This baby back pork ribs recipe is super easy and low maintenance. Believe it or not, you can get the restaurant quality from your oven at home. I am sure you will put this on top of your favorite recipe list after the first trial.
Total Time: 3 Hours - 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Active Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes
Inactive Cook Time: 2.5 - 3 Hours
I never thought that I would cook this American classic myself. We always had this dish in a restaurant.
Before making this baby back pork ribs recipe, I seriously believed that it would be too much work and time to make a dinner like this at home. (Specially, if you have seen enough videos or TV shows of how these ribs cooked in a restaurant setting.) It was way better to step into a restaurant and enjoy the meal without too much mess, right? That had been my perception for a long time before making this dish on my own.
But what made me to do it myself? Well, we used to go to this restaurant quite often which claims that their ribs are their specialty, or best in town. However, we realized that the quality of their ribs fluctuated. Sometimes, they were really good. Sometimes, they were not even up to standard.
Hearing that same complaint from my husband over and over for so many times, I decided to give it a try to do it myself. Little did I expect that it is out of this world. It is way better than going into a restaurant to enjoy it.
What I like about this recipe is that if it is on a day when you stay at home, your oven does multi-tasking for you. Really? Really, no kidding. It makes the whole house smells good and feels cozy, especially on a cold, rainy day.
Throughout all these years, I learn that different people have different preference of BBQ sauce flavors. You sure can decide however you want it with this baby back pork ribs recipe. You can use any store bought brands, like I do here, or personalize your BBQ seasonings and sauce. What not to love, right?
Throughout the time when the ribs cooking in the oven, you can either relax or do other chores in your house. The “hardest” work you need to do with this dish is wrapping the ribs really tight with foil and then unwrap it before putting the ribs under the broiler. Your active cook time is to warm up the sauce for glazing and dipping later.
Believe me, when you see these easy BBQ baby back ribs serving on the table falling off the bones, you will be super proud of yourself. Once you take that first bite, you are going to plan for making it again soon.
Start cooking this easy BBQ baby back pork ribs recipe around 2pm on a weekend, it will be ready for dinner by 5:30-6pm.
If you plan on serving any side dish or a salad along, you have plenty of time to do so.
You can pair any store bought BBQ seasoning and BBQ sauce together. I personally paired many of them together at different times. This baby back pork ribs recipe always come out delicious. However, different people have different preference. For instance, my hubby and my son like the coffee BBQ rub with brown sugar flavored BBQ sauce. You can always put your personal touch on the flavor. If your are the beginner, start with the most basic flavor first.
The membrane at the back of the bone is edible. The reason why you want to remove it is for couple reasons, i.e. 1) presentation and 2) texture. For most westerners, the texture of that membrane is not very appetizing. It sometimes can take a while to find a spot where you can start peeling it off from the meat. Be patient. Once you found that spot, keep peeling.
I learned this trick online by seeing a chef pulling the membrane off of a rack of ribs in seconds. It was like magic to me. However, it took some time to perfect it. Here are a few tips for you if you want to do it this way:
3.5 lbs (1.59kg) Bone-In Baby Back Ribs (membrane removed and discard)
2 heaping tbsp BBQ Seasoning (of your preference; I use the coffee BBQ rub)
2 cups (15oz / 404g) BBQ sauce (any kind you want; I use Baby Ray brand Hickory and Brown Sugar)
¼ cup Water
2 heaping tbsp brown sugar (you can also use honey instead)
Salt and Pepper to taste
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Last Updated: Oct 24, 2023