BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Total Time:
2 hr
10 min
5 min
1 hr 45 min

4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs (4 pounds)
  • Jamie's BBQ Sauce, recipe follows
  • Jamie's BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together the brown sugar, mustard, paprika, smoked paprika, black pepper and garlic salt together in a small bowl. Be sure to break up any lumps with your fingers. Reserve 1 tablespoon of rub in a small bowl for serving.

Remove the silver skin from the underside of the ribs by sliding your fingers under the thin membrane and pulling it off. Repeat with the second rack. Rub the ribs with the seasoning on both sides. Place in a single layer in a large roasting pan and cover tightly with heavy-duty foil. Place the roasting pan into the oven and bake until the ribs are tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Preheat the grill to medium heat.

Grill the ribs on each side for 15 minutes, watching and flipping when necessary, for 30 minutes total. Baste with Jamie's BBQ Sauce the last 10 minutes. (The sauce goes on at the end because it is sugar based and you don't want to burn your ribs.)

Let the racks rest 5 minutes before slicing into individual ribs. Sprinkle the cut ribs with the reserved dry rub and serve along with extra sauce.

Jamie's BBQ Sauce:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir until softened. Add the vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cayenne pepper and some salt and black pepper to the saucepan and simmer on medium-low heat until thickened, about 35 minutes. Yield: About 4 cups.

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    Yum. Yum. Yum. I am not a fan of meat with bones but this was delicious. The meat came right off. My family and I also thought the BBQ sauce was quite possibly the best ever. If you like a vinegary based BBQ sauce then do not change the 2 cups of vinegar, make it according to the recipe.
    WAAAAY too much vinegar in the sauce. Will make it with 1/2 the amount next time.
    Follow the directions just as he has them. I use a store bought bbq sauce my family loves, but they are excellent every time!
    Loved the recipe. Baking then grilling worked great! I listened to the reviews and used way less vinegar and the sauce came out awesome too. DELICIOUS!
    Simple and Easy
    surely, the 2 C vinegar is incorrect....maybe 1/2C I made it with the ingredients and I have to say it was dreadful...I like vinigar, but, really this was TOO MUCH! The rub was fabulous! Fortunately, I had some bottled bbq sauce in the house, but, vetoed Jamie's
    These ribs were absolutely fabulous! You can have the ribs prepared ahead of time and just put them on the grill when your guests arrive. Both the dry rub and the BBQ sauce were very good - a little kick to the sauce from the cayenne and chili powder, but was just perfect. I liked the tartness that he vinegar gave and wouldn't change the sauce at all. The ribs were tender as could be and pulled right off the bone easily. This recipe is joining my other favorite recipes and I'll be making baby back ribs like this from now on. People, please don't rate a recipe three stars and then say that you haven't tried it yet ... just sayin' ....
    Was not sure if I would like the ribs due to the dry rub(never was a fan of it but Jamies recipes have always been a hit with all that I have made I decided to try it. This is now the only way I will eat BBQ ribs! Did not use the sauce because I already had PW's sauce already made. Great job and love the show! Down to earth!
    I liked the rub for the ribs however the sauce was just too acidic I remade the sauce using 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and it was very good.
    I usually boil my ribs then broil or BBQ with a sauce. This is the first time I use a rub. I did use more than what is called for. We loved it. The sauce was also very good. Will definitely keep this recipe and recommend to others.
    Really enjoyed the rub, didn't use the BBQ, don't care for a vinegar based barbcue sauce.
    These ribs were REALLY good!! And so easy to make! Everybody loved them!
    Easy, and SOOOO DELICIOUS!
    real good rub. the ribs was great too. thank you jamie
    Fantabulous recipe! I've never made ribs before this and was a little bit intimidated to do it BUT you made it super easy with a most desirable outcome.
     Our guests loved the ribs. This is now tucked away in my go-to recipe box.
     We all benefit from recipe sharing. =
    I made these for the first time last night, and they were OUTSTANDING! My husband raved about how great they were, and wanted to know when I was going to make them again.  
    They were so tender and juicy that the meat just fell off the bone. I will ABSOLUTELY make these again.  
    Thank you Jamie Deen!
    Finger Licking Good!
     Went exactly like the recipe said except I used a pre-made BBQ sauce for the grill because I was in a hurry. From my teenagers to grandma all gave it a thumbs up! My first time for cooking ribs. I will definitely make this again. I also put the ribs in a roasting pan with half inch water in the bottom. This not only cooked them but steamed them and when I put them on the grill they were already falling off the bone......YUMMMMMOOO
     Thank-you Janie Deen....You made mama proud!
    My rating is based on the ribs.  
    The rub and the cooking method could not have been easier. I used St. Louis style ribs. I baked them wrapped in foil for 1 1/2 hrs. I finished one rack on the grill with doctored up store bought bbq sauce. The other rack I basted with the sauce and finished under the broiler. Both were delish! It's a keeper.
    I used to see you show and I love it. The recipe is awesome.
     Only minor change in the sauce, I used less vinegar.
    SENSATIONAL sauce. I don't have an outside grill so I mad these in the oven and they were excellent. GOOD JOB
    I was a little intimidated about making ribs but when I watched Jamie's technique I decided to give it a try. Very easy and delicious. I halved the recipe and used a little less vinegar - yum!!! Mine were juicy but did not fall off the bone like others said. Should I have cooked them less/more in the oven? Shortened the time on the grill? I did use a stove to grill so maybe that effected it...
    I have never been so excited over a baby back rib recipe as I was for this one. Jamie has done himself proud. So easy and delicious.
     I did use barbecue sauce out of the bottle. But the ribs fell off the bone. Sooooooo very good. You must try. You won't be disappointed.
    Love the recipe. I used my smoker instead and smoked 2 hrs on low and then cooked ribs in sauce for 2 hrs at 250deg for 2 hrs. They were tender and delicious. My little ones loves them.
    This recipe is a keeper!! My whole family loved these ribs and the sauce. I will definately make these again. Thanks Jamie!
    These were amazing- both the ribs with the rub and the sauce. I thought the sauce was a little acidic to eat alone or as a topping after it was cooked. However, it was wonderful basted on the meat while grilling. This was pretty easy, also. Will be doing this again soon. Will also probably make the homemade BBQ sauce again but use a little less cider vinegar.
    This a keeper for us. We did the ribs first and the flavor and tenderness was perfect. Tonight we tried the rub and sauce on a pork tenderloin it was great but the ribs were over the top. Next our plan is to try it all on chicken. Nothing needs changing. Absolute perfection. 
    Fabulous and easy! Great flavor!
    These are truly the best ribs. I also thought there was a lot of apple cider vinegar but once you 
    reduce and then baste the ribs, this barbeque sauce was perfect. Actually made all the dishes in this show and they sure were a hit. The chewy toffee bars we served warm (20 secs in microwave with french vanilla ice cream. Yummy! Not too sweet either.
    I haven't tasted the ribs yet. Will tonight. However, the bbq is extremely acidic. I recommend lowering the amount of apple cider vinegar!!!!!
    I have made ribs numerous times but these were the best I have ever made and I didn't even use Jamie's BQ sauce - I just used our favorite bottled sauce. I think the rub is what makes them taste really good. I hope to try them with Jamie's sauce next time.
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