The Side Dish
I'll be serving my baby-back ribs with sweet and savory sweet potatoes. Until about a month ago I hated sweet potatoes, but suddenly I've become obsessed! Especially with this recipe.
I get tonight's meal started with the steaming of the ribs.
Baby-Back Pork Ribs
Total Time: 65 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 60 minutes
What you'll need
1 slab baby-back pork ribs
2 cups barbecue sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Peel off the membrane from the bottom of the ribs ( * Tip -- you can ask your butcher to do this when you purchase the ribs and often times they will).
3. Place rib slab in a roasting plan. Fill pan with water until about half the rib cage is submerged.
4. Place ribs in the oven. Cook for 1 hour.
5. Remove ribs from the oven and stick a fork in the meat to check if they are done. If fork goes in easily the ribs are done. If not, put ribs back in the oven for another fifteen minutes. Continue with the fork test until ribs are cooked through.
6. Coat ribs with barbecue sauce (if you made my barbecue chicken recipe you should already have leftover sauce); serve.
* Tip -- If you want to make the outer skin a little crispier you can also throw the ribs on the grill for about 5 minutes after you remove them from the oven.
Funny story about ribs
The first time I made ribs it was a complete disaster. I didn't cook them long enough nor did I remove the membrane all the way, and they were tough (tough in texture and tough to eat). My husband was very sweet about it though, and tried to act like he liked them. I finally spoke up and said "these are awful," and he looked at me with an 'oh thank god, does this mean I can stop eating these now' face. Much to his relief, the ribs ended up in the garbage.
After a bit of practice, and some advice from my Dad, I finally got this recipe and cook time down, so hopefully you won't suffer the same fate.
Ok, back to the meal. While the ribs are steaming in the oven I make the sweet potatoes.
Total Time: 40 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
What you'll need
1 sweet potato
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
*Note -- 1 sweet potato will generously serve two, which makes this side dish extremely easy on your wallet!
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Peel off the outer skin and cut sweet potato in half length wise. One half will be used for the sweet seasoning and the other half will be used for the savory seasoning.
3. Dice sweet potato into small cubes.
4. Tear off two 12-inch sheets of aluminum foil. Place half of cubed sweet potatoes on each sheet of aluminum foil.
5. Fold up foil to create a foil packet. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter to each packet.
6. Sprinkle one packet with seasoned salt and the other with brown sugar. Mix well. Close up foil to seal in potatoes.
7. Place each packet in the oven for about thirty minutes. Remove potatoes once they are soft and cooked through.
8. Either mix the potatoes together or serve separately.
Once the ribs are steamed and the potatoes are cooked, dinner is served. Enjoy!