Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
20 min
1 hr 30 min

3 to 4 servings

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 4 -pound slab baby back ribs
  • Cilantro Potato Salad (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl combine all ingredients except ribs to make a sauce; season with salt and pepper. On a rack set in a roasting pan season ribs with salt and pepper and brush with a thick layer of sauce. Roast ribs, basting every 30 minutes, until tender and falling off the bone, about 1 1/2 hours. Slice into individual ribs before serving with potato salad.


1 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds small new potatoes, cooked and halved (unpeeled)

1/3 cup finely minced onions

In a bowl, stir together mayonnaise with cilantro, garlic, salt and 7 turns black pepper. Add potatoes and onions and toss to combine thoroughly; cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving.

Yield: 5 to 6 servings

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    HOLY CAYANNE! I totally dislike spicy anything and the sauce almost ruined my dinner! My husband helped me die down the spice by basting with honey after the second basting. Turned out so delicious! Next time I'll cut the cayanne down by more than half if any at all.
    Thank you for such a great home made bbq sauce recipe. I did as one other review suggested and heated it through on top of the stove and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. As I read other reviews, I adjusted my cooking time. I seared the ribs in the oven on 425 degreees for 30 minutes. Removed them from the oven, smothered some of the bbq sauce on them and returned them to a 325 degree oven and cooked them for an additional 2-1/2 hours, brushing them with bbq sauce every 30 minutes. The last 30 minutes, I added about 1/4 cup of water, covered with foil and let them steam.....yum, yum., yum!!!! My husband thought they were the best ribs ever, esecially for being cooked in the oven!!!
    Mr Emeril:
    Thank you so much for this recipe.
    We could not have enough, my mom just bought 2 racks, we had to count them so every one had the same amount.
    I just did a little adding to the recipe dry rub with your spices mix that I made with my mom then I added a BAM!! of GARLIC on the ribs. they were the best ribs i have ever tasted. since i have started watching your show,(when i was about 5 years old), i have been always wanted to be on it. i love cooking. its like my hobbie now because of you. i live in miami but i dont know were your cooking shows are. i dont know if you can write back to me please do. thank you.
    I agree with everyone else, the cooking time was way off. Unfortunately I didn't read that before hand so I had no idea. The sauce was delicious though and I would have given 5 stars if it weren't for the cooking time.
    I read most of the comments before doing this recipe and concluded that the baking time is way off.....I just put a little salt and pepper and put the ribs in a dish, poured a little water in it, and covered it with foil, so all the steam can keep the meat moist, baked it for about 3 hours and then removed the foil, poured the bbq sauce over the ribs and baked it once more for about 45 min. leaving the foil off this time. I dont own a grill so for me this was great!!!
    This recipe was good! We enjoyed the ribs!
    Set oven to convection broil for an hour and a half, but dont baste ribs with sauce until halfway thru and then once more at the final 15 minutes, because it will burn on the outside too much towards the end. If you start applying it half way thru it doesnt burn but gets a nice crust towards the end. I tried emerils sauce and it was good, but id rather spare myself the trouble and use famous dave's or sweet baby ray's sauce. thanks for the great comments guys, they really helped!
    The recipe was delicious, however the cooking time of 1 1/2 hours is not nearly long enough. The cooking time is more like 6-8 hours at the temp of 325.
    I followed some of the suggestions in previous reviews- cut ketchup to 1 1/2 c, cut cayenne to 1 tsp, simmered sauce for 15 minutes, used convection roast and it cooked perfectly in an hour and 25 minutes, plus I marinated ribs for a few hours beforehand. Really yummy and so easy!
    I used Emeril's cooking time and temp here to make ribs on four different occasions and they came out perfect every time. You can use the BBQ sauce of your choosing. I use Sweet Baby Rays (Sorry Emeril).

    Don't forget to peel the skin off of the back of the ribs before cooking.
    I like to use Alton Brown's rub and cook without the sauce for the first 20 minutes.
    Here is his rub:
    * 8 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
    * 3 tablespoons kosher salt
    * 1 tablespoon chili powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    * 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    * 1/2 teaspoon jalapeno seasoning
    * 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
    * 1/2 teaspoon rubbed thyme
    * 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

    After the first 20 min cook time, I add the sauce.
    Then as Emeril recommends, bast every 30 minutes for a total of 90 minutes but not more than an 1 hour and 45 min. Every oven is different. I use 'convection roast' and have had perfect results every time, the meat completely comes off of the bone and tender.
    the best barbeque sauce everrrrrrrr!!!!!!
    I made these last Sunday and i have to say they were outstanding!. Cook time for me was around two hours and they were perfect. I also made the Cilantro Potato Salad and this went perfectly with the ribs. Thanks Emeril.
    In who's world are these ribs done in an hour and half??? I baked mine for 3 hours and they were still not tender.
    I wanted a rib recipe that was uncomplicated and easily done in the oven. For these reasons I made it. The cooking time is totaly unrealistic as indicated. I cooked them for over two hours, and even finishing under a broiler didn't get them to "falling off the bone" status. Aside from that, the sauce never really glazes to the ribs and I feel it's too ketchupy. I wouldn't recommend this one and won't bother a second time.
    The recipe was ok but I won't try it again - way too much ketchup- although all the ingredients mix will together- too pasty- I would suggest not using as much cayenne as it makes it way to hot. When I covered the ribs- the sauce would not melt into the ribs- when I uncovered the ribs- they would cook way too fast- not sure what went wrong there
    I chose this recipe because the sauce wasn't too sweet, and it was good. However, baking for 90 minutes at 325 degrees won't result in tender ribs. I had to stop at 3 hours, and they still weren't completely tender. Too much connective tissue remained.
    This oven barbecue was the best that I have ever tasted. My ribs never came out this good in the oven. This is one recipe that I will do quite often.
    it was the easiest recipe i have tried for baby back ribs... However, I think I like Tyler's sauce, even though it is more time consuming but overall, it is very good. The sauce is sweet and tangy!
    These are the best Ribs I have ever made. The Sauce is wonderful, and so easy to make. TY for a great recipe.
    This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. The cooking temperature and time was just right. In a pinch I use store bought sauce and cook according to the directions. They come out perfect every time.
    yea! Easy excellent oven barbeque recipe with enough sweet and zing to please the whole family. recipe was simple to follow with impressive results.
    my family loved the ribs. i had never made baby back ribs so i was kind of skeptical on how they would come out. but they were wonderful and the sauce was excellent( i did use a bit more brown sugar in it though)
    Emeril hit a home run with these oven baked baby backs. I did reduce the cayenne to one teaspoon to cut the spice a bit. Glad I did because it was spicy enough. I doubled the onion and garlic because we LOVE onions and garlic. I baked them for two and a half hours. Also, I, too, suggest making the sauce in a saucepan on the stove and simmering for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors meld together. Yummy! You won't be sorry!!!!
    I have never made my own bbq sauce adn will do it again. Didnt' know ribs were this easy to make and come out so good. MMM MMM.
    This has become a family favorite! Delicious recipe!
    very good
    After reading all reviews I was excited to try this. The ribs were tender but not falling off the bone. And I do not like the sauce at all. Too tomato tasting. I thought it would taste like traditional BBQ sauce. We ate them but no one finished up the leftovers. That's my sign of a winner.
    good and easy!
    I made this the other night and the sauce is soooo good. i couldnt get the ribs to fall off the bone but they were sooooo good. i didnt have the right pan. but the sauce is to die for and so simple. make sure to use real diced onions not the dry kind. i also didnt use cayenne pepper just cause i didnt have it. i will always make this sauce with every bbq dish.
    It would have been more appropriate if you called this "hot & spicy" ribs.
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