This is my favorite type of recipe: simple, delicious, and utterly flexible.
I like to use boneless beef short ribs or country-style pork ribs, as they both have a higher meat:bone ratio than spare ribs. Once you have your meat, all you have to do is season it, slice some onion (optional, but I like it), toss it in the sauce of your choice, cover, and bake for a few hours. Minimal mess, minimal effort, and maximal flavor.
Here’s what you need:
- Beef or pork ribs (as many as you want, I normally use about 1.5-3# to get enough meals for 3 days for me or me+Michael)
- Garlic powder
- Sauce of choice (I’ve done this with a homemade ketchup-based BBQ sauce on beef short ribs and a local mustard-based sauce on pork. As long as you have a sauce you like, it will be great! If you’re on the Whole Life Challenge or maintaining strict paleo, try this recipe from Civilized Caveman for a compliant sauce.)
- 1 onion, sliced (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Lay ribs in a baking dish large enough so that they aren’t excessively crowded. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (and a little cayenne here if you’re feeling spicy! Or anything else you like).
- Pour on sauce and toss to coat. You can use as much or as little as you like here. I like to give them a coating and then add additional sauce later on if I want them saucier.
- Lay onions on the top, cover with aluminum foil, and bake, covered, for 2-2.5 hours.
- After 2-2.5 hours, remove foil and check for tenderness. If not as tender as you would like, recover and cook a little longer. If at desired tenderness, remove foil, and bake another 20-30 minutes to brown the tops.