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Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Barbecue ribs are a classic American dish that originated in the southern United States. The origins of barbecue can be traced back to Native American cooking techniques, where meat was slow-cooked over an open flame. Today, barbecue ribs are a popular dish enjoyed all over the world. In this recipe, we'll be making delicious barbecue ribs that are perfect for a family gathering or a weekend cookout.


  • 2 racks of pork baby back ribs

  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce (we recommend Sweet Baby Ray's)

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons of paprika

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Large baking sheet

  • Aluminum foil

  • Kitchen tongs

  • Meat thermometer

  • Oven or grill (we recommend using a grill for best results)

Calories and Allergy Concerns: This recipe serves 4 and each serving of ribs contains approximately 500 calories. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, be sure to check the ingredients in your barbecue sauce and adjust accordingly. You can also use a gluten-free or low-sodium barbecue sauce if needed.

Spicy Level: This recipe is not very spicy, but if you like your ribs with a kick, you can add some cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the spice rub.

Healthy Alternatives: If you're looking for a healthier alternative to pork ribs, you can use turkey ribs instead. You can also reduce the amount of brown sugar in the spice rub or use a sugar-free barbecue sauce.


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 375°F).

  2. Remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs by sliding a knife under the membrane and pulling it off.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

  4. Rub the spice mixture all over the ribs, making sure to coat them evenly.

  5. Place the ribs on a large baking sheet and cover them with aluminum foil.

  6. Bake the ribs in the oven at 325°F for 2-2.5 hours or until the meat is tender and pulls away from the bone.

  7. Remove the ribs from the oven and carefully transfer them to the grill using tongs.

  8. Brush the barbecue sauce onto the ribs and grill them for 5-10 minutes on each side or until they are caramelized and slightly charred.

  9. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the ribs has reached 145°F.

  10. Serve the ribs hot with your favorite side dishes.

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Additional Tips:

  • For a smokier flavor, you can add wood chips to your grill. Soak the wood chips in water for 30 minutes before placing them on the grill.

  • To make the ribs more tender, you can wrap them in aluminum foil halfway through the cooking process. This will help trap moisture and steam, which will make the meat more tender.

  • If you prefer dry rubs over barbecue sauce, you can skip the sauce and just use the spice rub. This will give the ribs a delicious and flavorful crust.

  • When removing the silver skin from the back of the ribs, use a paper towel to help grip the membrane and pull it off.

  • If you don't have a grill, you can still make these ribs in the oven. Just skip step 7 and continue baking the ribs in the oven until they are fully cooked.

  • Leftover ribs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, wrap the ribs in foil and place them in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy these delicious barbecue ribs with your favorite side dishes, such as corn on the cob, coleslaw, or baked beans. Happy cooking!

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