How to Make Ribs in an Old Roaster Oven

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Roaster ovens create tender ribs.
Roaster ovens create tender ribs. (Image: ribs with green beans image by jovica antoski from Fotolia.com)

You can bake ribs in a conventional oven or grill them on a charcoal or gas grill. To get tender, juicy ribs, many cooks prefer a slow cooking method. Roaster ovens provide this slow-cooked tenderness using a low temperature setting. Choose your favorite barbecue sauce, either bottled or your own homemade recipe, to add the final touch to your rib recipe.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 to 4 lbs spareribs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • Bottle of prepared barbecue sauce

Place the cooking pan in the roaster. Preheat the roaster to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rinse the ribs and pat dry.

Rub the ribs with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Place the rack in the preheated roaster.

Place the ribs on the roaster rack with the ribs facing up.

Add the chopped onion. Pour the water around the ribs.

Cover and cook for approximately 7 to 8 hours, until meat is tender.

Remove the rack with the ribs. Set aside.

Remove the cook pan from the roaster. Pour off the liquid and clean the cook pan. Return it to the roaster.

Return the heat to 225 degrees.

Return the rack with the ribs to the roaster.

Pour bottled barbecue sauce over the ribs.

Replace the lid. Roast the ribs for an additional hour until the edges begin to brown and the sauce is set.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prepare your own barbecue sauce recipe if desired.
  • Use oven mitts when handling the hot cook pan, rack and roaster lid.
  • Check internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure the meat is thoroughly cooked.

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