Sunday, April 6, 2008

Pork Ribs, Pt. III - Finishing up

Almost done! Once the ribs have been cooking in the slow cooker for about 8 hours, take them out, put a last brushing of barbecue sauce on them, and put them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Why do we finish in the oven? Because the dry heat of the oven helps caramelize that barbecue sauce into the meat--otherwise, you'll have ugly, soggy brown ribs.

Here they are, brushed with sauce and in the oven.

About 20 minutes later, this is what they look like. Much better, eh?

Take them out after 30 minutes, and let them rest for a tiny bit. If it looks slightly burnt to you, then I've done my job right. Don't worry--the outside may look a little burnt, but it's supposed to. The meat is still nice and tender.

Serve with potato salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese, or other various barbecue sides.

Or, be a complete idiot like me and forget that you were supposed to make sides. It's still good with rice.

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