Cooking on the Edge: Boneless barbecue pork ribs

Assistant Editor

The weather may be cool outside, but love is in the air, and with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time once again for lovers–young and old–to consider how they will spend that day with their special someone. Though there are many great restaurants for a date, a homemade meal comes straight from the heart, and nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like barbecue ribs.


Boneless Pork Ribs

For pork rub

3 tbs. brown sugar
2 tsp. chipotle chili pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. ground paprika
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. salt

For sauce

1½ cups beef broth
1 cup ketchup
½ small onion, finely chopped
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce


1. In a small bowl, combine pork rub ingredients and mix well with a whisk until thoroughly blended. Wash ribs thoroughly, pat dry and apply rub on all sides. Place ribs in a resealable freezer bag and refrigerate for 24-48 hrs.
2. Remove ribs from bag and place on a rack in a nonstick 9 in. x 13 in. roaster pan. Fill bottom of roaster pan with water (to help seal in moisture) and cook at 325° for 2 hours or until tender.
3. Remove ribs from roaster pan and place on an indoor grill for 8-10 min. or until browned.
4. Meanwhile, in a small pot, add barbecue sauce ingredients, stir well and warm for 5-10 minutes. Pour over ribs (preferably after they have left the grill) and serve.

For an outdoor grill, place ribs over medium heat for 8-10 min., turning occasionally, using barbecue sauce mixture as a baste. Here are just a few suggested sides from Taste of Home that compliment my ribs well.

Country Baked Beans

Grandma’s Potato Salad

Remember, a dash of love, that special someone and some barbecue ribs is a great recipe for a perfect Valentine’s Day.

Bon appétit.