The recipe for country-style ribs in the oven is one of those classic secrets that wars have been fought over. While it isn’t entirely sure where it all began, many things are clear throughout history.
The recipe has been tried replicated many times, using various things like a slow cooker. Some people have dared to try and make it in a crockpot or slow cooker. Cooking it in an instant pot has even been attempted by some. Some have tried doing it with beef rather than pork. All have fallen short in their pursuit of this little piece of heaven.
Few have had the luxury of experiencing the art form in its truest form.
Today, I am bringing you this recipe in all of its glory. This is the way country-style ribs are supposed to be prepared. In the oven is how this boneless pork wonder needs to be made. More specifically, it is made at 350 degrees in the oven. While it can be made in a pressure cooker, it’s not the way it should be made if you ask my correct and very humble opinion on the topic.
Given that this recipe has been the actual reason why wars were started, this really ought to be the one you try. It’s great when you are bringing friends and family together. It involves many components that you shouldn’t skimp on, including a tasty dry rub and coca-cola. Ensure perfect cooking conditions to get that tenderness you’ve always longed for.
You know, the tenderness that doesn’t just keep you up during the day. It’s the tenderness that you’re also dreaming about as you’re resting your eyelids. While other variations of this dish call for BBQ sauce, it is made without BBQ sauce. It’s an easy recipe to follow with Western and Southern influence that will leave your stomach longing for more.
All you need to get started with it is a piece of pork meat.
However, we must indulge you in its rich history before starting.
(Somewhat) truthful history of this great dish
Some of the details here may seem hard to believe, but we dug deep as we researched this recipe. Along the way, there have also been alterations to the recipe. The one that we are about to present to you was finalized in today’s form during the Mongol Empire, around the year 1,300. Even if the British Empire attempted to alter the recipe, they never improved it.
They discovered that nothing further could be done to improve this recipe. It was buried deep down inside Big Ben for 150 years. It was done by Victoria, the only child of Edward Duke of Kent. It was never sure when this would ever be unleashed on the public out of fear of the potential consequences. Many years of continued war were caused by the civilizations wanting to get their fingers on it. It was believed that more empires would fall over their possession of this valuable document.
This document has been stored in various mansions worldwide throughout its time. It is also believed to inspire Leonardo da Vinci to design the first-ever L-shaped home as he lay in bed towards the end of his life. He knew that he would never be able to invent something that could ever rival the popularity of this infamous dish. He swore to create a piece of architecture that would withstand the test of time. In his heart, he hoped that people would use house plans just like the ones he designed. He hoped that families would gather and learn about the finer things in culinary life.
Today, I am excited to bring Leonardo da Vinci’s dream to life finally. I am proud to be the bearer of the long-awaited news. I am fully unveiling the recipe.
To fully understand the intricacies of the dish, we must go back even further and explore everything that this dish has been through. The various romances have helped shape and influence it. It has finally been able to obtain the rich flavor you will experience if you choose to make it yourself.
Although we couldn’t confirm that Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet as he consumed this dish, there are rumors. Yes, there are no limitations to what it has accomplished through time.
However, let’s take you back to its origins. Victoria played a vital role in ensuring world peace by successfully keeping it away from the hungry hoards of people. They were trying to get their hands on this document. Its origins appear to date way further back than originally intended. It has also been said that there was a plot to overthrow Victoria that was successfully avoided. However, it is a story that has very few details available.
A story of love
To go back to where it all started, we need to go back roughly 2,600 years to where tales started originating about it. While they may not have had the technology today, there are still mythical tales of people meeting in large gatherings. Documents and tales from back then talk of a dish cooked at 325 or 375 degrees. No reference was ever made that this dish was attempted cooked at 350 degrees.
The dish likely originated in the Assyrian empire, on the border of the Tigris River in Upper Mesopotamia. We can only speculate whether it originally came out of Northern Iraq or Syria. The first original document we have passed on was from Ashur-uballit II in 612 BC. It was believed to be passed on to the king of the Median Empire at that time.
The story goes that the country-style ribs were given as a gesture to win the love of the young princess. Like most princesses, she had many suitors. None that had ever successfully managed to spike her interest. She was a woman of significant sophistication who spent her days exploring. Ahead of her time, she understood the healing effects of flowers. She was known to have a voice so enticing to any man that she could make them do anything she wanted.
Men would travel hundreds of miles to get a glimpse of her, to see if she existed. If the tales were true and her beauty was as real as the rumors went. Her name was Princess Fiona. While her beauty was undeniable, Princess Fiona was also a woman of intricacy. She knew of the finer things in life. She would have spices imported from various parts of the world to cook with. Some would come from the misty highlands. From Northern India, she would get spices like coriander. Yet other spices would come from parts of Africa.
She knew that she was going to marry a man of sophistication. She knew that it would be a man with whom she could share this intricate love. She knew it would have to be someone who could create something that very few other people possibly could. Her father considered many men were considered for her father, but she kept turning them down.
Many scholars came her way and spoke fancy words and wrote poems. But she wanted nothing of that. She wanted a man who could tell the different spices apart and pair foods with the gentlest wines.
Along came a man
Princess Fiona knew that true love could only be found by a person who understood her passion without her sharing her passion with them. She knew that she could never reveal that the way to her heart was through her stomach. She was convinced that she had not met the one that could rightfully win her over.
Many men came by, and they tried various things. The poems got long and windy, while others dueled. Everyone with the same purpose is to win over the beautiful princess and secure their eternal happiness together. Some came close, while most never did. Some made mashed cauliflower or Dorito crack, and others brought their grandparents’ recipes. It did not win over the princess.
News of the princess traveled to far countries. Stories traveled that her beauty cured the ill of nothing more than a brief touch of the hand. The news made it to Ashur-uballit II. He sent his six best men to see if the rumors were true. They traveled day and night for 14 days to see whether she was everything that was being said. Men sang songs, and many were afraid of the alluring promise of seeing her.
Wives would force their husbands to stay out of the city she was in.
After 14 days of traveling, the soldiers arrived at the city she was in. They found a place to feast and suddenly heard what sounded like the voice of an angel. In the distance, a Goddess was singing. The men had never heard anything like it in their lives before, and they were intrigued. They knew that no ordinary woman would be able to create sounds that matched the ones they were hearing.
Despite what they thought, they were not prepared. It was as if the tavern lit up when the sound came through the door. Heads started turning, and people started slowly getting up.
It was impossible not to be intrigued. They immediately got up and started following the soothing sound they were hearing.
As they walked through the door, the singing seemed to intensify. Still being far away, they knew they had no other option than to follow the other men that we’re leaving the tavern. All the village men were seeking the singing, which had a hypnotizing effect on them. As they all approached the source, the singing got louder up until the point where they could tell that they were right next to it. They could hear it around the street corner.
As they approached the corner, the crowd of people got denser. It was practically impossible to get through the crowd, and seeing through the crowd was also impossible. The men had to push to get through. They were trying to see if the stories were true through a crowd, unwilling to budge. The singing was loud, and the huge crowd seemed occupied with nothing but listening to the singing.
People had stopped and stared. They knew they were in the right place as everyone had suddenly stopped. No one was walking anymore, and everyone around looked mesmerized.
As they were pushing, they could tell that they were getting closer. People further towards the front seemed even more hypnotized than those in the back. It was getting increasingly difficult to get through the masses.
With one last sweeping arm, Ashur-uballit II’s most trusted man pushed an eager suitor aside. At that point, he was met by a beauty he had never seen before. He had never known of anyone as beautiful as the wonder he was standing in front of. It suddenly all made sense.
It made sense why the many rows of crowds had resisted moving. For a while, Ashur-uballit II’s group just stood there. He was mesmerized. After a few minutes, the oldest finally came to his senses. He knew that he would never be able to leave if he didn’t do it right then. He knew that he would never be able to return and deliver the news of her beauty. He knew Ashur-uballit II would send their families to be put in captivity from their disobedience.
While the eldest tried to convince the other five to leave, two seemed especially hesitant. Even if they had sworn allegiance to the king, they vowed to never leave princess Fiona out of sight. The eldest knew that he could not convince them to leave.
As he rounded up the rest, they prepared for their journey home. As they returned after 14 days, they were met by Ashur-uballit II’s guardians. He escorted them to his castle. He was eager to hear of their travels and what they had come to learn.
Only the best
The men were eager to tell the king of their discoveries. They knew they would never experience anything like it ever again but swore to tell their tales.
When Ashur-uballit II understood that their stories were true, he knew he was dealing with a real princess. He knew that he would need to give her the best to win her love.
He ordered every recipe of the oven country-style ribs destroyed so that no person in the country would ever make it again. He knew that winning her over would require devotion. If anyone could make the beautiful boneless pieces of pork, he would forever lose his chance at winning her love.
Seeking to win her over, he prepared for his trip. For a princess, only the best would be enough. He bathed in honey for 7 days, and his skin was as smooth as silk. He had the only version of the recipe printed on the finest parchment paper he could find. All the remaining copies were burned.
At this time, he was ready to seek out the woman he was destined to be with.