#TMCKitchenSeries: The Day I Cooked Ribs for Valentine’s Day

If you checked my posts about the recipes I do at home, you will notice that I always use chicken and pork. I’m no kitchen diva and cooking is not really my thing so I stick to the basics. 

My husband and I are not fans of going out during V-Day. Instead of a fancy dinner in a posh restaurant, we decided to stay in and cook something new. And yes, he requested for ribs. 

It was my first time to cook ribs and to be honest, I have no idea how to do this. I scouted the World Wide Web for recipes but I can’t seem to find something that will suit my taste and cooking style. So, I decided to just invent my own recipe. 

My Version of Tender Pork Ribs Pork RibsI started cooking at three in the afternoon since my husband wanted it baked. There were no fancy ingredients, so I’m sure you can do this at home. 

Here are the ingredients I used: 

  • Brown sugar 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tomato sauce 
  • Garlic
  • Basil leaves and Rosemary (the one from McCormick) 
  • Ketchup 
  • Olive oil

Readily available ingredients, right? 

Then in a large bowl, I marinated the ribs using all the ingredients mentioned above. I’m generous when it comes to garlic because I love the aroma and taste it gives on the food. Then for some reason, I instructed the person from Monterey to cut the ribs. Next time, I’ll just leave the cutting to myself since I think it will look better if uncut. LOL. image (23)Going back, I placed the ribs in a baking tray while generously smothering them with the marinade. I also added olive oil to help in the baking process. image (18)Now, its baking time! This one lasted for about one hour and 15 minutes, which is just the right time because the ribs turned out tender and easy to chew. You can bake it longer or shorter, depending on your preference. Be prepared because once you open the oven, you will surely love the smell coming from rosemary. 

I also cooked mixed veggies for side dish since they went well with the ribs. Of course, you can pair it with your preferred side dish. Too bad, I didn’t have enough time to make mashed potatoes and wasn’t able to go all out on this. image (19)Overall, I’m glad my husband loved it. The combination of ingredients went well together. And I’m glad that the first time I made baked ribs was a success! 

Pork Ribs Recipe
Write a review
  1. One slab of American Pork Ribs
  2. One head garlic
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. Half pack tomato sauce (I use the one from Del Monte)
  5. Two tablespoons ketchup
  6. One teaspoon each of salt and black pepper
  7. Two tablespoons olive oil
  8. One teaspoon each of basil leaves and rosemary
  1. Season pork ribs using all the ingredients. You can adjust the ingredients depending on the number of slabs you will use.
  2. Transfer the marinated pork ribs in a baking pan.
  3. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until the pork ribs are brown and tender enough.
  4. Serve with your preferred side dish.
The Momma Chronicles http://themommachronicles.com/


  1. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    February 16, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Your pork ribs looks yummy! The plating was nakakagana ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing! Will bookmark this ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ayi

      February 16, 2016 at 5:07 am

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I invest in plates talaga since parang ang sarap kumain :))

  2. Neri Ann

    February 16, 2016 at 9:59 am

    What is the setting for the oven? I am using a convection oven, pwede ba sya sa baking? or sa roasting?

    1. Ayi

      February 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

      I’m not sure mommy, though I think baking setting will do ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Patty | MrsC

    February 17, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I made ribs for Valentine’s, too! I love baked ribs coz they’re so easy to put together and prepare. I usually buy full slabs of American ribs from Monterey, and I don’t ask them to cut them up. You’re right, they look nicer. Then I bake, low and slow, for 2-4 hours, depending on how much lead time I have before dinner. SO GOOD!!!

    Typically I go for a dry rub, then barbecue sauce to season my ribs. Your recipe looks good, and I think I’ll give it a try next time.

  4. Cheanne

    February 17, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Seems so easy! I miss cooking. I should get back to it soon!

  5. mommykach

    February 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I really wanted to learn how to cook. this looks an easy enough (I hope haha) recipe for beginners. Now just need to buy that convection oven I’ve been eyeing ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    February 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Ang sarap naman nito. Makapag-ribs na nga next week pag grocery ko! I saw a video on ribs too on my timeline, kaya I will take it as a sign, haha!

  7. msbolin

    February 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Something new to prepare for the boys.

  8. kareen liez datoy (@blessedliez)

    February 18, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Ribs are my favorite! This make me want to cook one for lunch!

  9. Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos

    February 18, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Same here, I usually order ribs whenever we are in a steakhouse. This recipes looks easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Viva Kitchen Goddess

    February 18, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Preparing a special meal for the husband makes the dining experience memorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. tweenselmom

    February 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I bet na inlove lalo sayo ang husband mo ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ayi

      February 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Your comment made me laugh Mommy Lani :))

  12. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    February 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    That looks delicious. I have new recipe to cook now.

  13. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    February 19, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Congratulations on your successful attempt at preparing baked ribs! I’m sure this won’t be the last time.

  14. mommymadz

    February 19, 2016 at 8:51 am

    The food looks delish! I wish I was into cooking more than eating haha

  15. Jackie Park

    February 20, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Please adopt me. I’d love to have some, it looks so good hahaha thank you for sharing your recipe ^^

  16. den

    February 22, 2016 at 6:38 am

    This looks soooo gooood! Nakakagutom naman <3

  17. Louisa Mercado

    February 24, 2016 at 2:06 am

    I wish I had an oven so I can try all these cool recipes I keep seeing!

  18. Tina

    March 3, 2016 at 8:44 am

    You can never go wrong with ribs. I have a tip for you. Don’t throw away the marinade, simmer it, add cornstarch to make into a sauce. You can also grill this on stove top or bbq grill.

    1. Ayi

      March 3, 2016 at 8:51 am

      That sounds great ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t tried making sauce for this and I’ll keep your tips in mind. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

I Would Love to Hear from You :)