I first fell in love with making and cooking my own ribs years and years ago when I was in a freezer meal group. YES! A FREEZER MEAL GROUP! My friend Alyssa brought ribs, prepped and frozen with this sauce in freezer bags ready to take home and cook! God bless her! They were GOOD and I’ve never looked back!
This sauce is very versatile as you can use it in many different ways. My favorite ways to use it are in a freezer meal, on the grill, in the crock pot, and in the oven. I’ve used it on pork, beef and chicken.
Today I am telling you how I prep and cook ribs. I prefer pork ribs, but sometimes I cannot pass up a great sale on beef ribs.
FIRST, I SUGGEST STRONGLY that you parboil the ribs. It isn’t absolutely necessary, depending on who you ask, but I am telling you it makes a BIG difference! Boiling the ribs ahead of time tenderizes the meat, and renders the fat, which makes the ribs so much tastier and easier to eat.
It is EASY to do. Just place the raw ribs in a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil and keep at strong simmer or low boil for 1 hour. Drain, and remove the ribs to cool. If the ribs are connected in a rack, then use kitchen shears to separate into individual pieces. This makes it easier to cover in the sauce, then to freeze or cook.
Mix the sauce ingredients all together in a bowl. Place the ribs in a baking dish or in a freezer bag. Pour the sauce over the top to coat all the ribs. If you have placed the ribs and sauce in the bag, then label and place the freezer bag in the freezer for later.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes.
Check out the recipe notes below for grilling and crock pot instructions.
These ribs are a great start to a meat and potatoes supper.
My favorite sides to go along with ribs are –
- Cole Slaw
- Roasted potato bites
- Twice baked potatoes
- Green salad
- Roasted veggies
- Sweet potato fries
- French Fries
- Pasta Salad
SUGGESTION – EAT WITH YOUR HANDS! YUMMY!!
Barbecue Rib Sauce
- 5-6 pounds Ribs Pork is my favorite, can also use beef
- 1½ cups ketchup
- ½ cup barbecue sauce use your favorite
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1½ Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 dash Siracha or other hot sauce
- 2 Tbsp steak sauce we use A1
- 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp.
- Prepare the ribs ahead of time by boiling in a large pot of water for 1 hour. Let them cool, then freeze or refrigerate till ready to add the sauce and cook. This process gets the meat fall off the bone tender once sauced and cooked. It renders the fat and makes them tastier and tender later on. If the ribs are connected in a rack, then use kitchen shears to cut through the cooked meat and other connections to separate the ribs.
- Mix together all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl till well blended.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Pour the sauce over the ribs. Place the ribs in large baking dish in a single layer. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Then removed the foil and bake for another 30 minutes.
- Let them cool slightly before serving.
- The sauce can be frozen on its own in a freezer bag OR placed in a freezer bag with the parboiled ribs. Thaw and follow instructions for cooking.
- Can be cooked, the ribs and sauce, in a crockpot on low for 6 hours. This is a great option when you are busy, and want it waiting for you at home ready to eat. Slow cooked ribs work GREAT!
- Can be grilled on a medium high grill for 10-15 minutes. Turn halfway, and bastes with some extra sauce as they cook.