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Nov 14, 2010 03:21 PM

Quick response please - Saving not so tender ribs

I'm cooking baby back ribs and desperately need to tenderize them.. the thing is they're already cooked. Here's what I've done :

-Dry rubbed with spices and let "marinate" for few hours

-Cooked in liquid (mainly apple juice and beer - covered) in the oven for 2 hours at 250 F.

- (was about to finish them on the barbecue (quickly at high temperature) with bbq sauce for a caramelized coating)

... but it turned out they don't seem tender. I'm very surprised, cuz I think 250 is a low enough temperature to get tender meat.

My question is: Should I put them back in the oven at low heat (will it tenderize it or make it worse)? Or have I reached a point of no return?

Please help me save those ribs I put so much love into!!

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  1. 2 hours at 250 is not long enough. They need another 2 hours at least. Cook them at 325 for another hour and they should be fine.