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Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

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


  • 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


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

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  • TheDix
    Jun 30, 2017

    Excellent ribs, rave reviews. I used all the liquid smoke. I had no dijon barbecue sauce so just added some dijon mustard, also some A-1 sauce. The sauce is the key to these ribs--so yummy!

  • thelouws
    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!

  • Wieners
    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.

  • cherrylady
    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!

  • cm13
    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!

  • jm_robertson
    Jun 14, 2011

    My family loved this! Thanks for sharing!

  • debbym328
    Sep 23, 2010

    Boiling the meat first makes it very tender and then you just brown it on the BBQ. The sauce was great also. Will add this to my recipe box!

  • jwynd
    Jun 29, 2010

    Very tender and tasty. Yes, I'd make them again - in fact, they're cooking right now!

  • lobin
    May 14, 2010

    OMG mom!!!! Were the words out of my teenage son. Everyone loved it - it will become a staple at our house. I followed the directions except, I could not find honey dijon bbq sauce so--- I bought the honey bbq sauce and eyeballed the adding of dijon mustard, and I did omit the ketchup simply because I forgot it. This was easy and so delicious!

  • lucious79601
    Jun 10, 2009

    I tried this recipe...didn't use the grill, broiled and baked they came out just great. Nice smoke flavor, tangy sweet and tender. My family loved it and requested it for tonight.