Tender Baby Back Ribs Recipe
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Tender Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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"After many tries, these are the most tender and best tasting ribs I have ever made. Everyone who tries them says the same!" Joanne Parks, Steger, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1 hour 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1 hour 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs (about 4-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup beer or beef broth

Nutritional Facts

1 pound: 1896 calories, 146g fat (52g saturated fat), 551mg cholesterol, 766mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 3g fiber), 115g protein


  1. Rub ribs with oil. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne; rub over ribs. Wrap in a large piece of heavy-duty foil (about 28 in. x 18 in.). Seal the edges of foil. In a small bowl, combine barbecue sauce and beer; set aside.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Grill ribs, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1 hour. Carefully remove ribs from foil. Place over direct heat; baste with sauce mixture. Grill 20 minutes or until meat is tender, turning and basting occasionally with sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Baby Back Ribs in Taste of Home June/July 2008, p16

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Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"These ribs are delicious! Tender and juicy, I made over the weekend and did everything just as the recipe said. Definitely a keeper!"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"These were delicious! Everyone loved them."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"I had to modify the recipe a bit, so the rating it more for the rub and the addition of beer to the BBQ sauce. The rub made the ribs delicious, though I have a couple of big babies in the house so I did reduce the paprika for spicy reasons. I only had spareribs, and since they need to be cooked just a little differently, I rubbed the ribs with the spice, wrapped them in foil, and popped them into the oven at 275 degrees for two hours, then grilled over low heat for 30 -40 minutes until the meat reached the right temp. Awesome!"

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"This is our go-to recipe for ribs...it is SO yummy! I use smoked paprika and cook them in the foil for 1 hour 45 minutes on indirect heat (charcoal grill) and then over the coals for about 15 minutes. They fall off the bone and are flavored perfectly. Everyone who had tried them, loves them!"

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"a different taste than the usual ribs that you are used to. would make again."

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