Baby Back Ribs

I want my baby-back baby-back baby-back baby-back baby-back baby-back baby- back…Barbecue Sauce! Am I the only one who sings this old Chili’s jingle in my head whenever I’m in the presence of ribs? Don’t answer that, I probably am.

Have you ever asked the chef at a BBQ joint for his rub recipe…most will laugh in your face or tell you they’d have to kill you. What’s with all the secrecy and paranoia? Lucky for us, Alton Brown is of the sharing kind. Sharing is caring people!

The rub comes down to a simple math equation. 8:3:1:1 8 parts of brown sugar, 3 parts of salt, 1 part of chili powder and 1 part of anything you’d like, that fits your personal taste. You could  just repeat one part of the brown sugar, salt or chili powder if you can’t decide on one yourself. You could also add a bunch of different spices together, as long as the blend is equal to one part. Notice I say part and not a measurement, because if each part is the same size, you can use any measuring device big or small. This method is very forgiving and very easy. Keep the same ratio and you can make your own rub in not time! Here’s Alton’s favorite mix.

IMG_1257Add all your 8:3:1:1 part spices to a bowl and mix

IMG_1261Rub both sides of your ribIMG_1263

Cover with aluminum foil and park in the refrigeration for at least an hour or overnight. I prefer overnight, so you really give the meat time to absorb all that flavor.
IMG_1281Add your braising liquid (wine, vingegar, worchestershire, honey and garlic) into a container and microwave on high for minute.
IMG_1282Open your rib foiled package and pour all the braising liquid in. Cover back up and cook at 225 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. Low and Slow!

Once it’s finished cooking, carefully pour all the braising liquid and leftover juices into a pot over medium heat. Cook until liquid has reduced to a thick syrup consistency. Brush this over the top of the ribs.IMG_1288Put back in the oven, under the broiler, just until the glaze caramelizes lightly

Hello there, I’ve been waiting 2 1/2 hours for you! IMG_1293

Plate and devour! Have you wet wipes handy, things are gonna get messy 🙂 Definitely Good Eats!

Baby Back Ribs

Printable Recipe


2 whole slabs pork baby back ribs

Dry Rub:
8 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon jalapeno seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon rubbed thyme
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Braising Liquid:

1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 cloves garlic, chopped


Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Place each slab of baby back ribs on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, shiny side down. Sprinkle each side generously with the dry rub. Pat the dry rub into the meat. Refrigerate the ribs for a minimum of 1 hour. In a microwavable container, combine all ingredients for the braising liquid. Microwave on high for 1 minute.

Place the ribs on a baking sheet. Open one end of the foil on each slab and pour half of the braising liquid into each foil packet. Tilt the baking sheet in order to equally distribute the braising liquid. Braise the ribs in the oven for 2 1/2 hours.

Transfer the braising liquid into a medium saucepot. Bring the liquid to a simmer and reduce by half or until of a thick syrup consistency. Brush the glaze onto the ribs. Place under the broiler just until the glaze caramelizes lightly. Slice each slab into 2 rib bone portions. Place the remaining hot glaze into a bowl and toss the rib portions in the glaze.

*This recipe makes several batches of dry rub. If more rub is needed, it can be extended by any amount, as long as the ratio of 8:3:1:1 remains the same.
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