Friday, July 2, 2010

Airport Ribs

Don't know if I've ever posted this recipe on my blog so here goes. 

First the story behind the name. 
Many years ago my husband was flying in from somewhere and I decided to have a big rack of ribs waiting to feast on when he arrrived home.  I planned and organized the whole day  so the ribs would go into the oven right before heading out the door to pick him up at the airport.   The table was set, the potato salad chilling, and the baked beans were hot. 

As I circled and circled the airport arrivals, slowing down as I looked for his face, I realized his flight must have been delayed.  This was before cell phones folks; do you even remember what life was like back then?

Since I had all the kidlets in the car, the last thing I wanted to do was park, drag them all inside to look at the arrival screens.  So I headed home which is only 15 minutes away to call and check on the flight.  Yep, I confirmed its delay, and an hour later headed back to the airport to retrieve my husband. 

Driving to the airport take two.   "Oh, no the ribs!  They're still in the oven!,"  I shrieked.  Oh well, they could be burnt beyond belief, but there was nothing I could do about it until I got back home. 

Scooping up the hubs I headed back home to find the most delicious, tender, juicy, scrumptious ribs I'd ever had in my life.  Remember I grew up in Oklahoma and have lived and feasted all over the US from California to Nashville.  I've tried other recipes to no avail.  They're just complicated and time wasting.  Seriously the whole family loves my ribs and requests "Airport Ribs" for birthday dinners and July holidays.  I make them the same way everytime and they're always DE-LISH. 

Make 'em soon!

Airport Ribs

What you'll need: 
  • Several racks of baby back ribs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • A grill
  • An oven

Salt and pepper the ribs on both sides.  Grill briefly just for nice grill marks and flavor. Don't worry if they're not fully cooked, just 10-15 minutes is all you need on the grill.

Bring them inside and place on cookie sheets, or some kind of baking pan with sides to hold the yummy sauce.  Sauce those ribs.  Cover with non-stick foil and place in a low oven 275-300 degrees for at least 3 hours.  Enjoy! 

Let me know if you try them and send reports from those you served. 


"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the cornfield."
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President, 1890-1969

1 comment:

Renna said...

Dana, would you believe, I live in Texas, and yet I've never cooked ribs? I seriously thought there was so much more to it than that! You've really taken the mystery out of it for me, and I definitely plan to make them soon.

I love the cute story, too. It's fun to attach stories to foods and recipes, makes them so much more interesting to pass down in the family. :-)