Oven Baked Cajun Sticky Ribs

These full-flavored ribs get marinated overnight with a Southern-inspired rub, then they get baked in the oven and then are finished by being slathered with a basting sauce until they are juicy and tender. The hard part is waiting for a few minutes after they come out of the oven before slicing them, but just wait for another 10 minutes — your slicing will be easier and cleaner.

Cooking Ribs in the Oven

Baking ribs in the oven is so easy. Basically, unless there is a glaze or sauce on them that contains sugar, they can be left alone. And if you are going to finish them with a glaze or sauce, you want to do that at the end so they don’t get charred on the outside, or even too browned before they are cooked through. So the first part of the baking is with the rib either just lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, or with a rub that doesn’t have a sticky sugary ingredient aspect to it.

Oven Baked Cajun Sticky Ribs

Then once the ribs are almost done, you baste them with your sauce and finish them in the oven. If when they are done you want to give them even a bit more browning or caramelization, then run them under the broiler for a minute or two, watching carefully.

The Option of Finishing the Ribs on the Grill

You can definitely finish them on the grill if you prefer, and have access to a grill. If you do that you can make them ahead up to the point of grilling, which is nice for a party or just if you want to get a head start on dinner. Before the ribs are finished with the first stage of baking (before they get basted with the sauce), preheat a gas grill to low, or prepare a charcoal grill for indirect grilling.

These full-flavored ribs are marinated with a Southern-inspired rub, then baked in the oven and slathered with a basting sauce until they are juicy and tender.

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Oven Baked Cajun Sticky Ribs

Cook them on the grill, turning every 5 minutes or so, and making sure they are nicely sauced, for another half an hour, until the meat is very tender. Watch carefully that the sauce doesn’t start to burn, adjusting the heat as needed.

Oven Baked Cajun Sticky Ribs

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Oven Baked Cajun Sticky Ribs

These full-flavored ribs are marinated with a Southern-inspired rub, then baked in the oven and slathered with a basting sauce until they are juicy and tender.
Yield: 8 People
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes

Ingredients

For the Ribs

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 slabs pork baby back spareribs

For the Basting Sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 scallions trimmed and chopped, white and green parts
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon coarse or kosher salt

Directions

  • In a small bowl mix together the paprika, salt, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Remove the membranes from the bone side of all of the racks of ribs using a sharp knife and peeling the membrane off. Rub the seasoning all over the ribs. Place the ribs in a container or a bowl, loosely covered, and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.
  • Before you’re ready to cook the ribs, make the basting sauce. In a medium saucepan combine the garlic, scallions, ketchup, molasses, butter, vinegar, mustard, or hot sauce and stir over medium heat until the butter is melted. Let simmer for another 15 minutes or so. You can make this ahead of time and reheat.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil. Place the ribs bone side down in a roasting pan and pour 1 cup of water into each pan. Roast until the meat starts to pull away from the bones, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the pans from the oven and drain off any remaining water. Baste the ribs generously with the sauce. Baste them on all sides with the sauce and bake for another 1/2 hour in the oven, bone side down. You can put them under the broiler for the last 2 minutes or so to give them a nicely caramelized top (watch them carefully so they don’t burn!).
  • Let the rib racks sit for 10 minutes before cutting them into individual ribs and serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1755mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1361IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg

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