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Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe
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Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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"If you're in the mood for a little virtual trip into summer, give this technique a try. This works with literally any dry rub and barbecue sauce combo."

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Original recipe makes 1 rib rack Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 50 mins

    3 hrs 20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. Mix ancho chile powder, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, cumin, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, and chipotle pepper in a small bowl until combined.
  3. Place ribs meat-side down on aluminum foil. Prick back of rib rack several times with a knife.
  4. Generously apply coating of dry rub to all sides of rib rack.
  5. With rib rack meat-side down, fold foil around it to create a tight seal. Transfer to sheet pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until tender and cooked through, about 2 hours. Remove and cool 15 minutes.
  7. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  8. Open foil, drain and discard any accumulated juices and fat. Brush barbeque sauce on all sides of rack.
  9. Place rack meat-side up and return to oven, leaving foil open. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and brush another layer of barbeque sauce on meat-side only. Repeat baking and brushing with sauce 4 more times, for a total of 50 minutes baking time.
  10. Cut rack into individual rib segments and serve with more barbeque sauce.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 27, 2012

This is a 10 star recipe - the best & easiest method to make ribs. As indicated - use your favorite dry rub and your favorite BBQ sauce but use this low and slow method. For make ahead 'ready to BBQ Ribs' I usually coat the ribs in the dry rub and wrap tightly and let sit in the refrigerator over night. Bake at 250 for at LEAST 2 hours - sometimes they take longer. Then I let them cool in the package - drain the juices out of the package and store in the refrigerator until we are ready to grill. Finishing them on the grill, using indirect heat is so easy and there is virtually no clean up other than to wipe your chops and toss the bones. Enjoy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 17, 2013

I do a few things differently. Most important is to get the membrane off the back of the ribs instead of just pricking them . Bone side up, make a shallow slice mid way through the rack, then using a paper towel, lift and pull the membrane off the rib bone, it generally comes off easily. Makes a huge difference! I also use my own dry rub mix but that's personal preference. to get them crispy, I throw them on the grill after baking 2.5 hours. when I'm making them for a crowd, I'll bake them in the morning, open the foil and slather on BBQ sauce, then rewrap the foil and ket them rest all day until it's time to throw them on the grill. This way I can enjoy my guests and still serve great ribs! If it's a rainy day, I'll put them under the broiler for about 10-15 minutes instead of grilling, we like our ribs moist with the outside crispy and not so dripping with sauce. On the positive, this is a good recipe but don't be afraid to adjust the seasoning to your liking. We don't use white sugar at all, the dark sugar adds to the caramelization of the finished ribs and we use a lot less salt. Low and slow is the way way to go when it comes to finger licking, fall off the bone ribs! Enjoy!!

Jul 17, 2012

Finger lickin' good! The key to "fall-off the bones" tender ribs is in the cooking method - low and slow is the way to go and this method is perfect for anytime you want ribs or if it happens to be raining and you can't grill. And, as Chef John states this works with any dry rub and bbq sauce. So, you can use your favorite combination or get creative -either way you're in for a treat! I used the rub in the recipe, but played with it a bit to use what I had on hand. I cut the recipe in half because we had a small rack of baby back ribs and since I didn't have dried chipolte pepper I subbed garlic powder instead. For the bbq sauce I opted for KC Masterpiece. We finished these on the grill over low heat basting just as the recipe states for the last 20 minutes. This was so simple and so delicious - perfect with a side of coleslaw and cornbread!

May 30, 2012

I made this yesterday wowie was it ever good! I didn't have "ancho" chile powder so I used regular chile powder in its place. Also didn't have chipotle pepper. I added some garlic powder. The meat was so tender I actually couldn't cut through it...fell right off the bone! Overall this will be my GO TO recipe for ribs! Thanks Chef John!

May 31, 2012

Absolutely the best oven baked BBQ rib recipe I have ever tried !!! I''ve been on the hunt for a really good oven baked rib recipe, and most have fallen short of my expectations. Cooking times are spot on, and the ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender!This one is a keeper. You won't be disappointed! Thanks Chef John! I'll definitely be trying other recipes of yours!

Jun 04, 2012

This recipe will give you good tender ribs. With that said, there is nothing special about the recipe itself. Like Chef John says, you can really season it with anything you want. All I had on hand was the white and brown sugars, plain chili powder and salt and pepper. I did add some bbq seasoning to it to add extra flavor sicne I did not have those other seasonings. The main thing to this recipe is the foil cooking method because I use this method with other meats (they always come out tender). Also, I used pork spare ribs instead and they still came out tender just had to cook an additional 30 minutes. By pork already being salty, I found that 1/4 cup salt was too much. Next time, I'll cut down to maybe 2 or 3 tablespoons. I'll also add more brown sugar... they weren't quiet sweet enough to me but still good.

Jul 05, 2012

This recipe provided the method to my goal: ribs that were tender, but didn't fall off the bone (I wanted some chewiness and being able to pick up the ribs and eat them). I didn't use the rub here, but another one I had, but followed the cooking process for the first two hours. Then I put them on the grill, watched them carefully, turning and basting so they wouldn't burn, for about 45 minutes. They were perfect! I cooked three racks at once, and didn't have to increase the cooking times or anything. I will do this recipe again!

May 26, 2012

Awesome recipe, I had never made ribs before, and they came out perfect!!!


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  • Calories
  • 488 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.8 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 88 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 18.9 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 10948 mg
  • 438%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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