The Best Way to Cook Ribs, Hog Butcher Style

The Best Way to Cook Ribs, Hog Butcher Style
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Hog Butcher Style is a classic method of preparing ribs that originates from Crossville, Tennessee. This cooking technique has been passed down through generations and is a surefire way to get perfect ribs every time. 

What You’ll Need

Cooking ribs can be a bit of a process, so make sure you have all the necessary ingredients before you begin. You will need a full slab of pork ribs. You will also need vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, salt, and ground black pepper. You’ll need a large shallow roasting pan or baking dish with a lid, as well as aluminum foil. Finally, you’ll need a sauce for basting and for serving on the side.

Step One: Preparing the Ribs

The first step in cooking ribs is preparing them. Start by trimming away any excess fat and membranes from the ribs, then rinse them off with cold water and pat them dry. You may choose to season the ribs before cooking them, but this is entirely optional. If you do season the ribs, use a combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and other herbs and spices of your choice.

Once you have prepped the ribs, place them in a shallow roasting pan with 1/4 inch of water. Cover the pan tightly with foil and then place it in a preheated 350-degree F oven. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the ribs are cooked through. Once cooled, cut the ribs into individual sections, if desired. Your ribs are now ready for the next step in cooking!

Step Two: Cooking the Ribs

Now it’s time to start cooking your ribs! Here are the basics of how to cook ribs, hog butcher Crossville style. First, preheat your oven to 300°F. Place your rack of ribs on a large baking sheet and sprinkle with a generous amount of seasoning. Make sure to season both sides of the ribs. Next, place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the ribs for approximately 2 hours. While the ribs are baking, you can prepare a basting liquid. To make the basting liquid, mix together equal parts of apple cider vinegar, honey, and water. After 2 hours have elapsed, remove the ribs from the oven and generously brush them with the basting liquid. Return the ribs to the oven and bake for an additional hour, basting every 15 minutes. 

Once the ribs are cooked through and tender, remove them from the oven and let them rest for 10 minutes before serving. 

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