BBQ Braised Ribs are tender pork baby back ribs (aka braised short ribs) in pineapple juice and sticky bbq sauce! This pork recipe is slowly baked in the oven for the juiciest bbq ribs! The BEST tender pork ribs with all the classic barbecue flavors! 

I have a collection of my favorite braised recipes because it’s a slow hands-off method with most of its work done in the oven or pot! Our favorites are Braised Cabbage and these Braised Potatoes that are always a hit!

bbq braised short ribs from rack of baby back pork ribs

 

My mom is friends with a woman who caters for weddings and these barbecue ribs happen to be one of her specials! Wait until you get a whiff of these pork ribs baking in the oven! We love them with mashed potatoes or serve with a side of corn or slaw to complete your meat plate!

 

Braised Short Ribs

Braising is one of the most tender ways to cook ribs, and this easy recipe shows you how to get tender meat with ease! My heavy dutch-oven pot never fails to make these ribs so juicy and flavorful! I simply pop the heavy lid on top to trap that steam and liquid in! It makes one of the BEST braised pork ribs in the oven!

These BBQ braised ribs have been my top choice for BBQ rib recipes and were actually one of the recipes I posted back in 2015 when the blog began! They have been around for engagement parties, Sunday’s lunch, and many hosted dinners! I can count on these ribs whenever I want to impress guests and they’ve never turned me down! The house always smells good when these bake in the oven and my cast iron does all the cooking!

braised short ribs from pork

Meat Tenderizer

The sauce for these braised ribs is one of kind! Similar to Korean short ribs pineapple juice is the meat tenderizer you’ve been missing out on! You still get all the classic bbq flavors of ribs, only much tender meat!

The seasoning list is short because most of the flavors come from the seasoned barbecue sauce. With the help of the pineapple juice, these pork ribs don’t need many spices or special rubs, and most of all they get so tender! The meat still sticks to the bone for structure.

I know there are many short ribs recipes with beef and wine but these are like your traditional pork BBQ ribs only first braised because not everyone has an instant pot to trap all that moisture in that can make any meat tender. These ribs don’t require any stocks or cooking before the braising. It’s a must-try dish for anyone seeking delicious pork ribs basted in barbecue sauce!

I slice a full rack of ribs into individual slices and this time I cut some into 2-piece chunks too. Once the ribs have braised you baste some bbq sauce over each rib and broil over high to get those sticky finger-licking ribs!

Q&A

Baby Back Ribs vs Short Ribs

Pork ribs come in two different sizes–spare ribs or baby back ribs. Spare ribs are bigger slices of meat taken from the pork belly and typically way cheaper. Whereas, baby back ribs are much shorter, tender, and taken from around the loin muscle. Either cut of meat is great for braising and have both turned out fork tender and fall-off-the-bone delicious!

How to Braise a Full Rack of Ribs?

To preserve the whole rack of meat take a full rack of baby back ribs and place it into the pot over the sauce. The ribs will look curled. Cover with a lid and braise until tender. Remove the full rack with tongs and place it onto a sheet pan. Baste with barbecue sauce and broil over high until sticky and browned.

What Goes With Braised Ribs?

Short ribs or any rack of BBQ ribs go with these tasty sides:

  • mashed potatoes
  • coleslaw
  • fries
  • corn
  • baked beans
  • thick toast
  • fried okra
  • green beans

What Does It Mean To Braise Ribs?

Braising the ribs covered in sauce cooks the meat slowly in its fat and liquid to create a tender rack of meat. Later if you want the ribs browned you’d baste on the barbecue sauce and broil it over high to get sticky finger-licking ribs.

You want to avoid over-baking the ribs as the meat will later be fall-off-the-bone tender, which is fine ladled over a bed of mashed potatoes.

 

How Long To Braise Ribs?

You don’t want to braise ribs for too long. 6lbs of baby back pork ribs are done in an hour and a half.

When the internal temperature reaches 145°F, the ribs are done. However, that doesn’t always mean tender meat. If you want fall-off-the-bone tender ribs bringing the temperature up to 190°F or more can melt the fat and collagens, which means tender! This can take anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours + when using an oven. Other cooking appliances will differ in cooking times as a pressure cooker makes tender meat in a fraction of the time!

How To Remove the Membrane off Ribs?

Removing the filmy membrane on ribs is optional and if baking long enough it should get tender.

  • Using a sharp knife carefully peel off the membrane starting from one end.
  • Slide a knife in between the membrane and meat.
  • Pull the membrane and tear it off with a paper towel for a better grip.

Typically the membrane cooks down when braised but if it is bothersome just peel it off before placing the ribs into the dutch-oven pot.

 

Tips For Braised Ribs

  1. Use a heavy dutch oven pot with a heavy lid to trap the steam in! This makes super tender pork ribs even spare ribs!
  2. Baste the barbecue sauce on broil the short ribs over high to create sticky ribs before serving.

Tasty Sides to Braised Ribs:

 

How To Braise BBQ Ribs:

BBQ Braised Ribs

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Alyona's Cooking
BBQ Braised Ribs are tender pork baby back ribs (aka braised short ribs) in pineapple juice and sticky bbq sauce! This pork recipe is slowly baked in the oven for the juiciest bbq ribs! The BEST tender pork ribs with all the classic barbecue flavors! 

Equipment

  • 6 quart dutch-oven pot

Ingredients

Ribs:

  • 5-6 lbs baby back pork ribs (2 slabs)

BBQ Rib Sauce:

  • 1 cup bbq sauce (plus more for basting)
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

How to cook bbq ribs:

  • bbq-ribs-going-into-the-oven-sauce
    Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a heavy dutch oven pot or baking dish, whisk together all sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  • Slice the pork ribs into slices or into two-bone chunks. Toss in the bbq sauce.
  • Cover and bake 1 1/2 hours. Brush the ribs with additional bbq sauce and broil open over high for 10-15 minutes.

Notes

  • Fall-off-the-bone ribs: bake for 2 or more hours. 
  • Pineapple Juice Substitute: Dilute 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup water. 
  • To Baste: Use a sheet pan to evenly baste each rib or drain part of the liquid from the pot before basting. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 2short ribsCalories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 23gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 543mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 86IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg

 

 

 

 

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7 comments

    • Heidi

    This was the first time I have ever cooked ribs and the entire family loved them! Thanks!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      That’s wonderful, Heidi! Thanks for sharing!

    • Anna

    If I dont use the dry seasonings does it change the flavor?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Anna, you could probably omit the dry seasonings because the juice and bbq sauce should have tons of flavor on there own so I think you’ll be fine without them. But if you do use them you should not be over powered by the herbs, they blend into the sauce.

    • Anna

    This looks delicious and I cant want to make it! Can it be made in a glass pan instead of the iron pot? Thanks!

    • Anna

    This looks delicious and cant wait to try it! Would it be okay if it was baked in a glass pan instead? Or does it have to be in the cast oven? Thanks!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      You could just try to cover the dish with aluminum foil during the baking process and if you want you can try to bake uncovered towards the end to glaze/baste the ribs.

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