The Ultimate BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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This is the Ultimate BBQ Baby Back Rib Recipe! Cooked slow in the oven with a homemade spice rub, then finished on the grill with your favorite BBQ sauce. There’s nothing like fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs and this easy recipe is a summer show stopper!

bbq baby back ribs on a board with a bowl of bbq sauce

The BEST BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Welcome to GRILL WEEK here at Joyful Healthy Eats! I wanted to start the week off with a bang, so prepare yourselves!

As you all know by now I am pretty much a Grill Girl at heart. If it wasn’t so stinking hot all the time here in Texas I would grill every day. One of my favorite things to grill, besides pizza, is Baby Back Ribs. There is just nothing like fall off the bone Grilled BBQ Baby Back Ribs, and believe me these ribs will fall off the bone before they even get to the grill. They are amazing, hence the name –>  “The Ultimate BBQ Baby Back Ribs.”

I actually even  make these for our Christmas dinner too, because I can. And my family requests them every year!

overhead photo of the ultimate bbq baby back ribs

How to Prepare Baby Back Ribs

The trick to making your Ribs fall off the bone in my opinion has two parts: remove the silver skin and bake them long and slow. (meaning at a low temperature for a long time) My mouth is literally watering as I’m talking about these. Once you taste them you’ll understand the extent of there deliciousness and why my mouth waters just talking about them. 

So … ready… go get you some Ribs and I’ll walk you through the process!

How to remove the silverskin or membrane from baby back ribs?

Removing the silverskin is easier than you think. Pork ribs have a membrane that’s located on the back of the ribs. It does not have to be removed, but if you do it will make your ribs more flavorful and tender aka fall of the bone! To remove flip the ribs over and slide a knife under the silverskin anywhere along the rack. If it resists in one spot, just find another spot. Lift the silverskin up and loosen it with the knife until you can get a good grip on it. Then pull the silverskin off the ribs; it should just peel away in a large sheet. If the silverskin breaks, use your knife to restart at another section and repeat the process.

How many Baby Back Ribs per person?

With Ribs being your main entree I typically plan on each person eating 1/2 rack of ribs, so a full rack of ribs would feed 2-3 people. 

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overhead photo of the ultimate baby back ribs with bbq sauce all over it

How to Cook Baby Back Ribs 

  1. To get started, preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Remove the membrane or silverskin from the bottom side of the ribs.
  3. Season both sides of ribs with homemade spice rub and place in a roasting pan or 13″x9″ baking dish. 
  4. Add cubed onion and 3 garlic cloves to the pan as well as 1 cup of water. Cover pan with tin foil and bake for 3 hours.
  5. Remove from oven and place ribs on medium heat grill. 
  6. Slather with your favorite BBQ Sauce and grill each side 5-7 minutes. Remove from grill and serve.

So as you can see, I cook my ribs in both the oven and the grill. I find that cooking them in the oven before hand really breaks down the meat and leaves you with a “fall of the bone” tender rib. But slathering them with BBQ sauce and searing them on the grill to lock in all the flavors, well, that just screams summer to me.  

overhead photo of spice rubs baby back ribs in a dish with onions

This BBQ Baby Back Rib Recipe is tried and true. I’ve been making it for probably 10 years now and my mom has used the oven grill method since I can remember. My favorite part about this entire recipe is the homemade rub I use, the spices totally enhance the flavor of the ribs and take them to the next level.

In my opinion, I can never make ribs again without this rub! P.S. there’s subtle hints of cinnamon in it! Sooo good!

I know without a shadow of a doubt you are going to be blown away by this recipe. So make sure its’ on your MUST MAKE list.

Bon Appetit friends and Happy Monday!

What goes with Baby Back Ribs?

side photo of the ultimate bbq baby back ribs

side photo of the ultimate bbq baby back ribs

The Ultimate BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours 40 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


BBQ baby back ribs cooked slow on the grill with a homemade spice rub + your favorite BBQ sauce. This is the Ultimate BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe, with ribs that are tender & flavorful meat that falls right off the bone!



  • 3 Full Racks of Pork Loin Ribs {Baby Back}
  • 1 large bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

Spice Rub Blend:

  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 1 T. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled & cut into wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Remove the membrane or silverskin from the bottom side of the ribs. (see photo above) Flip over the rib rack so you are looking at the bottom side (the side without the meat.) Go to one end of the rib rack, using a knife slide it under the silverskin and pull. It should peel right off in one swipe. Once you have removed this part from all 3 full racks, set them aside and prepare the spice rub.
  3. In a small bowl, mix garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
  4. Next, rub this spice blend on the top side of each rack and place racks in two 13×9 baking dishes or in a roasting pan.
  5. Next, evenly spread the onion quarters and garlic cloves between the two baking dishes, placing the onions and garlic cloves on top of or underneath the racks of ribs.
  6. Lastly, add a 1/2″ of water to the bottom of each baking to dish. Completely cover each dish with aluminum foil. Place in oven and bake for 3 hours. {thats right.. you heard me… long and slow}
  7. Remove from the oven, discard the onions and garlic cloves. Place rack of ribs on medium heat grill with bottom side facing down. Grill each side for 5-7 minutes.
  8. Slather each side of the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  9. Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for 5-10 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 rack
  • Calories: 357
  • Sugar: 16 g
  • Sodium: 1100 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 22 g
  • Cholesterol: 75 mg

Keywords: baby back ribs, how to make baby back ribs, homemade baby back ribs, how to grill baby back ribs, homemade baby back ribs spice blend, homemade spice rub

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43 Responses
  1. Looks delish, Krista! It’s time to grill out and I was just saying yesterday that I want ribs! Need to try this1
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    1. It so is the best. I am a sucker for that stuff. 🙂 Glad you stopped by Elizabeth, I will head over and check out the roundup! 🙂 Thanks for the invite.

  2. Tomorrow Amazon will be delivering my first grill – Ever. A whole new grill world is about to open up to me. Thank you for this tutorial – it’s very helpful. Oh, btw, I found you at Anyonita Nibles’ Tasty Tuesdays.


    1. Woo Whoo!!! I’m excited for you! You will love it! Can’t wait to see the grilling recipes you come up with. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by Michele, I hope you have a great rest of the week.

    1. OH girl!!! I got grilling inspiration all right. I just hope you can handle it…hehe. Thanks for stopping by Marilyn, I hope you have a great rest of the day.

  3. Delicious! 🙂 I love baby backs! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

  4. Kelly

    I made these last night, they were the best ribs I have ever had. The meat fell off the bone. This will be my rib recipe forever. Thanks again.

  5. Naomi

    Broke out the grill and tried this today – wow! This is my new favorite baby back ribs recipe. Loved your spice rub too. Thanks!

  6. I came drooling because of your recipe. It such favorable and viusable. I will start this BBQ weekend with your recipe.
    thank you again

  7. Can’t ever get enough BBQ! This sounds like a great sweet and tangy flavor – what a fantastic idea. Looks tender, tasty and tantalizing – can’t wait to cook ’em up

  8. Jade Manning

    I have never made my own Ribs, I will now with these simple and straight forward recipe, they look mouthwatering!

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