Classic BBQ Ribs Recipe

This recipe makes fall-off-the-bone ribs bursting with smoky BBQ flavor. You can prepare them in the oven or on the grill for a delicious and satisfying meal.


  • 1 rack baby back ribs (about 3 pounds)
  • For the rub:
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • For the sauce:
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Prep the Ribs (Optional):
    • Remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs if desired. You can do this by inserting a butter knife under the membrane and peeling it back with pliers.
  2. Make the Rub:
    • In a small bowl, combine all the rub ingredients.
  3. Season the Ribs:
    • Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Generously coat the ribs on all sides with the rub.
  4. Cooking Method (Choose one):Oven Method: * Preheat oven to 225°F (107°C). Wrap the ribs tightly in aluminum foil. * Bake for 2-2½ hours, or until the ribs are tender and starting to pull away from the bone.Grill Method: * Preheat your grill to 225°F (107°C). If using a gas grill, preheat with the lid closed for 10 minutes, then turn off one burner to create an indirect heat zone. * Place the ribs on the cooler side of the grill (indirect heat) and smoke for 2-2½ hours, or until the ribs are tender and starting to pull away from the bone. You can add soaked wood chips to the smoker box for extra smoke flavor.
  5. Make the Sauce (While the ribs cook):
    • In a saucepan, whisk together all the sauce ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 10-15 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  6. Glaze the Ribs (Optional):
    • During the last 30 minutes of cooking, remove the ribs from the oven or grill and brush them with the BBQ sauce. You can repeat this every 10 minutes for a thicker glaze.
  7. Rest and Serve:
    • Once the ribs are cooked through and tender, remove them from the heat and let them rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting into individual ribs. Serve with additional BBQ sauce for dipping, if desired.

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