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Baby Back Ribs

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Baby back ribs are an all-time favorite! The tantalizing aroma rising from your grill will have friends and family salivating in anticipation. This baby back ribs recipe produces tender fall-off-the-bone goodness. Expect your crowd to come back for seconds!

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BABY BACK RIBS

Grilling ribs is a very simple process. No experience is needed! My secret weapon for making tender, juicy BBQ ribs that really impress: Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Ribs. With this #teamfast recipe you’ll spend less time cooking and more time enjoying a flavorful meal with your family.

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INGREDIENTS FOR BBQ RIBS

All you’ll need for scrumptious BBQ ribs are 5 simple ingredients. Everything is available at your local Walmart.

  • Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs
  • BBQ sauce
  • Spice rub for ribs
  • Limes
  • Fresh cilantro

EXPERT NOTE: Smithfield ribs are hand trimmed. They contain no added hormones or steroids, which is important for my family and yours!

Ingredients for making BBQ ribs: baby back ribs, BBQ sauce, spice rub, limes and cilantro.

BABY BACK RIBS RECIPE

When it comes to BBQ ribs, this is the best baby back ribs recipe. Here’s how to cook them the #teamfast way, starting in the oven and ending on the grill!

PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350°F. With the back side of the ribs facing up, take a knife and loosen up an edge of the silver membrane. With a paper towel, grip it firmly. Pull it up and off in one long strip.

  1. APPLY SAUCE & SPICES: Line a large baking sheet with an oversized piece of thick aluminum foil, shiny side down. Lay meaty side of the ribs face down in the middle of the foil. Squeeze lime juice over the ribs. Wait 2-3 minutes for the citrus juice to soak in. Brush BBQ sauce over the ribs. Generously sprinkle on the spice rub. Turn the rack of ribs over and repeat.
  2. START BBQ RIBS IN OVEN: Tent the meat by creating a foil packet. Bake for 1 hour and 10/15 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 190°F when inserted into multiple areas near the bone and away from the bone. Remove from oven.
  3. FIRE UP THE GRILL! Set outdoor grill to medium heat. Remove rack of ribs from foil and transfer it to the grill.
  4. FINISH BABY BACK RIBS ON GRILL: Grill for 15 minutes, turning ribs frequently and brushing with more BBQ sauce. 

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HOW TO SLICE BBQ RIBS

  1. Remove ribs from grill. Transfer to a cutting board.
  2. Allow the rack to rest for 10 minutes. This is important for tender juicy ribs! It will give the natural juices on the surface a chance to deeply penetrate the meat.
  3. Use a sharp knife to slice the ribs between the bones.
  4. Transfer to a serving tray and garnish with freshly-chopped cilantro!

A rack of BBQ Ribs being sliced with a knife on a wooden cutting board.

EXPERT TIPS FOR BABY BACK RIBS

  • Thickness not weight determines the actual time needed to cook and grill BBQ ribs. They’re done once they reach an internal temperature of 190°F. 
  • For food safety, invest in a good-quality digital thermometer. Don’t depend on the dial thermometer that’s on your grill. It may be off by 50°F or more.
  • When ribs are on the grill, flip them often. This helps the flat of ribs cook evenly on both sides, and helps prevent the grates from producing excessive black grill marks across the surface of the meat.
  • How many ribs per serving? Count on 3-4 ribs for the average eater. Heartier appetites may require 5-6 ribs. 

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Rack of BBQ ribs on a silver serving platter surrounded by cilantro and limes.

Baby Back Ribs


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Description

Nothing says summer like a rack of delicious, grilled, baby back ribs! To satisfy your hungry crowd, this baby back ribs recipe starts in the oven and finishes on the grill. Say hello to tender, juicy BBQ ribs. The meat just falls off the bone!


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Ingredients

  • 1 rack Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs®
  • BBQ sauce
  • Spice rub for ribs
  • 2 Limes (plus extra limes for serving)
  • Fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F . Loosen membrane on the back of the ribs with a knife. Remove it by pulling it back and off with your fingers and a paper towel.
  2. Line a large baking tray with an oversized piece of aluminum foil. Place ribs bone side up on the foil. Cut limes in half. Squeeze lime juice over the ribs. Wait 2-3 minutes for the citrus juice to soak in. Brush BBQ sauce over the ribs. Generously sprinkle the ribs with spice rub. Turn the rack of ribs over and repeat.
  3. Tent the meat:  lift the edges of the foil up and over the meat and create a foil packet. Bake for 1 hour and 10/15 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 190°F  when inserted into multiple areas near the bone and away from the bone. Remove from oven.
  4. Preheat outdoor grill. Remove rack of ribs from the foil and transfer it to the grill. Grill ribs for 15 minutes over medium heat, turning frequently and brushing with more BBQ sauce as desired. Remove from heat and transfer to a cutting board. Allow ribs to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with freshly-chopped cilantro!

Notes

EXPERT TIPS FOR BABY BACK RIBS

  • Thickness not weight will determine the actual cooking time needed for BBQ ribs. Ribs are done when they reach an internal temperature of 190°F.
  • For food safety, invest in a good-quality digital thermometer. Don’t depend on the dial thermometer that’s on your grill. It may be off by 50°F or more.
  • When ribs are on the grill, flip them often. This helps the flat of ribs cook evenly on both sides, and helps prevent the grates from producing excessive black grill marks across the surface of the meat.
  • How many ribs per serving? Count on 3-4 ribs for the average eater. Heartier appetites may require 5-6 ribs.
  • Category: BBQ Dinner
  • Method: Oven + Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Ribs

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27 thoughts on “Baby Back Ribs”

  1. This recipe is so perfect for summer! My hubby-to-be loves ribs, so I have to try this recipe out sometime soon!

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