Easy Baby (Got) Back Ribs

Is BBQ a food group?!  I believe it should be – a lot of people would agree with me based on America’s obsession with BBQ cooking, restaurants and TV shows.  Baby back ribs are sometimes intimidating for people to cook at home, but they don’t have to be.  Whether braised, smoked, oven-baked or grilled I have a fool-proof method for tender ribs that will make you look like a pro!  The key takeaway from the recipe below is the method.  You can vary rubs and sauces, but by following these steps, you’ll always turn out competition-worthy ribs.




  • Remove ribs from packing and pat dry with paper towels.
  • On the back side of the ribs, insert a knife under the silver skin until you can grab enough of it with your hand.  Remove the entire silver skin from the back of the ribs to allow for better cooking and more tender meat.  It may be easier if you use a towel or paper towel to grab the silver skin.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the rack in half for easier cooking.
  • Generously sprinkle all sides of the ribs with your dry rub.  I love using Butt Rub, but there are tons of great dry rubs out there.  I’ll have a future post with several rub recipes you can make yourself!  Rub the seasoning into the meat well.
  • No matter your method of cooking, you want to take two steps.
    • First, place the ribs in a metal rack on your grill or on a cookie sheet for your oven and cook for 2 hours at 275 degrees.  On the grill, cook them over indirect heat – they will dry out and become tough on the outside.
    • After two hours, place both halves into a large piece of doubled-up foil.  Put butter and cider vinegar in the foil and seal completely.  Place back in the oven or on the grill for 1 hour.
  • Remove ribs from grill or oven and from foil wrap.  Discard foil and cooking juice.
  • The ribs are fully cooked and tender at this point.  I like to finish them over low direct flame on the grill and add sauce.  You can also sauce them in the oven if you prefer.  Either way, over the next 15-20 minutes, brush rib liberally with the sauce of your choice turning the ribs often to avoid burning.


Follow this method and you should turn out beautiful ribs that have tender meat pulling away from the bone!  I use one of our local Cincinnati favorites – Montgomery Inn BBQ Sauce for a rich sweet flavor.  Try these with your own local favorite or homemade sauce.  I’ll have a few recipes in future posts for that too!  Send me pictures and stories of your best effort – I’m sure you’ll wow friends and family with this recipe…


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