BBQ ribs with dry rub

Warning: Recipe photo may cause salivation and final meal may result in meat sweats.

I'm not a huge meat eater. I tend to stick to poultry and fish, but I love me some good baby back ribs!! Sprouts has ribs on sale quite often, so I decided to buy some and stuck them in the freezer for a night when I actually had some time. These take very little prep, but they do need to bake for 2 1/2 hours, so you'll need to make them when you have some time on your hands. The dry rub I use is so delicious and really adds a ton of flavor to the ribs, so don't skip it! My favorite BBQ sauce is by Organic Ville.

It's made with agave, so it's Paleo friendly and suuuuper delicious!! I love BBQ sauce that's the perfect balance of sweet yet smoky and this is definitely it. Make sure when you're buying BBQ sauce to check the labels. If you can't find Organic Ville at your local grocery store, make sure to buy one that doesn't include corn syrup. It amazes me how many sauces' very first ingredient is corn syrup!! It's so easy to get the same great flavor with better for you ingredients. You'll want to remove the membrane from the rack of ribs (this is on the underside of the ribs) by sliding a dinner knife under the membrane but over the bone on one end. You'll want to lift and loosen the membrane until it tears. Then use a paper towel to pull off the membrane from the entire underside.

The meat on these ribs literally falls off the bone. I'm salivating as I'm typing this just thinking about them, wishing I had another rack to eat right now. I paired them with my Cajun parsnip fries that I posted last week, and served it all with some more BBQ sauce, because I could literally drink the stuff it's that good.

Ingredients:

2 lbs baby back ribs (serves about 2 people)

1 tablespoon dry rub, recipe below

1/2 cup BBQ sauce

dry rub:

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp onion powder

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 300°F

- Mix dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl

- Remove the membrane from the ribs

- Sprinkle dry rub on all sides of the ribs to coat well (you may need a little more than 1 T depending on the size of your rack)

- Cut aluminum foil large enough to fold over and fully enclose the ribs and place on a cookie sheet with edges to catch any drippings

- Place ribs on top of foil and pour BBQ sauce over ribs (you can add more if the rack isn't fully coated)

- Fold aluminum foil over and make sure ends are closed and you form a packet around the ribs

- Place baking sheet with ribs in the oven and bake for 2 1/2 hours

- (Optional) add a little more BBQ sauce just before serving. I LOVE BBQ sauce, so this totally isn't necessary, but if you love the stuff as much as I do.. pour it on baby!

Enjoy!!!

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