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How to Slow Cook Baby Back Ribs in the Steam Oven
This is a Combi Braising reciepe.
Steam ovens are ideal tools for slow cooking ribs for grilling. The method for cooking ribs is to give the ribs a dry rub a day in advance then to place them in a roasting pan with a little water, cover them tightly with foil and cook them for approx 2 hours in a slow oven. This method creates steam in the pan tenderizing the meat in preparation for the final high heat finish on the grill or in the oven.
The Steam Oven may seem small to cook several racks of ribs at one time but you can cut them in half if needed and since you don’t have to cover the pan you can just pile them on top of each other. I find using the Combination Convection Steam Mode set to 250 degrees yields the best result, if the temperature is too high the meat gets a little tough and the bones pop right out.
Whether you use a prepared dry rub and BBQ sauce or create your own rub and sauce ribs cooked in the Steam Oven are a winner.
2 - racks baby back pork ribs
Dry rub of your choice
Preheat the Steam Oven in the Combination Convection Steam Mode 250 degrees.
Remove the membrane on the back of the ribs with the point of a small sharp knife and coat the ribs generously with the dry rub (This can be a done a day in advance for added flavor).
Cut the racks in half if necessary and place in the solid pan or on a rimmed baking sheet.
Check the ribs after 2 hours to see if they are tender or if they need another 30 minutes.
At this point the ribs can be glazed with the BBQ sauce and finished on the grill or in the Convection oven using the Convection Bake or Convection Roast Mode 425 degrees.
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Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder
Pork shoulder can be roasted at low temperatures and served with rice and beans or over polenta with a side of sautéed bitter greens, any which way it will be delicious. Pork shoulder can also be braised, slowly cooked in a sauce, usually a BBQ sauce then shredded for pulled pork, another really popular preparation.
As with all meats, let the pork sit out of the refrigerator for at least an hour before cooking and for best results, place it on a rack in a shallow pan to allow the Convection heat to circulate around the meat. The pork can be roasted in either a Combi Steam oven or a Convection Oven.
Keep the temperature low and allow 3 - 4 hours, it will be well worth the
1 pork shoulder 3 - 5lbs
1 small yellow onion, peeled and quartered
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp mild chili powder
1 tbsp dried mixed Italian seasoning
1 tbsp Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
¼ cup olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Convection Steam Oven, heat the oven in the Convection Steam Mode, 300F, 150C.
Convection Oven, heat the oven in the Convection Bake or Roast Mode, 325F, 164C.
Puree the onion, garlic and seasonings in a food processor or with an immersion blender. Stir in ¼ cup of olive oil and the vinegar to make a thick paste.
Place the meat fat side up on a rack in a shallow pan. Score the meat in a cross-hatch pattern and rub the puree all over the meat. Pour enough water into the bottom of the pan to cover the surface and slide the tray into the oven.
Check the meat after 2 hours and add a little more water to the bottom of the pan if needed.
Check the meat again after 3 ½ hours to see how tender it is. The final result should be meltingly tender. Remember you can’t go wrong if you keep the temperature low.