Photo: Rick Lew; Styling: Sara Foster
Total Time
3 Hours 40 Mins
Makes 4 servings

This recipe is handy for entertaining because the initial cooking can be done up to a day ahead. The ribs then can be quickly finished on the grill or in the oven, just before serving. Prep: 10 minutes; Bake: 3 hours; Rest: 20 minutes; Grill: 10 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Drizzle both sides of ribs with oil; sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Place on baking rack over rimmed baking sheet. Add 1 1/2 cups water to baking sheet, and cover tightly with foil. Roast 3 hours or until ribs are tender. (Meat should separate easily from bone.)

Step 2

Remove ribs from oven, and let rest at least 20 minutes.

Step 3

Brush ribs on both sides with Bill's Blackstrap Barbecue Sauce, and grill over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes per side or until heated through and slightly charred.

Step 4

Note: Ribs can also be finished in the oven. Preheat oven to 400°. Brush ribs on both sides with sauce, and place in shallow roasting pan. Add 1 cup sauce, and bake at 400° for 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce bubbles and thickens slightly. Serve with remaining sauce.

Step 5

*St. Louis-Style Ribs are spareribs with a fatty section removed from one side--easier to eat and somewhat leaner than regular spareribs.

Seasoned in the South: Recipes from Crook's Corner and from Home; Crook's Corner, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Ratings & Reviews

laurelg1's Review

June 27, 2009
I have never made ribs before but these were true to their name. They were very easy to prepare and the meat was moist, tender and falling off the bone. No forks needed. I would recommend the recipe, and the cooking method for preparing fall off the bone ribs. It doesn't get much easier.

RoRosKitchen's Review

September 06, 2010
I made this recipe for the first time and followed the directions exactly. I had a 4.5lb piece, but cut it into two parts and baked them on separate racks. I was nervous baking them for the whole 2.5 hours, but I trusted the recipe. They came out AWESOME! I also used the Ray's Sweet BBQ sauce since it is faster. Everyone raved about the ribs! They really did fall right off the bone!

Wen129's Review

July 12, 2009
Excellent! I have tried many rib recipes and this is definitely the best. I also used Sweet Baby's Rays BBQ. Very easy. Meat was fall off the bone tender, and flavorful. I finished in the oven instead of on the grill; next time I'll broil for the last few minutes to crisp them up. Absolutely will make again.

burk9044's Review

December 19, 2011

mary327's Review

February 03, 2013

Tillie's Review

January 04, 2009
The best ribs we've ever eaten. The recipe was easy, but it does involve several hours to cook. It was worth the wait. I served green beans and carrots cooked in butter and onion. I couldn't find Bill's Blackstrap BBQ sauce, so I used Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ sauce instead.