This is a Test Kitchen favourite! “So easy” and “so good” were often repeated while we licked our chops. The three secret ingredients? A package of onion soup mix, barbecue sauce and a splash of Tabasco – that’s it.
When you buy ribs at the supermarket, there is often a skinny piece of meat in the package that doesn’t look like the rest of the rack. It’s long and flat with small circular bones that look like buttons. The meat on a button bone is the same as the meat on large ribs, so cook and enjoy as you would regular ribs.
Skip grilling ribs, if you like. Just toss hot tender ribs in thickened barbecue sauce mixture.
Simmer ribs in onion mixture until tender, then remove to a large bowl. Boil liquid in pan until thick and saucy. Place ribs in a plastic bag and seal. Pour sauce into a small bowl or jar. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Bring ribs to room temperature before grilling. Reheat sauce in microwave. Continue with recipe at step 4.