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
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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 serving (1 each) equals 890 calories, 62 g fat (23 g saturated fat), 245 mg cholesterol, 1975 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 52 g 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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Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

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

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

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

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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