2 slabs of meaty beef ribs, ribs separated
2 cups of commercial bbq sauce, or homemade bbq sauce
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1.) Combine the dry ingredients and season the ribs. Place them in a large freezer bag, or in a non-reactive (glass, plastic or stainless) bowl or pan. Cover with the sauce and marinate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Place the ribs and sauce in a large baking pan, in a single layer.
2.) Cover with a tightly fitting piece of aluminum foil. Be sure the foil does not touch the ribs or sauce. The acidity of the sauce will react with the aluminum, and eat a hole through it. And you'll have liquified aluminum on your ribs, which is just plain unappetizing!
Bake the beef ribs at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 hours and check for doneness. If still tough, continue baking covered for another hour. When the ribs are tender, remove the foil, baste the ribs with the pan liquid, and continue baking for another half hour uncovered.
3.) Baking the ribs in a foil covered pan steams them, a cooking process that does a very good job at tenderizing tough meats. The only more effective way to tenderize the ribs is to cook them in a pressure cooker...but that's another recipe!
4.) Baked beef ribs cooked this way always end up very tender. Use a great tasting bbq sauce and choose meaty ribs.