My wife usually cooks ribs (one of her favorite meals) in the oven with just salt and pepper for seasoning. Since she was away playing with the grand-kids today, I grabbed the ribs from the refrigerator and emptied the spice cabinet!
First, I covered the ribs in a rub that I concocted. Then smoked them on the grill with mesquite chips for flavor. Then I finished them in the oven for falling-off-the-bone tenderness.
Meanwhile, there was enough time to create a bursting-with-flavor barbecue sauce. No sense just opening a bottle on a holiday weekend when you can cook your own sauce.
Needless to say my wife was thrilled to arrive home to a house filled with smoky goodness.