Cooking ribs is easier than you think. You don’t have to start preparing them the night before or cook them all night. End to end you can have ribs ready to eat in less than 3 hours, or if you are cooking a larger batch maybe 4 or 5.
In this method of easily cooking ribs you start with a rub, which helps to break down the connective tissue in the meat. You then braise them in the oven until tender and finish them on the grill.
[print_this]The Quickest and Easiest Way to Cook Ribs
Remove the ribs from the packaging and rinse under water. Though it is unnecessary, I have occasionally found bone shards in my ribs and giving them a rinse helps to dislodge and bone stuck to the meat. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
Next, remove the membrane on the back of the ribs. Removing this membrane will result in more tender ribs which are easier to eat. You can do this by tucking you knife under the edge of your ribs and pulling the membrane away. Once you can get your fingers in there you can usually pull it off in one big piece. I actually find using a wooden skewer is the easiest way to get it started.
Once removed, very gently score the back of the ribs with a knife in a 1″ diagonal pattern. you only need to barely penetrate the flesh. If you see any excess fat trim it off quickly, but there is no need to fuss. Place in a large baking dish that can fit the rack (or racks) more a less flat. Cover with the rub of your choice, and really rub it in evenly. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and put in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat your oven to 300F. Once the oven is hot remove the ribs from the fridge and add 1/4 cup of your braising liquid( I like beer or white wine). Cover back up with aluminum foil and put in the oven. Bake for 90 minutes and check to see if they are tender. If not, return to the oven and check every 30 minutes. With only one rack 2 hours may be enough.
Remove from the liquid. When you are ready to eat, heat your grill to medium high and grease it. Coat your ribs in the barbecue sauce and grill on both sides, brushing with sauce to keep moist. Serve to happy guests.