Last week I posted a quick recipe and technique to utilize while your oven is heating up and this week I thought I’d share a post pizza party, oven cool down recipe for St. Louis BBQ ribs. The residual heat after an evening of cooking pizzas provides a great opportunity to utilize your Forno Bravo oven for a smoky slow roast. While there are countless rubs and marinades for ribs out there in the community, this is the one, that over the years family and friends have come to love the best.
2 racks St. Louis Pork Ribs
1 cup Ancho Chili Powder
¼ cup Brown Sugar
1 tblspn Mustard Powder
1 tblspn Cracked Black Pepper
1 tblspn Kosher Salt
½ tblspn Garlic Powder
1 cup Apple Cider
In a small mixing bowl combine the chili powder, brown sugar, mustard powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder and mix with a spoon until incorporated.
Rinse the pork ribs with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Place ribs on a work surface / sheet tray and using your hands gently rub and massage the spice mixture into both sides of the ribs. Place ribs into the refrigerator and let sit for 4-6 hours. If you feel organized and plan ahead the ribs can be rubbed down the day prior and let stand overnight.
Remove ribs from refrigeration about 30-40 minutes prior to cooking allowing then to temper to room temperature. Place one rack on a large sheet of aluminum foil and fold up the edges around the rack. Add ½ cup of apple cider, and wrap the aluminum foil to cover, leaving a few small gaps open so that smoke is allowed in and repeat for the remaining rib rack.
In this method we are cooking the ribs at a higher temperature for a shorter time than a traditional slow smoke. The addition of the apple cider will assist in braising the meat, making it tender and juice in a shorter time. You can choose to wait the additional time to let the temperature of your oven to drop 200 – 300 degrees and let the ribs go much longer approximately 6 hours.
Place the ribs on a Tuscan grill so that they do not rest on the hearth and air and smoke can circulate the meat. Close the door of your oven so that the remaining coals snuff out and add smoke the meat.
Once the ribs are fork tender, about 3.5 hours at 600 degrees, peel away the foil to expose the meat, transfer to a sheet pan and brush with your favorite bbq sauce on both sides and return to the oven for an additional 15 -20 minutes. Enjoy as a midnight snack or cool ribs overnight in the refrigerator and heat up the next day for a BBQ dinner. Until next week … Feast well – Chef Bart