Is it barbeque if you make it in the oven? I won’t make that decision. Barbeque is one of those American cuisines that can be as divisive as it is unifying. Most of us love a juicy piece of meat slathered in sauce or crusted in dry rub, but we all have opinions on how it should be done. So, if you think baking ribs in the oven is not barbeque, don’t call this barbeque. Call it cheating.
These ribs are both dry rubbed and sauced over the course of what can be a four hour prep time. I like to take the ribs out of my fridge about an hour before I apply the dry rub to allow them to come to temperature, and then let the dry rub sit for another forty-five minutes to an hour on the meat before cooking.
The sauce we put together is very vinegar forward, so I would not recommend it for anything other than slathering the ribs. The sourness of the sauce is best employed as a glaze coating on the ribs. It will seem like too much when you taste it independently.