If you’re looking for a show-stopping rib recipe for your next big summer barbecue or cookout, look no further than this oven-baked smoked pork rib recipe. Smoking then baking ribs yields meltingly tender, deeply flavored ribs that are incredibly satisfying to eat—moist and meaty, with a texture that’s tender but not falling off the bone. To make them, begin with a dry rub of warm red spices and gochugaru (Korean red chile flakes), which adds peppery heat that’s the perfect partner for the natural sweetness of pork.The ribs start over a two-zone charcoal fire perfumed with a few wood chunks. After the ribs have absorbed a couple of hours of smoke, they’re wrapped in foil and parchment and finished in the oven, where the low heat allows the meat to gently braise in the seasoned juices. These ribs are perfect for barbecues, delicious eaten out of hand with hot sauce or a touch of barbecue sauce, but great on their own, too. This Memphis-style rib recipe relies on St. Louis–style spareribs, but the method works for any rack.
Wrapping the ribs in foil and parchment paper ensures the perfect texture: tender, but not falling off the bone. These ribs are perfect for eating out of hand with hot sauce or a touch of barbecue sauce, but they’re so moist that they’re great on their own, too.