I like to consider myself a rib conneouseur. Over time and after eating more ribs then most people will have in a lifetime, I have determined that there are two factors (other then the flavour) which can be used to judge a plate of ribs.
Firstly, tenderness of the meat. I love when the meat is so tender that it literally falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. I swear there is nothing better then insanely tender meat.
Many of you may not agree with my second point, but for me, the messier the ribs are to eat, the better. When your face and fingers are covered in sauce and you are surrounded in dirty napkins; that is rib perfection.
I can happily announce that Honey Garlic Ribs tick both boxes. The meat is melt in your mouth tender and they are so dang saucy, I recommend having a damp cloth ready for back up.
This honey garlic sauce is so incredibly simple, just 5 ingredients that most people will already have in their kitchen cupboard. The sauce starts out being relatively thin, but as the ribs slowly cook, it becomes caramelized and thick. Don’t forget to baste the ribs every 30 minutes while they bake, this will make the meat really flavourful.
Everyone has a different way of cooking ribs, some use a smoker, a slow cooker or even oven baked in a water bath. I personally find wrapping them tightly in a tin foil parcel and then baking them in the oven to be the easiest process with the most tender results.For the last 30 minutes of baking once the ribs are tender you can crank up the oven or alternatively you transfer the ribs to the BBQ so brown them.
Reserve any of the sauce that remains at the bottom of the baking dish. You can let people brush more onto their ribs as needed, or alternatively it is also fantastic poured onto a side dish such as cauliflower rice or veggies. The sauce is so flavourful you won’t want to let any of it go to waste.
These ribs are perfect for a weekend BBQ, game day feast or pot luck, just be sure to have lots of napkins on hand!
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- 2 racks baby back pork ribs
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos (or soy sauce if not Paleo)
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2/3 cup honey (or maple syrup)
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Preheat the oven to 120 degrees celsius (250 degrees fahrenheit)
Place the ribs meat side down on a cutting board and using a knife, slide it under the membrane covering the back of the ribs and pull it off.
In a bowl whisk together the coconut aminos, vinegar, honey, garlic and pepper.
Place a large piece of tin foil on a baking sheet or large baking dish, place the ribs, meat side down, onto the tin foil and then pour the sauce over top making sure that it coats both sides.
Fold the tin foil up over top of the ribs and pinch together the sides so that the ribs are completely encased in a tin foil "package". Place the tray in the oven and bake for 2 hours removing from the oven and basting in the sauce ever 30 minutes.
After 2 hours the ribs should be very tender. Turn the heat up to 175 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Flip the ribs over so the meat side is facing up, baste in the sauce and then leave them to cook for 15 minutes uncovered so that the meat browns on top.
Brush the ribs with more sauce before cutting into individual pieces and serving.