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Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Grilled Baby Back Ribs are simple to make on your backyard grill and it’s so easy to achieve smoky and delicious ribs that will rival your favorite bbq restaurant! 

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We grill ribs at least one or twice a month and we always grill at least 2 racks of ribs. Our favorite seasoning is our classic Pork Rub and you can slather them with our Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce if you like. 

Platter of baby back ribs with bbq sauce cups and green onions.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Baby Back Ribs ~ Spare ribs will work with this recipe also. 
  • Olive Oil ~ Helps the rub stick to the ribs and also gives the ribs a good crust while cooking at a low temperature.
  • Pork Rub ~ Our favorite blend of spices for any pork recipe. You can substitute your favorite.

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How to Grill Baby Back Ribs:

patting ribs dry with paper towels

  • Pat the ribs dry using paper towels. 

Dry rubbed ribs - 2 racks.

  • Coat in olive oil and sprinkle with a generous amount of rub. 
  • Set aside while you build your grill fire. We cooked these on our custom stick burner grill, using hickory logs and a bit of lump charcoal. 
  • Place the ribs on the grill over indirect fire and cook with the lid closed for about 1 hour 30 minutes. 
  • Check with a digital meat thermometer, continue cooking until the ribs reach 190° – 205°. 

2 racks grilled baby back ribs.

  • Remove from grill and allow to rest about 15 minutes. before slicing.

Sliced baby back ribs on a cutting board.

  • Move to a cutting board and slice with a sharp knife. 

Closeup of platter of sliced baby back ribs, green onions, bowls of sauce.

How to Store and Reheat:

  • Store ribs wrapped in a couple layers of plastic wrap in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Add a layer of foil or place in a vacuum seal bag to freeze up to 3 months.
  • Reheat sliced ribs in a covered skillet with 1 tablespoon of water, flip after 3 minutes and continue to cook until heated through. Ribs can also be reheated in a 350° oven on a sheet pan, wrapped in foil for about 15- 20 minutes. 

More Delicious Rib Recipes to Try:

Best Side Dishes for Ribs:

Platter of sliced ribs with sauce.

Fire up the grill this weekend and give these Grilled Baby Back Ribs a try. They are tender, juicy and so flavorful with our homemade pork rub. Make 2 racks to feed a crowd or for amazing leftovers to enjoy later in the week. 

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Platter with sliced baby back ribs, green onions, 2 bowls of sauce.
Yield: 2 Racks Ribs

Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Grilled Baby Back Ribs are simple to make on your backyard grill and it's so easy to achieve smoky and delicious ribs that will rival your favorite bbq restaurant! 

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place ribs on a rimmed sheet pan and pat dry using paper towels.
  2. Brush the meaty side of the ribs with olive oil and sprinkle with pork rub.
  3. Allow ribs to rest while you prepare the grill to 250° using hickory or pecan for smoke flavor.
  4. Place the ribs, meaty side up over indirect fire. Cook with the grill closed for about 1 hour 15 minutes. Check the ribs with a digital meat thermometer and continue to cook until ribs reach between 190° to 205°.
  5. Remove to a clean sheet pan and allow to rest about 15 minutes. Move to a cutting board and slice to serve.

Notes

Store ribs wrapped in 2 layers of plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Add an additional layer of foil or use a vacuum seal bag to store in the freezer up to 3 months.

Reheat sliced ribs in a covered skillet with a tablespoon of water over medium heat. Turn after about 3 minutes and continue to cook until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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