Sweet and tender BBQ Baby Back Ribs (Easy clean up)

Sweet and tender BBQ Baby Back Ribs (Easy clean up)

123 reviews, 4.8 star(s). 93% would make again

Ready in 2 hours 10 minutes

These Ribs are extreamly tasty and tender, Plus the method I use results in very little clean up time.

"EXCELLENT and EASY way to cook "meat falling off the bone" ribs. I made it even easier. I skipped all of the ingredients besides the ribs and BBQ sauce. I just squeezed some Sweet Baby Rays into the Aluminum Foil tent instead of apple cider, then put some more on the top during the "broil" stage. They were the best ribs I ever made. They were ready to broil in 1 hr., 40 min. Yum!"


1 Full slab Pork baby back ribs
sweet baby rays BBQ sauce; or your choice of BBQ sauce
2 cup Apple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Honey
Chipotle Tabasco sauce; OPTIONAL
Dry Rub - equal parts:
Brown sugar
Garlic powder

Original recipe makes 4 Servings

Original recipe makes 4 Servings Servings


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Pre-Heat oven to 400 F (Cook at 350 F) If you are going to finish off the ribs under the broiler instead of the grill make sure you take the broiling pan out of the oven.

Prep rack of ribs by removing the thin fatty membrane from the underside of the ribs, simply use a knife to lift a corner of the membrane up, and use a paper towel to grip it and pull the membrane up and off the underside of the ribs.

To start lay a double layer of extra wide heavy duty aluminum foil down on your counter (or table) they should be about 1x longer than the rack so you have plenty of foil to fold and seal the ends .

Coat both sides of the rack generously with the BBQ dry rub (equal parts brown sugar, smoked paprika, and garlic salt) and place the rack in the middle of the aluminum foil, fold up the long sides like a tent and fold together a few times to seal the seam leaving the foil slightly tented. Now fold one end a few times to seal, holding the package at a slight angle (open end up), take 1 cup of apple juice (save the other cup for the sauce) and pour it into the open end so that it pours underneath the ribs, then fold end to seal the package up compleatly (Make sure to seal package up nice and tight to prevent any leaks or steam escaping). Place sealed package on a cookie sheet or baking pan to help with moving them in and out of the oven.

NOTE: I Usually prep the rib's the night before to let the ribs soak up the flavor of the dry rub and apple juice, then when its time to cook just throw the "package" into the oven.

NOTE: Multiple Racks of ribs: You can choose to place the ribs into a shallow baking pan with a lid (or sealed with foil) instead of individually sealing each one in its own aluminum foil tent, however I have tried both, and I get far better results sealing each rack individually, in my opinion its worth the extra effort.

Cook in oven at 350 F for 2 hours

After Ribs have been baking for 2 hours take them out and carefully open the package (be carefull the steam and juices will be very hot).

NOTE: Now is a good time to cover your broiler pan with some more heavy duty foil (for easy clean up).

Mix BBQ Sauce, apple juice, Brown sugar, and honey, (If you want a little Kick add some Chipotle Tabasco sauce) and generously cover the ribs with the mixture on both sides. Place rack in the broiler on high for about 7 minutes or until the sauce is just SLIGHTLY charred (WARNING, it is important to watch the ribs closely during this step, if left in direct heat for even 1 minute to long you will burn the ribs and that does not make for tasty ribs).

OPTIONAL; Or if it is more convenient or desireble, this last step can also be done on a out door grill, I love finishing off my ribs on the grill because I usually grill corn on the cob so the grill is going anyways.

Repeat steps for each additional rack of ribs. I have found that 4 full racks fit into a standard oven pretty good.


This recipe is fairly easy and when done right, makes some fantastic ribs that you would have to go to a professional BBQ smoke house to find better.

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tender ribs. basted in beer. excellent!

My slabs of ribs. Awesome recipe.

It's so easy and with great result!

Got this rib recipe off big oven it was awesome.

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I will never make them any other way now. Delicious maybe next time less brown sugar but yummy. I did however bake them at 225 degrees for 3 hours and finish on big green egg.
Ajkingsley 5m ago

This is the best rib recipe! My family loves them! Thanks for the share!!!!
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Mis 6m ago

Great Recipe... if I can i always use Apple Cider in place of the juice, adds a bit of tanginess to the apple flavor... and Always finish then on the BBQ.. for a fancy finish add a smoker to your grill just prior to if u like a smokey flavor
cccalberta 8m ago

Great easy recipe! Love it!
Sessi 9m ago

Best ribbs ever
rudimarx 1y ago

Simple, flavorful and quite good. I may try this in an oven bag next time.
smakepeace 1y ago

I've finally found the secret to perfect ribs! These were WONDERFUL!
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