Marinated Baby Back Ribs Recipe
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Marinated Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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Iola Engle of Bella Vista, Arkansas first marinates racks of ribs, then adds a zesty rub before grilling them. They turn out moist and flavorful.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 1 hour
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 1 hour
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 racks baby-rack ribs (about 4-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Barbecue sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 647 calories, 41g fat (13g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 2345mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.


  1. If necessary, remove thin membrane from ribs and discard. Combine broth, soy sauce, 1/2 cup sugar, vinegar, olive oil and garlic. Place ribs in a shallow baking dish; pour two-thirds of the marinade over ribs. Turn to coat; refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from ribs. Combine remaining sugar, salt and seasonings; rub over both sides of ribs.
  3. Grill ribs, covered, on an oiled rack over indirect medium heat for 30 minutes on each side.
  4. Baste with reserved marinade, or if desired, barbecue sauce. Move ribs to direct medium heat and cook 20-40 minutes longer or until pork is tender, turning and basting occasionally. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Best Baby-Back Ribs in Taste of Home June/July 2004, p9

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LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 264904
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2017

"When my youngest grandson wanted ribs for his birthday, I tried these. Everyone loved them. A big key is to not get the heat too high. You need a lower temperature to get them nice and tender without charring them. This rib recipe is going to be seen again and again this summer grilling season."

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 230568
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"This did not work for us. The marinade burned the meat. Needs to be grilled over indirect heat."

Uqaq User ID: 4935502 68419
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"Love this"

emjaeger User ID: 3720117 139381
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"We love this recipe and often make it for company."

mmartiam User ID: 1411306 58071
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"This recipe is a favorite of mine for company. Can't stop eating once you get started"

kimsue_MI User ID: 59662 92430
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2008 Edited Aug. 4, 2015

"We made these ribs last weekend and are making them again this weekend, they are delicious!!"

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