Take-out Tuesday, Secret Shortcuts and Oven BBQ Ribs

I must confess, sometimes I cheat a little…


yep, I am not always cooking away…


I do love to cook, but not when I’m rushed or exhausted…


which is so common for this time of year…

so I am going to share my favorite shortcut secrets with you


When you need a little motivation, think

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Don’t serve it in the foil pan, no no, I might faint!

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Grab a pretty plate, and make it look great!

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Have you ever baked ribs in the oven?


Slather both sides of a rack of ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce and season with salt and pepper.  Wrap up tightly in foil, I usually double wrap so they won’t leak~ then place them in a baking pan.  Cook at 275 for 3-4 hours or 300 for 2-3 hours.

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They will be fall off the bone tender and you simply toss the foil away! No clean up!

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If they aren’t brown enough for you slather with more sauce if needed, and stick them under the broiler for a few minutes to brown and crisp.


It’s easy to add some fresh vegetables to your plate if you pick up some veggie skewers and simply roast them on foil in the oven with a little olive oil and salt and pepper


You can cut up some potatoes and roast them along side.  Cook the potatoes, that have been tossed in olive oil and seasoned, for 30 minutes on half a foil lined baking sheet.  Then add the vegetables to the other half of baking sheet, and drizzle them with olive oil and season.  After about 15 minutes sprinkle the veggies with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes or until soft and tender.


And if you don’t rip your foil [ahem, like I did] you can simply toss it away too and dishes are done!

Here’s the recipe:


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours


  • 1/3-1/2 rack rack baby back ribs per person
  • BBQ sauce
  • S&P
  • foil


  • Season ribs on both sides and slather with sauce.
  • Wrap in foil and place meaty side up in a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Cook in slow oven, at 275 degrees for 3-4 hours, or 300 degree oven for 2-3 hours.
  • Just before serving open the foil and broil the meaty side of the ribs until sauce crisps up and gets a little crusty. This is a matter of preference, oftentimes we just skip this step and eat them!

Do you have any secret shortcuts? I would love to know!


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10 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Secret Shortcuts and Oven BBQ Ribs”
  1. Mary says:

    I love shortcuts Jenna, especially this time of year, keep ’em coming! My SIL makes ribs that way and then shows them the grill instead of the broiler at the end, but the broiler is so much easier and less messy!

  2. I’m all for foil roasting whether it’s on the grill or in the oven! I haven’t had ribs in ages… Gotta correct that:@)

  3. lulu says:

    I always have some prepared foods from Costco in the freezer for those nights when I’m not inspired to cook. Many re as good as anything I make and, as you note, make the plate attractive and the credit is all yours.

  4. Liz Mackie says:

    Super easy. Thank you.

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  5. We love most everything from Marie Callender’s and I do enjoy and occasional shortcut. I will try the over ribs as we would really love to have them year round. When I roast potatoes I love to add parsnips as well. They offer a unique flavor. I just love parsnips.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Ginger

  6. Love these little shortcuts 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  7. Alana says:

    Oh my, it looks so delicious!

  8. Shawna says:

    I really love the fact that you have short cuts! I thought I was the only one….hence packaged potatoes that I use. Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop.

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Oven Baked Ribs sound so good, I just love ribs! Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your Thanksgiving week!
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    Miz Helen

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