How to cook fall-off-the-bone beef spare ribs in oven or on stove top?
I would like to cook spare ribs to a fall-off-the-bone consistency. I don't have access to a grill.
I know how to do that with pork shoulders (dry rubbed, then uncovered in the oven at low heat for 6-8hrs), but spare ribs are a different type of animal. They are individually smaller pieces (my ribs are sawed in chunks), and they are fairly fatty, with a big bone.
What should I do? Should I pan-sear them first, do I need some liquid in the dish? Should I cover them?
You can do a low temperature cook on your ribs the same way you would do your pork shoulders. It's just the cooking times are shorter, that's all.
Set your oven to 250-275F, and roast those ribs until they're done. I've had beef ribs done in as few as 3-4 hours, but as many as 5. Optionally, you can foil your ribs about halfway into your cook, with some liquid in the foil pack. Just be aware that they'll cook faster if they're foiled. And depending on your preference, you may want to take them out of the foil to finish them.