Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

When I was younger, I didn’t think that I liked baby back ribs or BBQ ribs in general. However, not liking ribs changed when I got married and wanted to impress my husband. I started looking around for a good recipe and stumbled across the Top Secret Restaurant Recipes Cookbook by Todd Wilbur. In the cookbook there were a few different recipes for Tony Roma’s Baby Back Ribs.


I combined a few recipes and tweaked this and that. The result was a very happy husband and a recipe that I have used over and over again. I became a rib lover.

BBQ Ribs


The tricks to making mouth watering ribs is to make the homemade BBQ sauce, marinate the ribs in the homemade BBQ sauce for 24 hours, and cooking it low and slow.

With love from my kitchen to yours,


Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

4 lbs of baby back ribs

Homemade Barbecue sauce (recipe below)

Heavy duty aluminum foil


1. Cut 2 pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil that are 6 inches longer than the ribs for each rack of ribs. Coat the baby back ribs front and back with the homemade barbecue sauce.

2. Lay the 2 strips of aluminum foil over lapping by 3 inches. Place the rack of ribs on top of the foil. Carefully wrap the foil around the ribs making sure that the foil is completely covered. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and place them in the refrigerator and marinate for 24 hours.

3. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the baking sheet with the foil wrapped ribs in the oven and bake for 2  1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat starts to shrink back from the cut end of the bones by a 1/2 inch.

4. Remove the ribs from the oven and smother one side of the ribs with barbecue sauce. Be sure to save some of the barbecue sauce for later. Place smothered side of the ribs face down on a hot grill. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes or until you start to see charred spots on the ribs. Be careful not to burn them!

5. Smother the side facing you with more barbecue sauce. Flip the cooked side of the ribs over and grill for an other 3 to 4 minutes.

6. Remove the ribs from the grill and serve them hot with a side of the barbecue sauce.


Barbecue Sauce

1 cup of ketchup

1  1/2 cups of red wine vinegar

1 cup of Molasses

1/2 cup of honey

1  1/2 tsp. of liquid smoke

1/3 cup of brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. of garlic powder

1/4 tsp. of onion powder


1. Combine all the ingredients into a sauce pan over high heat. Whisk the ingredients until smooth.

2. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes or until the barbecue sauce thickens. Let barbecue sauce cool completely.

*If the barbecue sauce gets too thick, you can thin it down with vinegar.

This recipe is inspired by the Top Secret Restaurant Recipes Cookbook.




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