Whenever we think of making ribs, we love the idea, but the long prep and cooking process is anything but appealing. Luckily, we came across this simple sweet and sour rib recipe courtesy of The Nourishing Gourmet. The cooking process doesn’t involve a barbecue — merely pop the ribs in the oven, slather with your homemade sauce, and ta-da, you’ve got yourself a sweet (and slightly sour) meal.

1 onion
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced or put through a garlic press
2 tablespoons coconut oil, lard, tallow, olive oil, or fat of choice
2 cups of ketchup (use a brand that doesn’t use corn syrup)
3/4 cup of whole cane sugar (rapadura, sucanat, or coconut sugar)
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
About 5 pounds of beef back ribs

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the ribs single layer on jelly roll pans, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Cook for 1 hour in the middle of the oven.

2. Meanwhile make the sauce: In a large saucepan, heat the oil/fat until hot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sprinkle with a little salt. Sauté until soft, adding garlic in the last minute or two of cooking.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring once in a while

4. When the hour is done for the ribs, take out of the oven and cut into individual ribs (if you used two pans, you can now probably fit all of the ribs onto one sheet at this point). Pour the sauce over all of the ribs, turning to coat them well. Cook for another 30 minutes.

Once you try making these delicious (and messy!) ribs, let us know in the comment section below how your family received this all-time fave recipe. 

This recipe comes to us courtesy of one of our favorite food blogs for moms, The Nourishing Gourmet. Check out more from our friends at the Nourishing Gourmet by clicking here.