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BBQ Baby Back Ribs

May 25, 2012

Before I worked at Friday’s, there were ingredients that intimidated the hell out of me. One of them was ribs. I didn’t know how to cook them, so I STAYED AWAY.

baby back ribs

The truth is, baby back ribs are so ridiculously easy to make! You can get spectacular, reliable results with just a few ingredients and a little time.

Tools you’ll need:

  • A sheet pan / cookie sheet to fit the ribs – it must have a rim around the perimeter
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven Preheated to 350F
  • Grill or Grill Pan

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • At least one rack of baby back ribs
  • One cup of liquid per cookie sheet (water, chicken stock, beer)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning per rack of ribs(or a similar spice blend)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke per cookie sheet
  • 1 Cup of your favorite BBQ sauce per rack of ribs

baby back ribs

I served my ribs with The Sexy Coleslaw by Gotham Home Table. It’s a unique slaw employing bitter radicchio and licorice-like fennel that plays nice with the rich barbeque of the ribs. So good! Crack open your favorite beer, and enjoy the long Memorial weekend!

Ridiculously Easy Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs
By Natalie Wiser-Orozco
Published: May 25, 2012
This method for cooking baby back ribs will give you spectacular results every time!


1 Rack Baby Back Ribs
One Cup Water, chicken stock, or beer
2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning (or a similar spice blend)
1/4 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
1 Cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

Start by pre-heating the oven to 350°F, and set the cookie sheet on the counter. With the cookie sheets I have, for instance, I can fit two racks of ribs if you feel like doubling the recipe. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning on each side of the ribs, making sure the ribs are well coated. Carefully pour the water/chicken stock/beer and liquid smoke into the cookie sheet, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Carefully pick up the cookie sheet containing ribs and liquid and gently place in the oven. Forget about it for an hour and 15 minutes. Once the time is up, remove from the oven, and remove the aluminum foil. Let the ribs cool for about 10 minutes, then slather 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce on each side. At this point, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to grill them up! This is a great way to get some of the work out of the way before your Memorial Day party! Get that grill fired up, and place the ribs on the grill just long enough to get those beautiful grill marks, making sure the ribs are thoroughly heated, about 15 minutes. Voila! Easy ribs!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 1 rack of Baby Back Ribs

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  1. Angel
    May 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    My favorite Sepultura album!

  2. Brian
    May 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I looooove ribs. Your right, they are so easy to make. I need to buy some.

  3. Gotham Home Table
    May 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

    woo woo!!!! go go ribs!! thanks for the props on the sexy coleslaw, hope it stood up to your ribs which look great

  4. myfudo
    May 31, 2012 at 8:14 am

    My husband is a back ribs fan…we had our share of travelling from place to place just checking out the back ribs we have heard about from friends and neighbors. Now that we are both very busy, a homemade recipe will be great! Yum!

  5. CIndy
    December 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    LOVE these ribs. I made these several times this past year. My family loved them when I made a big bunch of them on a family vaca this past summer at Hilton Head. Big on taste small on effort. My kinda meal!

    • Natalie Wiser-Orozco
      January 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      That’s SO GREAT to hear Cindy!! I’m glad you’ve been able to enjoy them!

  6. Fred
    January 19, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Can I throw these back in the oven to finish them?

    • Natalie Wiser-Orozco
      January 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Hey Fred! If you have a broiler, I’d recommend placing the ribs under them to finish for 5-7 minutes on each side, until they get a nice char on them. If you don’t have a broiler, preheat the oven to 450F, and let them cook for about 5-10 minutes, just until they’re heated through and the sauce bubbles a bit. Hope that helps!! Just keep an eye on them so the sauce doesn’t burn, and you’ll be fine!

  7. Ryan
    June 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I’m making these ribs tonight. Wish me luck!

  8. Ryan
    June 18, 2013 at 5:45 am

    These came out perfectly. The girlfriend and I enjoyed. Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. Ryan
    July 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Back at these again tonight!


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