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Tender Baby Back Ribs

"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


  • 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


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

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  • jeannemb320
    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!

  • katlaydee3
    Jul 5, 2015

    These were delicious! Everyone loved them.

  • audrianna890
    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!

  • Ryansmom6
    Sep 9, 2013

    This is our go-to recipe for 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!

  • amk4985
    Aug 28, 2013

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

  • peacnhim
    Aug 18, 2012

    The paprika was very over powering. I halved the cayenne and black pepper and it was still too spicy for my kids (and me!).

  • Mamaorr
    Jun 16, 2012

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  • Trazeew04
    May 22, 2012

    Settle down ladies for 2 ribs they have 234 calories plus the BBQ sauce which doesn't have much. So enjoy. I'm making these this weekend. Yumm

  • littlerich
    Mar 9, 2012

    awesome, soooo good and fall off the bones.... yummy!!!!!!! Ginger

  • pajamaangel
    Sep 26, 2011

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