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The Best Baby Back Ribs

I first marinate each rack of ribs, then add a zesty rub before grilling them. They always turn out moist and flavorful. —Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 80 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 racks baby back ribs (about 4-1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Barbecue sauce, optional


  • If necessary, remove thin membrane from ribs and discard. Combine broth, soy sauce, 1/2 cup sugar, vinegar, olive oil and garlic. Place ribs in a shallow baking dish; pour two-thirds of the marinade over ribs. Turn to coat; refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • Drain ribs, discarding marinade. Combine remaining sugar, salt and seasonings; rub over both sides of ribs.
  • Grill ribs, covered, on an oiled rack over indirect medium heat for 30 minutes on each side.
  • Baste with reserved marinade, or, if desired, barbecue sauce. Move ribs to direct medium heat and cook until pork is tender, turning and basting occasionally, 20-40 minutes longer.

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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 647 calories, 41g fat (13g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 2345mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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    • Terry
      Jun 21, 2020

      It was great but I have to disagree with one reviewer claiming to bake the for an hour and a half, don't do it unless you want your ribs black. 45-50 minutes bake time is good enough and finish it on the grill for about 7-10 minutes flipping once in between. I hope this helps .

    • aug2295
      Jun 6, 2020

      These were awesome!! I baked them in the oven for an hour and a half before finishing on the grill. We loved the flavors and enjoyed that they were different from your typical rib.

    • h2oson
      May 18, 2020

      I cook them on the grill under tin foil for 45 minutes turning them because they were starting to char. Them finished them in the oven. So delicious

    • Denise
      May 17, 2020

      Backyard smells amazing! Followed recipe, no changes, very good.

    • Luc
      Jul 6, 2018

      I have been looking for this recipe and I couldn´t find it for some reasons. Anyways, I boiled my ribs first for about 30mins and cool for another mins. then I marinate with the sauce overnight. It's so soft and delish. Thank you.

    • khegeman
      Mar 28, 2018

      Very good. TofH, please stop changing the name of your recipes, as it makes it hard to find them on-line and reference tips and reviews

    • LindaS_WI
      Apr 20, 2017

      When my youngest grandson wanted ribs for his birthday, I tried these. Everyone loved them. A big key is to not get the heat too high. You need a lower temperature to get them nice and tender without charring them. This rib recipe is going to be seen again and again this summer grilling season.

    • Uqaq
      Jun 2, 2014

      Love this

    • emjaeger
      May 1, 2011

      We love this recipe and often make it for company.

    • mmartiam
      Jul 12, 2010

      This recipe is a favorite of mine for company. Can't stop eating once you get started