Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

Tug Off the Bone Tender ...Delicious

This recipe for Barbecue Baby Back Ribs creates a "tug-off-the-bone tender" and delicious meal.

Why "tug" instead of "fall?" Click here for an explanation.

There are three things that make this a favorite restaurant recipe:

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The seasoning ingredients must be well blended and the barbecue sauce must simmer for an hour to make certain everything works in harmony. Great taste!

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Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Serves 6-8.


  • 6 pounds of baby back ribs
  • BBQ Seasoning (recipe below)
  • BBQ Sauce (recipe below)

The Seasoning:


  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)


Instructions for Seasoning:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until thoroughly blended

The Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 quart (32 ounces) ketchup
  • 1/4 pound brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 4-6 teaspoons white vinegar (or to taste)

 Instructions for BBQ Sauce:

  • Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally


Instructions for Grilling BBQ Baby Back Ribs:

  • Season both sides of the ribs with BBQ seasoning
  • Place the ribs on a sheet pan, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (over-night is better)
  • Heat grill to 350 degree F
  • Place ribs on the grill over the heat with the cover down
  • Grill for approximately 1 hour, turning the ribs once until caramelized on both sides
  • Turn the grill down to 300 degrees F and continue to cook with cover down for another one hour or until tender
  • Brush with BBQ sauce recipe on both sides and continue cooking until the meat is "tug"-off-the-bone" tender (about 30 minutes more)
  • Remove from the grill, making sure the ribs do not burn (a little charring is fine if you prefer)
  • Cut the racks into 5-6 ribs per serving

Enjoy your delicious baby back ribs and the company of those you share them with!


"Spare rib anyone?"

Adam     ;-)

                              Oh! You already enjoyed them! Good job!