingredients until thoroughly combined. Set aside 1/4 cup of the rub for making the sauce.
For the Ribs:
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. If your oven is large enough to fit the baking sheets side by side while cooking then use the middle rack. If not, then arrange the oven racks to the lower and upper third of the oven and place a baking sheet on each rack.
Remove the membrane on the back of the ribs if it hasn't already been removed. To remove, slide a knife just under the membrane on the corner of the rack to loosen. Grab the corner and pull it off. You may need a paper towel because it can be slippery. The membrane should come off in one piece. Discard membrane. I like to slice each rack in half between the bones to fit on the baking sheet. If cooking 3 racks, you will need another baking sheet.
Sprinkle rub all over ribs and massage it in. Wrap each half * (See Note) in foil then make 3 - 4 slits in top. Open the slits up slightly to allow the steam to escape. This will prevent your meat from overlooking and turning grey and mushy, but still benefit from moisture in cooking.
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium high heat. The moment you see it start to bubble, lower the heat to low to prevent any splatter and cook, stirring every few minutes, for 10 minutes. If you find it still splattering on low heat, partially cover pan.
Remove ribs from oven. Unwrap and coat with the Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce.
You can finish by placing ribs under the broiler for a few minutes until the top is caramelized. Or, you can finish on a medium high grill for about 5 - 10 minutes starting meat side down until beautifully caramelized.
Wrapping each half in foil serves 2 purposes - the ribs are easier to handle when wrapped separately. Each half slab is a large serving or you can split it however you like. You can reuse the individual foil packets for the bones.