Foolproof Baby Back Ribs

There are as many rib recipes as there are cooks. ┬áThis seems to be something people customize and stand by for years. Also, “nobody’s ribs are as good as mine” is the standard mentality.

I think there are pretty good, are they the best ever? No – but they’re good!

If you’re looking for a really good Rib Rub – Try my Dry Rub Recipe!

Foolproof Baby Back Ribs

Author Carrie Hill


Rib Rub:

  • Dry Rub Recipe


  • Favorite BBQ Sauce


  1. Lay your ribs out on a double wide piece of foil - you want enough to wrap them up tight
  2. Sprinkle the rub ingredients liberally all over - you don't really need to measure - just make sure things are covered. Then rub the spices around really well into all the nooks and crannies
  3. Wrap the ribs up tight in the foil - refrigerate for about 6-7 hours if you can - if not 3-4 hours will work

Grill Method:

  1. Heat your grill medium/low (about 325 deg)
  2. Place the ribs, foil and all, in the middle of your grill and flip them every 15 minutes for about an hour - you don't want them to burn, but you want them to cook through.
  3. When the ribs look cooked through (use your meat thermometer and cook them to 165 degrees) remove them from the foil and place them directly on the grill grate for 10 minutes on each side.
  4. At the end of the last 10 minutes, use a brush or BBQ Mop to baste on your favorite BBQ Sauce. First baste the top and let cook, that side up for about 5 minutes, then flip and baste the next side and cook for 5 minutes - depending upon your time, you can do this a few times to build layers of flavor. If you don't have time, that's ok.

Oven Method:

  1. Place ribs on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 1 hour, when they're cooked through, remove from foil and place directly on the cookie sheet, let cook on each side for 10 more minutes, then start basting each side very 5 minutes as in the method above.