The Easy BBQ Ribs is a recipe for those of us who love tender BBQ Ribs smothered in sticky BBQ sauce and want to eat them more often than an occasional visit to our favorite BBQ place in town. We want to eat them at home, use our fingers to pick them up, and joyfully lick the tasty BBQ sauce off our fingers when no one is watching!
The typical recipe for homemade BBQ Ribs takes some advance preparation, some need to be marinated for hours, and almost all of them need at least 2-4 hours of constant attention at the grill. And let’s not forget the main ingredient, the cooperation from Mother Nature; this is especially important for the Memorial Day weekend! As most of us who don’t live in a place with perfect weather year round know, end of May is really not quite warm enough in some states. At this very moment that I’m writing this post, I’m watching a much needed rainfall from my window watering my trees and lawn. As much as I am hoping for a sunny and gorgeous day next week, when I plan for a BBQ party with family and friends I kind of like to have a backup plan just in case! This is my backup plan!
I am going to share a recipe with you that takes only one hour and few minutes and the result is juicy, tender BBQ Ribs that melt in your mouth. Here is the secret: You can prepare them on the stovetop and finish them in your broiler or on the grill. These beef back ribs are simmered in a pot on stovetop until tender then smothered in a delicious BBQ sauce and either broiled or grilled for only a few minutes. I have been preparing BBQ Ribs using this method for many years. My oldest daughter was a very selective eater as a toddler and then one day when she was three I made these ribs and voila! she started eating them without any fuss and oh man! I still remember the jubilation, She has made up more than enough for those earlier years by becoming quite a gourmet with a very sophisticated pallet as a young woman to make any mama proud!
These ribs they are so delicious that when I tell people how easy it is to prepare them they don’t believe it until they try the recipe for themselves. I genuinely prefer these ribs to those that take hours of preparation and cooking. The best part is that us rib lovers can have them anytime we crave them without worrying about the weather outside! Please leave a comment and let me know if you try this method and love it as much as I do.
The ribs are cooked over the stovetop in water with onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Then they are covered in BBQ sauce and broiled.
Another bonus to this method is the delicious rich broth that I save for soups after cooking the ribs. After the ribs are fork tender I transfer them to a baking sheet and refrigerate the broth. Once the broth is refrigerated for several hours all the fat rises to the top and solidifies. At this point the layer of fat can easily be picked off the top and discarded. The broth that is left is absolutely delicious with less calories and can be used within up to 2-3 days in soups or Persian Aash Reshteh or Dash Kalam Boranisi. This broth can also be frozen for several weeks for a later use.
Enjoy these delicious and Easy BBQ Ribs with steamed vegetables or corn and a side of Creamy Coleslaw, or New Potato & Dill Salad.
Broil time: 10 minutes
You will need two large stockpots and a large baking sheet
- 8 pounds beef back ribs, divided between two pots
- 2 ½ large yellow onions, peeled and diced large, divided
- 10-12 large garlic cloves, peeled and divided
- 2 tsp salt, divided
- 2 tsp ground black pepper, divided
- Enough cold water to cover the ribs
- One 45-ounce bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. I use K.C. Masterpiece Original. Depending on how much sauce you put on the ribs you might have some sauce left over.
- Trim the fat from the beef back ribs. Wash the ribs and divide them between two large pots.
- Peel and dice the onions, divide and add to the pots.
- Peel the garlic cloves and add them whole or diced to the two pots.
- Add 1 tsp each of salt and ground black pepper to each pot and fill them up with enough cold water to cover the ribs.
- Bring the water to a boil without covering the pots. Boil for about 10 minutes and skim off the foam that collects on top.
- Reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pots and cook for about 1 hour, or until the ribs are fork tender and a piece of meat can easily be pulled off the bone with the fork.
- Set the rack in the center of oven and heat the oven to broil setting.
- Line one large baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange the cooked ribs in a single layer on the foil. The ribs will be touching and that is perfectly fine.
- Squeeze or spoon the BBQ sauce all over the ribs and broil them for 7 minutes. The sauce should be bubbling.
- Take the baking sheet out of the oven and squeeze or spoon some more BBQ sauce over the ribs and put it back in the oven and this time broil for 3 minutes.
- Instead of the broiler method you may heat your outdoor grill to medium and brush BBQ sauce on the ribs and grill them until the sauce is bubbling.
- Serve with steamed Brussels sprouts, corn or other vegetables and a side of Creamy Coleslaw or New Potato and Dill Salad. You may heat some extra BBQ sauce in a microwave safe bowl and serve it on the side for those who like more sauce.