I made bbq ribs in the oven tonight for the first time ever. They turned out so tender and juicy and messy and all those good things that ribs are suppose to be. I made a simple rub for the ribs that included brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, dried mustard, chili powder and a few other ingredients that I can't remember off the top of my head. I got a large pan and filled it halfway with water then place a rack over the top. The ribs were set on the rack, tightly covered with tin foil then placed in a 225' oven for about 4 hours. At that point I removed the foil and slathered bbq sauce all over them and put the pan back in the oven for another hour. OMG!! Fantastic! (sorry I don't have a picture but they just looked like all those other ribs with bbq sauce on them!)
To accompany the ribs I made some corn and what's called Raw Fries. Very simple recipe...you peel about 5 or 6. medium potatoes. Thinly slice them and an onion. Fry it all in a pan with butter and oil, salt and pepper. Oh...cover the pan for the first 15 or 20 mins then remove the lid and continue cooking until browned...flipping once. I've been making these potatoes occasionally for about 15 years. Its one of my husbands favorites. I figured...ribs, favorite potatoes...I'm batting 1000. He didn't eat until about 8:00 pm. No biggy. I asked him how the ribs were (new recipe...need an opinion. my youngest daughter won't eat them because they aren't "healthy", my oldest is at work). His response was...."They're ok...they're ribs" (shrug). During the summer when he bbq'd ribs in foil directly on the hot coals in the grill for only 30 minutes, he thought ribs were great!! (btw, which ever idiot told him about THAT method needs to be smacked upside the head....seriously) Next he looked at the potatoes and proceeded to comment..."We're having hash browns with them??" huh? I'm ready to bang my head against the wall now. He said he had no idea what potatoes I had made and doesn't remember ever eating them before. Did he have a frontal lobotomy when I wasn't looking? WTF?!!