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How To Bake Spare Ribs In Oven With Dry Rub

How To Bake Spare Ribs In Oven With Dry Rub

Spare ribs are juicy and jam-packed with flavor. As the meat falls off the bones, you can enjoy the richness of the meat along with the flavors of the dry rub. Making spare ribs with a dry rub is super easy. You can cook it in so many ways but baking these ribs in the oven is by far the easiest way to get maximum flavors.

If you are wondering how to bake spare ribs in the oven with a dry rub, you have come to the right place! Here is everything you need to know!

What are spare ribs?

Spare ribs are a cut of meat, also known as the Kansas City cut or St Louis-style ribs. This cut is actually the lower part of the ribs. Most people confuse spare ribs with baby back ribs. However, the two have quite a few noticeable differences.

Baby back ribs tend to have more meat than spare ribs, and spare rib meat tends to be fattier and have a little less meat on the bone. Spare ribs come in a rectangular slab and are flatter compared to baby back ribs which are curved.

Spare ribs are jam-packed with flavor and less expensive than baby back ribs.

Tips for baking oven ribs with dry rub

When cooking ribs in the oven with a dry rub, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Use fresh, unfrozen spare ribs if you can for this recipe. If you are using frozen spare ribs, be sure to thaw them completely first to get rid of excess moisture.
  • Removing the membrane from the ribs is a personal choice; however, I prefer to remove it before baking. The easiest way to do so is by making a slit on the inner side of the membrane and then carefully peeling it using your hands. If it’s slippery, you can use a kitchen or paper towel to secure it tightly.
  • The secret to tender spare ribs is cooking them over low heat for a longer time. So, when baking these spare ribs, it is ideal that you let them cook for 2 to 3 hours at 275 degrees F.
  • You can use your favorite spices to make the spice rub. You can also use premade spice rubs. Whatever you love will work.

What to serve with oven-baked spare ribs?

There are so many side dishes that you can serve with oven-baked ribs. Here are a few simple yet delicious ideas on what to serve with oven-baked spare ribs with a dry rub:

  • Sauces: Spare ribs taste amazing when drenched in a rich, delicious sauce. Whether it is your favorite BBQ sauce or something more luxurious, you can try different sauces to see which one you love the most.
  • Salads: From fresh garden salad to creamy egg and potato salad, you can choose a hundred different salad recipes that go well with this dish.
  • Rice/quinoa: You can serve quinoa or rice with spare ribs. Try garlic rice, Mexican rice, or vegetable fried rice.
  • French fries: Fries are always welcome with spare ribs, especially when you have kids and teens in the house.

Can you marinate spare ribs in advance?

Absolutely! If you are preparing spare ribs with dry rub for a party, you can marinate the spare ribs with dry rub for up to 12 hours. Simply marinate them, and refrigerate the ribs. 12 hours is plenty of time to get the flavors going.

How To Bake Spare Ribs In Oven With Dry Rub Recipe

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. spare ribs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the dry rub:

  • 1 ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian herbs
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Prepare the spare ribs by peeing off any membrane present on the bony part of the ribs. Pat the ribs dry using a kitchen towel.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the ribs and rub them with your hands.
  • Add all the ingredients for the dry rub in a bowl, i.e., smoked paprika, cayenne powder, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian herbs, mustard powder, black pepper, and salt. Mix so that everything is well combined.
  • Prepare the baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. Place the spare ribs on the tin foil-lined baking tray. Keep the meaty side facing upwards.
  • Generously sprinkle the prepared dry rub over the spare ribs. Pat them so that the dry rub sticks to the ribs.
  • Place the baking tray in a preheated oven at 275 degrees F for about two or two and a half hours or until the meat is cooked and starts falling off the bones.
  • Once done, take the baking tray out of the oven and serve the spare ribs with your favorite side and barbecue sauce. Enjoy!

How To Bake Spare Ribs In Oven With Dry Rub Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes Servings: 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lbs. spare ribs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • For the dry rub:
  • 1 ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian herbs
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the spare ribs by peeing off any membrane present on the bony part of the ribs. Pat the ribs dry using a kitchen towel.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the ribs and rub them with your hands.
  • Add all the ingredients for the dry rub in a bowl, i.e., smoked paprika, cayenne powder, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian herbs, mustard powder, black pepper, and salt. Mix so that everything is well combined.
  • Prepare the baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. Place the spare ribs on the tin foil-lined baking tray. Keep the meaty side facing upwards.
  • Generously sprinkle the prepared dry rub over the spare ribs. Pat them so that the dry rub sticks to the ribs.
  • Place the baking tray in a preheated oven at 275 degrees F for about two or two and a half hours or until the meat is cooked and starts falling off the bones.
  • Once done, take the baking tray out of the oven and serve the spare ribs with your favorite side and barbecue sauce. Enjoy!

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