The Bar B Barn has been a Montreal tradition for years. If you have ever had their ribs you won’t forget them! Now you can make these Copy Cat Bar B Barn ribs at home!
Did you know you can make ribs in 1 hour? Well – you can. In the winter time I don’t mind doing the oven method over 2-3 hours but in the summer I don’t want to heat up the house. And, to be honest, I find it very tricky to get ribs cooked on the BBQ without risking burning the sauce. So- again- the ‘Queen of Make Ahead’ has found a way around it!
I cook my ribs in the pressure cooker, steep them in sauce and finish them on the BBQ. I get all the flavour with very little fuss and I can enjoy my guests since I only need to BBQ and baste long enough to let them caramelize and heat through. (Oven method also described below).
Pressure cookers sort of went out of style when the microwave came along but there are a lot of things only a pressure cooker can do. Pressure cooking retains 90-95% of nutrients according to some studies, more than boiling, roasting or steaming.
Modern pressure cookers are far safer to use than the older versions. They still need to be treated with respect but the digital ones are time and temperature controlled so there is no more diving on the burners and the valve to try to control the pressure. The time savings are rather inspiring – fall -off- the- bone ribs in 35 minutes, rice in 8 minutes, pot roast in 45 minutes, chicken pieces in 10 minutes, whole chicken in 15-20 minutes.
In fact, if I could only have 1 appliance it would be my pressure cooker because it can be a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, an electric frying pan and I have used it for a canning bath.
A word on Pressure Cookers
I researched the internet extensively before I decided to buy a Nesco pressure cooker. Many digital brands do not reach the optimum level of pressure so cooking times need to be extended. I have been using mine for several years now and have never had a problem. If you want to see my results check out my post Pressure Cookers – Which One is Best? (Disclosure- if my enthusiasm inspires you to purchase a Nesco pressure cooker or an Instant Pot, I may receive a small commission if you do it through my link! There is no additional cost to you.)Instant Pot
Nesco Pressure Cooker
I couldn’t bring myself to add the 2 cups of brown sugar the original recipe I was given called! I think I tried it once but the sugar makes them so susceptible to burning! Anyway – I have been using 1 cup for years so now that is my standard!
Enjoy with Potato Salad and Slaw!
My favourite wine to serve with these ribs is a Cote de Rhone and if you can find one where the notes identify a toasty (think caramel) quality it is absolutely divine with this sauce.