Sunday, October 17, 2010

Quick Baby Back Ribs.

I can't hear the words Baby Back Ribs without starting to sing the Chili's commercial jingle..."baby back ribs..bbq sauce."  This is quick and easy.  I'm going to give two different ways to cook it that depend on what you have available: gas grill or charcoal.  {singing} baby back ribs...bbq sauce {/singing}


  • 1 cup mesquite chips, soaked
  • 1 (2 pound) slab baby back pork ribs (make sure membrane is removed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika (or regular if you don't have Hungarian)
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder (or regular if you don't have ancho, but it won't taste as good)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce


  1. Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat - a pile of charcoal on one side, nothing under the food. Once it is going, throw some soaked mesquite woodchips on it.
  2. Remove the membrane from the ribs if the butcher has not already. Combine the salt, pepper, paprika, chile powder and thyme; rub onto the ribs. Cut the slab of ribs in half.
  3. Place the ribs over indirect heat, and close the lid. Cook for 20 minutes, then brush with barbeque sauce. Cover, and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
 alternate directions for gas grill:  we cook them in the oven at 500 for 15 minutes, then on the grill for 15.  It won't have the mesquite flavor, but will still be awesome. 


  1. im so hungry and this looks soo delicious!

  2. Yeeesssss!!!! Baby back ribs!!!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. The ribs aren't already marinated? I can't find clean ribs anywhere. I live in Norway btw.
    I usually make mine on an electrical grill. It's not the same, but it'll do if the weather sucks and you really want ribs :P

  4. @frankie, we buy a pig every year and get it butchered. We have a deep freeze in the garage where we store all the wonderful pig parts (BACON) until we need them. We also get 1/2 a cow every year. You may want to talk to a butcher shop. It may cost a little more, but it's so worth it!

  5. Sounds tasty, so hard to find good ribs!

  6. these look amazing. I shouldn't be so hungry right before bed