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
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 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)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Lay onions on the top, cover with aluminum foil, and bake, covered, for 2-2.5 hours.
  5. 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.
  6. Enjoy!

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