Are you a fan of juicy, tender ribs with a crispy bacon twist? Look no further than cooking them in your very own oven!
With a few simple steps and some basic ingredients, you can create a mouth-watering dish that will have your taste buds dancing. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner in the kitchen, this guide will walk you through the process of cooking bacon ribs in the oven.
So, grab your apron and let’s get started!
How To Cook Bacon Ribs In Oven?
There are a few different methods for cooking bacon ribs in the oven, so we’ll cover a few options to suit your preferences.
The Ingredients You’ll Need
To make bacon ribs in the oven, you’ll need the following ingredients:
– Rack of pork ribs
– Salt and pepper
– Olive oil
– Bacon slices
For the sauce:
– Brown sugar
– Peach preserves
– Fresh thyme
– Avocado oil (or any cooking oil of your choice)
You can also add other seasonings or spices to the sauce to customize the flavor to your liking. Additionally, you may want to have some barbecue sauce or mustard on hand for additional seasoning.
When it comes to cooking the ribs in the oven, there are a few different temperature and time options to choose from. Some recipes suggest cooking for 4 hours at 250 F, 3 hours at 300 F, or 2 hours at 350 F. However, it’s important to check the internal temperature of the ribs to ensure they are safe to eat. The minimum temperature is 145 F, but for better-tasting ribs, aim for around 190 F.
To prepare the ribs for baking, lightly coat them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then, wrap each individual rib with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. You can also prepare a sauce by cooking bacon with onion and garlic before adding brown sugar, peach preserves, molasses, and other seasonings.
Once you’ve prepared the ribs and sauce, place the ribs in a baking dish with a thin layer of sauce on the bottom. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the ribs and cover with foil. Bake in a preheated oven for the desired amount of time, checking the internal temperature periodically.
Once the ribs are fully cooked, you can remove the foil and broil them for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon. Then, serve hot and enjoy!
Preparing Your Ribs For Cooking
Before you start cooking your bacon ribs in the oven, it’s important to properly prepare them. This involves trimming any excess fat and removing the tough membrane covering the rib bones, also known as the fell.
To remove the fell, use a paper towel to grip the corner of the membrane on the back of the ribs and pull it off. This will help your ribs cook more evenly and make them easier to eat.
Once you’ve removed the fell, trim any excess fat from the ribs using a sharp knife. This will help prevent flare-ups in the oven and ensure that your ribs are not overly greasy.
Next, season your ribs according to your taste preferences. You can use a dry rub or marinade to add flavor to your meat. Be sure to coat both sides of the ribs evenly with your seasoning of choice.
If you prefer saucy ribs, you can also add barbecue sauce or another glaze during the cooking process. Just be sure not to add too much sauce too early, as it can burn in the oven and ruin your ribs.
By properly preparing your bacon ribs for cooking, you’ll ensure that they turn out tender, juicy, and full of flavor. So take your time with this step and don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings and sauces to find your perfect combination.
Seasoning Your Bacon Ribs
One of the most important steps in cooking delicious bacon ribs in the oven is seasoning them properly. There are a variety of seasonings you can use, depending on your taste preferences.
One popular option is to create a seasoning mix using peppers, salt, and garlic powder. Simply combine these ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle the mix over both sides of each rib. Make sure to reserve a small amount of the seasoning for later use.
Another popular option is to lightly coat the ribs with olive oil and then salt and pepper them to your liking. Once seasoned, wrap each individual rib with bacon, making sure that most of the rib is covered. Secure the bacon with toothpicks to keep it in place during cooking.
Regardless of which seasoning method you choose, it’s important to make sure that the bacon is evenly distributed and covers as much of the rib as possible. This will help ensure that your bacon ribs are flavorful and juicy.
Once your bacon ribs are seasoned and wrapped in bacon, you can bake them in the oven at a low heat of 250F for about 1 1/2 hours. This will help to slowly cook the meat and infuse it with flavor.
After baking, you can add a glaze or sauce to your bacon ribs for added flavor. Whether you choose a sweet and tangy peach preserve glaze or a smoky Kitty O’Byrne sauce, make sure to brush it onto the ribs and place them under a preheated broiler until crisped to your liking.
By seasoning your bacon ribs properly and cooking them slowly in the oven, you can create a delicious and flavorful dish that’s perfect for any occasion.
Cooking Your Bacon Ribs In The Oven
One method for cooking bacon ribs in the oven is to preheat the oven to 250°F. Then, place the ribs on a baking sheet and season them with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Let the ribs bake low and slow for about 1 1/2 hours until they are tender and fully cooked.
Another method involves wrapping individual ribs with bacon and securing it with toothpicks. In a separate bowl, combine ingredients for a BBQ sauce. Spoon enough sauce into a 9×13 glass baking dish to give the ribs a thin bed to rest on. Place the bacon-wrapped ribs in the dish and pour the remaining BBQ sauce over them. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350°F for 35 minutes. After 35 minutes, remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the ribs are cooked through.
If you prefer a spicier kick to your ribs, you can add some chili flakes to your glaze before brushing it onto your bacon-wrapped ribs. Finish off your ribs on the barbecue to get an enhanced flavor, continuously basting with your chosen sauce.
For those who prefer a dry rub, you can combine all spices in a small bowl and mix them together. Remove the ribs from their packaging and rinse them with cool water. Pat dry with a paper towel and remove the silverskin from the back of the rack if it’s still intact. Place the rack on two interlocked sheets of aluminum foil so you have twice the width of a standard sheet. Be sure foil sheets extend 8 inches longer than the rack length. Rub the entire rack (top and bottom) until completely coated with your dry rub. Optionally baste all over with BBQ sauce before folding over the short sides first followed by the longer sides. Seal tightly and wrap with one more sheet of foil, covering the top seam. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 2 hours.
To finish off your ribs on the grill, preheat it with the cover down for about 10 minutes before bringing it to medium-high heat and cleaning the grates well. Remove your bacon-wrapped ribs from their foil wrapping and cover them with an additional coating of BBQ sauce before searing them for 1-2 minutes per side or until the exterior is grilled to your liking.
Alternatively, you can finish off your ribs using your oven’s broiler by uncovering them from their foil wrapping and coating them fully (both sides) with additional BBQ sauce. Turn your broiler on high and ensure that your bacon-wrapped ribs are 5-6 inches from the heat source before broiling them for 1-3 minutes per side or until they reach your desired seared exterior.
Whichever method you choose, make sure to check on your bacon-wrapped ribs partway through baking or grilling to ensure that they don’t overcook and toughen up.
Checking For Doneness And Finishing Touches
When it comes to cooking bacon ribs in the oven, it’s important to check for doneness to ensure that they’re safe to eat and have the desired texture. The internal temperature of the ribs should be at least 145°F, but for a more tender and flavorful rib, aim for a temperature of around 190°F.
To check for doneness, use a meat thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding the bone. If the temperature is below 145°F, continue cooking and checking every 15-30 minutes until it reaches the desired temperature.
Once the ribs are cooked, you can add some finishing touches to enhance their flavor. One option is to brush them with a thin layer of barbecue sauce on both sides and return them to the oven for another 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. You can repeat this process a few times, depending on how saucy you like your ribs.
Another option is to wrap the ribs in foil and let them rest for about 10-15 minutes before serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute and make the meat more tender. You can also sprinkle some additional seasoning or herbs over the top before serving.
Serving And Enjoying Your Bacon Ribs
Once your bacon ribs are cooked to perfection, it’s time to serve and enjoy them! Here are some tips for making the most of your delicious dish:
1. Let them rest: Before diving in, give your bacon ribs a few minutes to rest. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful bite.
2. Garnish: To add some extra flavor and visual appeal, consider adding a garnish to your bacon ribs. Fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro can provide a pop of color and freshness, while sliced green onions or chives can add a mild onion flavor.
3. Serve with sides: Bacon ribs are a hearty and filling dish, so pair them with sides that complement their rich flavor. Classic barbecue sides like coleslaw, baked beans, or cornbread are always a good choice. Alternatively, you could serve your bacon ribs with roasted vegetables or a simple green salad for a lighter option.
4. Enjoy with friends: Bacon ribs are the perfect dish for sharing with friends and family. Gather around the table and savor each delicious bite together. Don’t forget to snap a photo of your finished dish and share it on social media using the hashtag #