Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated both of my parents' birthdays. My parents are not the type of people who like to receive gifts or go out to restaurants, so we surprised them with a homemade barbecue feast. Patrick made the best mouthwatering spare ribs and I made buttery cornbread, creamy celery seed coleslaw, and white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies.
Patrick has his own recipe for ribs that I love, but his ribs typically are not very wet and they tend to be less sweet because he prefers a tangy sauce. My parents have a preference for sweet and saucy ribs, so I found Patrick and Gina Neely's Wet BBQ Ribs recipe on the Food Network and we decided to give it a try.
My goodness, the ribs were finger-licking good and everyone loved them. It took 6 hours to cook and it was worth the time and effort. My mom is extremely difficult to impress when it comes to food because she considers herself to be the best cook (and I agree), but the ribs made such a great impression that she wanted to learn how to make them herself.
I absolutely love the fat content of the spare ribs because it gives a good flavor to the meat when it renders. The meat was falling off the bone, super moist and tender. It was so tender that you could also eat the cartilage and the bones. The sauce was thick and flavorful, bursting with sweet and tangy acidic notes. We had a lot of sauce left over, so we saved it for another day.
I would sacrifice my soul for these ribs. You will not be disappointed (as long as you follow the recipe precisely). Enjoy!