You do not need to spend money on a smoker to have delicious ribs at home.
I live in Kansas City, which is The Barbecue Capital of the World. (I said what I said.) Everyone and their mother has a smoker, a dry rub recipe, a BBQ sauce recipe, and at least one person in their social circle that has had a BBQ team compete in a competition or two. Because I was a chef for so long, I know many teams that have competed in the American Royal. I haven't ever, but I do enjoy the fanfare that comes along with it. I enjoy how the city comes alive. I also enjoy how much the citizens of this city are willing to throw down for their favorite BBQ place.
Naturally, it would only be a matter of time before I came up with a recipe of my own. Like many, I wanted something unique. The only trouble is that I didn't want anything that was unique just for the sake of being different. Cooking is a way of communicating your own point of view, a way to voice yourself without saying a word. When you stand in the kitchen, ready to cook, the thing you should ask yourself is:
"What do you feel like saying?"
If you're unsure yet, feel free to use my favorite dry rub recipe as a jumping-off point until you decide for yourself what you want. I hope you'll hear what I'm saying in this recipe, which is a favorite of both my husband and my son. I made this because I don't have a smoker in my backyard and I love the idea of having ribs when all I have is an oven. I believe you shouldn't need specialty equipment to enjoy good food. Join me!
Mommy's Favorite Oven Ribs
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 3 Tbsp kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp whole coriander
- 10 whole spiceberries
- 1 dried chili
- 1 Chinese long pepper
- 1 Tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp dried mint leaves
- 1 rack of St. Louis pork ribs