Sister’s Bday Brunch – Ribs Edition

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My husband and I wanted to take my sister out for her birthday. Her wife had a surprise party planned for her later in the day so the plan was for us to take her to brunch then lead her to the surprise party. I tried calling restaurants to reserve us a space but, we were worried that with it being Saturday the service could be slow and then we would be late to the party. I decided to make brunch instead. I’ve catered several brunches in my career so when my husband came home I told him all of my brunch ideas: goat cheese tarts, hash brown casserole, crepes, mimosas, fried chicken, and waffles. I went on and on. He finally stopped me and said, “That doesn’t sound like her. Make something she would like. Ribs and salad would work.” I was frustrated by this response. My sister has had a rough year to say the least. I just wanted to make sure she felt special and knew how much she meant to us. I wanted to make her this grand buffet with all the lights and fireworks. But, my husband reminded me of what I would always do for my clients; I needed to think of her and what she loved. We brought her over to our house and the smile on her face was priceless when she saw her surprise meal. I told her Evan came up with the idea and she said it was the perfect brunch!  The surprise party also went over well. It was a great day with family and friends who all came together because they loved my sister.


  • 1 Tbs. Oregano
  • ½ Tbs. Cayenne pepper
  • ½ Tbs. Pepper
  • 1 Tbs. Sugar
  • ½ Tbs. Salt
  • 2 racks pork ribs
  • BBQ sauce of your choice


  1. Combine all seasonings in a small bowl. Line two baking pans with foil and spray/coat with oil.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 300*F. Cut the ribs in half and place in baking pans.
  3. Sprinkle seasonings on the ribs and then rub/massage for a few minutes. Be sure to get seasoning spread out thoroughly on ribs. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Bake for 2 and ½ to 3 hours. Then, take the ribs out of oven and spread out about a cup of BBQ sauce on ribs.
  5. Raise temperature on oven to 425*F and bake the ribs for 10 more minutes or until BBQ sauce starts to bubble. Enjoy!

My Conclusion:

I started this recipe back in my catering days. For one of my first parties, I made the mistake of grilling the ribs instead of baking them.  The huge amount of time I spent at the grill caused me to get behind on my prep in the kitchen. I ended up serving dinner late. The guests were growing eager to eat and I was afraid at one point I wasn’t going to finish at all. Although it took a while to prepare everything, the food turned out delicious. Unfortunately, I was never hired by this client again. I learned this valuable lesson – baking ribs taste just as good as cooking them on the grill! Baking allows me to not worry about the ribs for three hours, leaving me time to finish up the sides and clean-up along the way. They always come out tender and delicious and keep clients calling me back!

Be sure to comment below and let me know your favorite rib recipe or your favorite dish you make for your loved ones’ birthdays.

Peace and Blessings 😊

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