Easy Boneless Baked Pork Ribs recipe, with barbecue sauce flavor, comes together in just over 30 minutes. Recipe uses loin cut country style pork ribs. Excellent paired with a Napa Valley Merlot. Disclosure: The wine described in this article was provided as a complimentary sample from the winery.
This might be my first two ingredient recipe on Cooking Chat! Ok, technically four ingredients counting a bit of olive oil and pinch of salt.
All it takes to put this boneless baked pork ribs recipe together is some ribs and your favorite barbecue sauce!
Our son loves BBQ ribs — he looks forward to ordering them at Canobie Lake Park every year. He’s been asking me to try to make some at home, so it was about time I got on that project!
We still had some good Merlot waiting in the wings for the right food match, so this past weekend we were ready to put together some BBQ baked pork ribs with Merlot for an easy Sunday supper.
How to make Boneless Baked Pork Ribs
While the ingredients are simple, there are some things to get straight when you are looking to make boneless baked pork ribs.
If you want to know how to cook boneless pork ribs in the oven fast, the key is what type of pork ribs you buy.
I was all ready to make a slowly cooked country-style pork ribs dish, looking at this recipe from Baking Mischief.
In researching for this cooking project, I noted the wide range of cooking times in the baked pork ribs recipes I came across. The Baking Mischief post explained that they were using country-style pork ribs cut from the pork shoulder, which is what we use for pulled pork made in the slow cooker.
I figured the faster cooking baked pork ribs recipes must be using a different kind of pork. With that at the back of my mind, when I asked for the boneless country style pork ribs at Whole Foods, I figured I should ask if it was cut from pork shoulder.
Glad I did! The Whole Foods country style ribs, at least at our local store, are cut from the pork loin. That’s a leaner cut of pork, often used for pork shoulders. Cooking this cut for 3 hours on low heat would not be good! Chatting with the butcher about this set me straight, and I was ready to make some faster cooking baked pork ribs.
Peju Merlot with Baked Pork Ribs
I definitely was planning to open one of the Merlots we had on hand to go with the baked pork ribs. I decided to go with the 2014 Peju Napa Valley Merlot ($42, 15.3% ABV), in part because I thought this BBQ flavored meat dish would stand up to the relatively higher alcohol content of this Napa Merlot.
The Peju Merlot has raspberry on the nose, and cherry fruit and notes of vanilla on the palate. There’s an elegance on the finish of this Merlot, and I really wouldn’t have guessed that the ABV was over 15%.
The Peju Merlot is a pleasure to sip on its own, and also pairs very well with the baked pork ribs. The tannins and structure help it stand up to the meat, and there are enough subtle spice and herb notes to play along nicely with the BBQ sauce. An excellent pairing!
Peju reports the 2014 growing season featured excellent growing conditions, and the quality of the fruit definitely comes forth in this Merlot.
This Merlot is comprised of 97% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged for 18 months, 60% French Oak and 40% American, 40% new oak.
Peju is based in the Rutherford district of Napa Valley. The Peju Merlot comes from the certified organic Rutherford vineyard, and the sustainably farmed Persephone Ranch.
For more on the winery, visit the Peju website.Print
Boneless Baked Pork Ribs with #MerlotMe Wine
An easy recipe for boneless baked pork ribs, using country style ribs cut from the pork loin. Cooks quickly and is delicious with a good glass of Merlot
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 35 mins
- Yield: 5 servings
- Category: Main
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: American
- 1 1/2 lbs country style loin cut pork ribs
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce, plus extra for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Rinse and pat dry the pork ribs. Place the ribs in a baking dish. Brush the ribs with olive oil and sprinkle the salt over the ribs. Let the ribs sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes.
- Place ribs in the oven to bake. After 15 minutes, remove the ribs, and brush with the barbecue sauce. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
- After minutes total baking time, the pork ribs should be done. Remove from oven, and check for doneness.
- Plate the ribs and serve with a good glass of Merlot! Pass extra BBQ sauce at the table.
- This quick cooking boneless ribs recipe uses country style pork ribs cut from the pork loin. If you are using country style ribs from the pork shoulder, you will want to cook much differently–significantly longer cooking time and lower heat.
Keywords: ribs, pork ribs, country style ribs, boneless pork ribs, Merlot