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Baked riblets in the oven give you tender riblets with your favorite bbq sauce glazed across the top. I’ll show you exactly how to do it!
Pork riblets are a simple cut that is removed from the rack of the ribs and sold for a cheaper price.
Yet, they still have meat that can be cooked to fall off the bone tender. They aren’t naturally as flavorful as the rack itself but we have ways of fixing that.
Baked riblets in the oven will be great for a quick dinner that’s easy to make.
How To Make Baked Riblets In The Oven
- Pork riblets (you could also use spare tips as well)
- Seasoning mix (listed below)
- Chicken broth
- Liquid smoke
- Barbecue sauce
Helpful tips before starting
- I’ve created sauces like for my chicken wings. But, for this keeping it simple is best. So, any store bought barbecue sauce will get the job done.
- I like to use my own seasoning but there are some great rubs options. Killer Hogs seasoning needs a little help so light salt and pepper go a long way with the flavor but I like it. If you choose to use a rub you’ve never used before and are not sure how salty it is I would skip the salt and add in later if you need it.
Making the baked riblets in the oven
- Preheat the oven to 275F.
- Remove the riblets from the pack and season with the seasoning mix. Cover them heavy because some seasoning will fall off in the liquid.
- Place the riblets in a 16×9 baking dish with chicken broth and liquid smoke in the bottom. Make sure all the ribs are touching the bottom of the dish.
- Bake for one and a half hour covered. Remove the ribs and place on a line baking sheet.
- Brush the ribs with barbecue sauce well on both sides. Carefully because they will be hot.
- Then, place them back in the oven for 20-30 minutes allowing the barbecue sauce to get sticky and glaze. Allow the ribs to cool a bit before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What temperature do you cook pork riblets to?
This will vary but a good rule is 190-200F for pork. That goes for pulled pork and any ribs you cook. That’s the temperature where the meats becomes tender but not mushy.
What’s the difference between pork ribs and riblets?
The pork ribs and the riblets all come from the rib cage of the pig*. If you were to ever go to a butcher you could see how they separate the spare ribs and the baby back ribs. The riblets come from the spare rib portion when you cut them down to St.Louis style which removes the rib tips and riblets.
What to serve with baked riblets in the oven?
- Greek Quinoa Salad
- Cucumber Salad
- Crockpot Funeral Potatoes
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