Cooking boneless pork ribs is not easy, but it is one of the most rewarding and delicious ways to give a little highlight to your week. But while the process is multi-faceted, it is hardly complex. The main thing you need for cooking boneless pork ribs to perfection is time, and patience.
Besides time and patience, there will be a few articles of kitchenware that you will need too:
- A nonstick pan
- An oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
You also have the option of making use of:
- A butter brush
- A mixing bowl
How to Cook Boneless Pork Ribs
To start with, you will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You can actually cook boneless pork ribs at 400 degrees if you want, but most people will be cooking them from frozen. The rule of thumb for cooking any meat that has been frozen is to cook it low and slow.
While your oven is preheating you will want to prepare your meat. If your meat is frozen, fill a mixing bowl with cold water, place the meat inside, and then let it thaw. Thawing meat can take quite a while, so you should probably do that throughout the day rather than as the oven is preheating.
If your meat is not frozen, then you can clean the meat while the oven preheats. Obviously, cleaning the meat can cleanse it of any bacteria that may be on the surface of it, but another good reason to clean your meat is because the act of cleaning it tenderizes it.
Once your meat is clean or thawed and your oven preheated, make sure it is in as few distinct pieces as possible. You do not have to mince it, but the smaller the pieces the easier they will cook. Then, arrange these pieces on a piece of foil on top of your nonstick pan.
The way your meat should be organized is like this: There should be a layer of foil on the bottom, with your meat placed on top of that. Then, another layer of foil should cover the meat. In short, you do not need to wrap up every piece of meat. Just keep them covered.
After your ribs are thawed, washed, covered, and your oven is preheated, just place them on the center rack and wait. If the meat is frozen it will take about two to three hours to cook. But if it is just chilled from the fridge, it will only take about thirty minutes.
While flavor is important, you have to remember that the whole point of cooking your food is to make it safe to eat. Cooking food kills the bacteria that is both on it and in it. If your food is not cooked all the way through, it can make you terribly sick in a few worrying ways.
Consult this guide for how hot the internal temperature of your boneless pork ribs should be. And remember, internal temperature is very different from surface temperature. This is why you should not set your oven too high: You do not want the surface to get hot faster than the inside.
Below 145 degrees Fahrenheit
Meat with an internal temperature below this level is inedible. There is a risk of salmonella and a guarantee of food poisoning.
Above 165 degrees Fahrenheit
This is the temperature at which your meat is the safest. Your meat only has to be above 145 degrees, but this temperature means that your measurement can be off center and still safe.
Around 190 degrees Fahrenheit
Boneless pork ribs are ideal at this temperature. This is the temperature at which the juices really flow from the fats of the ribs, which is where all the flavor comes from.
Can Boneless Pork Ribs be Seasoned?
It is easy to think of pork seasoning as the exclusive territory of huge thanksgiving hams, but one of the great things about cooking boneless pork ribs is that they take seasoning better than most pork cuts. This is because of their size, their tenderness, and the way they are cooked.
How are Boneless Pork Ribs Seasoned?
The reason why pork is generally seasoned with very specific seasonings is because it is so much more absorbent than other meats. That means you need really thick seasonings in order to season it well. Remember that butter brush from earlier? It all starts with getting one of those
The most common way of seasoning pork ribs is by mixing butter with honey to give it that “honey glazed ham” taste. But you can also mix the thick honey with barbeque sauce to give it a more savory taste. If you are in the mood for something spicy, mix milk with curry powder.
Whatever you mix, spread it thickly on the pork ribs before you cover them in foil. Then, cook them as normal. Some of the seasoning will be gone when you take the ribs out of the oven, but if you applied it thickly enough, they should come out just fine.