Barbecued Baby Back Ribs Recipe
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Barbecued Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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This recipe came about by accident when I was making ribs for company and discovered I didn't have enough sauce. I combined the ingredients on hand and came up with this special sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke, divided, optional
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey-Dijon barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 619 calories, 42g fat (15g saturated fat), 163mg cholesterol, 910mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein


  1. Cut ribs into serving size pieces; place in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Add salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon liquid smoke if desired; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours or until ribs are just tender. Do not overcook.
  2. Meanwhile, combine barbecue sauces, ketchup, honey and remaining liquid smoke if desired. Drain ribs and transfer to grill. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat, basting both sides several times with sauce, for 8-10 minutes or until ribs are tender and well-glazed. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Baby Back Ribs in Country Pork 1996, p106

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"Made these for a gathering of friends & our children. Everyone loved them! I also left out the liquid smoke because we had none but the recipe was still delicious!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"I left out the salt, because I didn't think it needed it. The liquid smoke also...none in the house. We enjoyed the flavor will definitely make again."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Only changes I made were adding 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice. We don't love the flavor of liquid smoke, so I only used 1/2 a teaspoon. I simmered it on the stove so the brown sugar would dissolve. (I also doubled the sauce recipe so we would be sure to have enough -- we like it saucy!) I'll make this again!"

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"This is a recipe that my whole family loves. I couldn't find honey dijon so I also added the dijon mustard to the sauce. I used Stubbs Honey Pecan bbq sauce and it turned out amazing!"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"My family loved this! Thanks for sharing!"

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