Thick 'n' Zesty Ribs Recipe
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Thick 'n' Zesty Ribs Recipe

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I got this recipe 30 years ago from a co-worker and have made it many times. Everyone in our family loves it.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 890 calories, 62g fat (23g saturated fat), 245mg cholesterol, 1975mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 52g protein.


  1. Place ribs in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Rub with garlic salt. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes; drain. Combine the remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over ribs. Bake, uncovered, for 40-50 minutes or until ribs are tender, basting several times. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Thick 'n' Zesty Ribs in Country Extra September 2000, p49

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germanycook User ID: 6411056 241185
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"Very good! I did them in the slow cooker with the sauce over for 5-1/2 hours on low."

MelissaV81 User ID: 1221953 25357
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"They were so easy to make and delicious! The homemade sauce was wonderful...will be making these often!"

raveangelx79 User ID: 3863697 203745
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"I hadn't made baby back ribs before. This recipe was easy and came out pretty good!"

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