These Easy BBQ Baby Back Ribs are foolproof and fall-off-the-bone tender, and a guaranteed hit at your cookout or party! Baby back pork ribs are rubbed with a simple homemade rub, wrapped in foil and baked in the oven until perfectly tender. Right before serving, brush with a homemade smoky sweet barbecue sauce and finish on the grill. Serves 8 people 1/4 of a slab each.

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Let’s talk about these ribs.

>insert heart eye emojis< I’m super excited for you to try these! They are incredible and if cooking ribs makes you nervous, let this recipe be the one to change your mind. It’s a foolproof way to making the easiest most delicious, fall-off-the-bone, finger-licking ribs with an unbelievable sweet and smoky sauce. 

To start, you will need 6 pounds baby back pork ribs and a rib rub.

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First remove the ribs from any packaging and pat them dry with paper towels. Then If your ribs have the silvery membrane or skin on the underneath side, use a sharp knife to lift a portion of it away from the meat and bones. Next use paper towel to grip the silver skin and pull it back away from the ribs, and discard.

Luckily the ribs I’m using for this post had the membrane taken off already. With that said, don’t be surprised if you notice that it has already been done for you too.

To make the rib rub combine:

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Next, sprinkle 2/3 of the rub over top, meaty side of the ribs and massage it into the meat. Turn the ribs over and season with the remaining rub mixture, massaging it into the second side as well.

Preheat your oven to 300°. If working with long slabs, cut them into half slabs making them easier to manage. Then wrap each half slab in 2 layers of aluminum foil, crimping at the top and folding up the ends. Next, place the wrapped ribs onto a foil-lined, rimmed, metal baking sheet and bake for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

I check the ribs doneness by inserting a cake tester, metal skewer or fork into the top of the foil until you enter meat (try again if you hit bone 😉). If it glides through the meat, they are done. If not, return back to the oven for another 30 minutes. Check and repeat if necessary.

To make this epically delicious sauce, you will need:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • a 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup un-sulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • all reserved juices (sans fat) from the ribs

Before unwrapping the ribs, slip on some oven mitts and carefully pick up one of the wrapped ribs. Next, over a medium bowl, make a small tear in the foil to drain the cooking liquids. Repeat with the remaining foil wrapped ribs. Lastly, pour the cooking liquids into a fat separator and let it sit for a few so the fat has a chance to rise to the top.

What is Liquid Smoke?

Liquid smoke is a dark brownish liquid that is generally made by condensing the smoke from wood. In a pinch it’s great for obtaining the smokey flavorful with out actually smoking the meat or vegetables. There are additives in liquid smoke, so please read labels. 

Then, once the cooking liquid has been drained, saved and is currently on your counter separating, unwrap the ribs and place them on a clean rimmed metal baking sheet. These ribs already smell amazing!

Next, to a medium pot, measure and add in the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, tomato sauce, molasses, tomato paste, hot sauce, liquid smoke, onion powder, Worcestershire, yellow mustard and chili powder. Whisk to combine.

 Now is when you can pull the stopper out and pour only the juices into the pot (leaving the fat behind).

Next bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer (stirring often) for 15 minutes.

Once the sauce is thick and glorious, go ahead and brush some of it onto the to meaty side of the ribs. 

Next, preheat your grill to 400-425°. Place the rips (saucey side down) onto your preheated grill. Then brush the underneath side with sauce and continue to grill with the lid open. Repeating the brushing, turning and most importantly, grilling. About 10 minutes total. Therefore in doing this receptively will create a sticky, caramelized delicious crust on the ribs.

Do you see that deliciousness? Have I reached my quota with that word yet? 🙈

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See? Wasn’t that easy?

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Sweet, smoky with a smidgen of heat (however not spicy) and so dang good! I really love the hint of molasses and smoke in the sauce. 

Lastly, I like to serve these easy bbq baby back ribs with crispy potatoes, cole slaw and grilled corn. Any leftover sauce can be served warm for those who love them extra saucy.

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Easy Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs
Yield: 4 to 6

Easy Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

These Easy BBQ Baby Back Ribs are foolproof and fall-off-the-bone tender, and a guaranteed hit at your cookout or party! Baby back pork ribs are rubbed with a simple homemade rub, wrapped in foil and baked in the oven until perfectly tender. Right before serving, brush with a homemade smoky sweet barbecue sauce and finish on the grill.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds baby back pork ribs

FOR THE RIB RUB:

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

FOR THE BBQ SAUCE:

Instructions

FOR THE RUB:

  1. In a small bowl, measure and combine the salt, ground mustard, paprika, cayenne and black pepper.

FOR THE BABY BACK RIBS:

  1. Remove the ribs and pat dry with paper towels. If your ribs have the silvery membrane or skin on the underneath side, use a sharp knife to lift a portion of it away from the meat and bones. Then use paper towel to grip the silver skin and pull it back away from the ribs, and then discard.
  2. And if you're working with full slabs, you may want to cut them into half slabs, making them easier to manage.
  3. Sprinkle 2/3 of the rub over top, meaty side of the ribs and massage it into the meat. Turn the ribs over and season with the remaining rub mixture, massaging it into the second side as well.
  4. Preheat your oven to 300°.
  5. If working with long slabs, cut in half. Then wrap each half slab in 2 layers of aluminum foil, crimping at the top and folding up the ends. Place the wrapped ribs onto a foil-lined, rimmed, metal baking sheet.
  6. Bake on the middle rack of your preheated oven for 2-1/2 hours. Check by inserting a cake tester, metal skewer or fork into the top of the foil until you enter the thickest part of the rib meat (try again if you hit bone 😉). If it glides through, the ribs are done. If not, return back to the oven for another 30 minutes. Check and repeat if necessary.
  7. Once baked, make the sauce. (jump down to find the instructions for making the sauce).
  8. Brush a portion of the homemade sauce on the meaty side of the ribs.
  9. Preheat your grill to 400-425°. Place the ribs (saucey side down) onto your preheated grill. Brush the underneath side with sauce and continue to grill with the lid open. Repeat brushing and turning the ribs until the sauce and ribs have caramelized. Repeat as desired.

FOR THE BBQ SAUCE:

  1. After the ribs have baked, slip on some oven mitts and carefully pick up one of the wrapped ribs. Over a bowl, make a small tear in the foil to drain the rib liquids. Repeat with the remaining foil wrapped ribs until all liquds have been drained into the bowl.
  2. Once the cooking liquid has been drained (and saved!), you can unwrap the ribs and place them on a clean rimmed metal baking sheet.
  3. Pour the cooking liquids into a gravy separator (linked below) and pour only the cooking liquids in to a medium saucepan, leaving the fat behind and discard.
  4. Next measure and add in the remaining sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium-low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often. (now you can jump back up for grilling instructions).

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1/4 slab

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1412 Total Fat: 106g Saturated Fat: 32g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 47g Cholesterol: 357mg Sodium: 2406mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 41g Protein: 73g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.