Preparing Award-Winning Ribs is both an art and a science and it takes years to perfect. This slab of Award-Winning Ribs will give you a head start. The key to great tasting ribs is to smoke them low and slow, meaning at a low temperature for a long period of time. We did just that when we smoked these ribs for over 3 hours at 225˚F. All that stands between you and Award-Winning Ribs is the final preparation.
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Preheat in oven then to the Grill (recommended):
  • Preheat oven to 250˚F.
  • Remove ribs from the pouch and wrap ribs in foil (this helps keep moisture in the ribs).
  • Place ribs on a baking sheet in the preheated oven for 75 – 90 minutes. Bring internal temperature of ribs to 160˚F.
  • Remove ribs from oven, remove foil.
  • Place ribs on HOT grill with bone side down and allow the heat to cook and slightly char the membrane which is found on the bone side of the ribs; your hot grill will flame kiss the ribs, that’s OK, our ribs like a hot kiss.
  • After about 120 – 180 seconds or until the bone side is bubbling, flip ribs to the meat side and brush Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy® BBQ Sauce on the BOTTOM (BONE side) of the ribs. (If you like your ribs naked, don’t add the BBQ Sauce, but do flip the ribs to the meat side).
  • Once again after about 120 – 180 seconds or until the top (meat side) is bubbling, flip ribs over so the bone side is again down. Brush Famous Dave's Rich & Sassy® on the top (meat side) of the ribs. At this time you are caramelizing the BBQ Sauce to the bone side of the ribs.
  • After about 30-60 seconds, flip back over for another 30 – 60 seconds to carmelize the sauce on the meat side of the ribs and remove.
  • Carefully cut the ribs (practice makes perfect) and serve.

Sometimes you won’t have the time or access to an oven to preheat your ribs. Don’t worry, these Award-Winning Ribs can go straight from the package to the grill.

Straight to the Grill:

  • Remove ribs from the pouch.
  • Place ribs on grill using indirect heat. If using a gas grill do not place over burner, if using charcoal have briquettes to one side, ribs on the other. The grill temp should be around 250 – 300˚F.
  • Cover Grill
  • Allow ribs to warm for 30 – 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160˚F.
  • Once ribs are at 160˚F – follow directions as outlined in previous section to finish the ribs.
At Famous Dave’s we finish all the ribs we serve on a grill to make our ribs truly Award-Winning.  At home you might not have access to a grill or time to fire it up, but you still want Award-Winning Barbecue. To make this happen we are going to finish the ribs under the broiler in your oven.

Oven only:

  • Preheat oven to 250˚F.
  • Remove ribs from the pouch and wrap ribs in foil (this helps keep moisture in the ribs). Place ribs on a baking sheet, then in a preheated oven for 75 - 90 minutes.
  • Remove ribs from oven and remove foil.
  • Turn on oven broiler to high.
  • Place ribs on broiling pan meat side down and place in oven under broiler for 3 – 5 minutes. All ovens/broilers are different and results will vary. The membrane on the ribs will heat up and break up.
  • After the membrane breaks, flip ribs to meat side and cook until ribs start to bubble: approximately 3 - 4 minutes.
  • Remove ribs from oven, bone side down, brush Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy® BBQ Sauce on meat side.
  • Return to oven and place under broiler for 2 - 3 minutes or until BBQ Sauce ‘caramelizes’ on meat (you might see it bubble on the meat).
  • Remove ribs from oven, cut and serve.

Oven only no broiler:

  • Preheat oven to 250˚F.
  • Remove ribs from the pouch and wrap ribs in foil (this helps keeps moisture in the ribs).
  • Place ribs on baking sheet, then in the preheated oven for 90 – 120 minutes. Bring internal temperature to 160˚F.
  • Remove ribs from oven, remove foil.
  • Brush Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy® BBQ Sauce on the meat side of ribs.
  • Return to oven for 5 minutes to get BBQ Sauce warm.
  • Remove ribs from oven, cut and serve.
Shhhhhh. Don’t let Dave know about this next one…
Microwave:

These Award-Winning Ribs are fully cooked. While we don’t
recommend simply heating them up in the microwave, it can be done.

  • Remove ribs from the pouch.
  • Cut the ribs before heating and place evenly on microwave safe dish – this helps provide even heating.
  • Warm on high for 2 – 3 minutes or 160˚F internal temperature.
  • Brush on Rich & Sassy® BBQ sauce and return to microwave for 20 – 30 seconds.
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