Cooking Baby Back Ribs In Oven
If you are planning to cook baby back ribs in oven, be prepared that this will take some time. While it won’t take as long as cooking spare ribs, it is important to allow enough time to ensure that the end result is succulent, tender and tasty.
1. Preparing The Baby Back Ribs
Liberally apply marinade to the ribs and allow them to stand overnight or for up to 24 hours to tenderize the meat. The ribs should be kept in the fridge during the marinating process and covered with cling wrap or foil to prevent them drying out. Vacuum packing the ribs will shorten the marinating time and will result in more tender meat.
You should allow the baby back ribs in oven to reach room temperature before placing them in the oven. Alternatively, don’t preheat your oven before your cooking time starts. If you place cold meat in a hot oven, it will cause the fibers to contract resulting in tough baby back ribs. However, if you choose not to preheat your oven, you should add an extra 1/2 hour to your cooking time.
3. Baby Back Ribs In Oven
Place the ribs in an oven dish ensuring that they lie flat. Alternatively, place them on an oven rack over a drip tray to catch excess marinade, fat and meat drippings. Place the ribs in the center of the oven (not too close to the top or bottom heating element to prevent burning).
Ensure that they baby back ribs in oven are entirely coated in the marinade and cover with tin foil. This will ensure that the ribs don’t dry out during the cooking process. You may want to apply additional marinade throughout the cooking process to ensure they stay moist and succulent.
The oven should be preheated to 120 degrees C (350 degrees F) if you are cooking from room temperature. This is the ideal temperature for the entire cooking time.
The entire cooking time should take 1 and 1/2 hours. If you notice that the ribs are burning, lower the oven temperature rather than reducing the cooking time. If the meat does not fall off the bone easily after cooking, put the ribs back in the oven for an extra 15 minutes. I like to blowtorch the ribs to give them that crisp and smoky effect.
Don’t apply any additional marinade for the last 1/2 hour of cooking time or after removing the ribs from the oven.
It is important to rest all types of meat after cooking. This allows the meat to relax and the juices to spread through the fibers. Baby back ribs in oven should be rested for 5 to 10 minutes. It is important not to cut the ribs before or during the resting time. You should ensure that the ribs remain covered during the resting process.
5. Cut And Serve
Make sure that you use a sharp knife that will slice easily through the bone. If your ribs are cooked properly, a blunt knife will pull the meat off the bone rather than expertly dissecting them.