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

Baby Back Ribs

  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


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!


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


  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!



  • 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.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Category: BBQ Dinner
  • Method: Oven + Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Ribs