BBQ Ribs

As the weather warms, the grills get cleaned and ready for the first BBQ. You can’t have a BBQ without ribs. Tender meat that falls off the bone smothered in BBQ sauce! (I’m drooling as I’m typing this. 😁) Because not everyone has a grill, I thought I would share an oven BBQ rib recipe. It is an easy recipe to follow and the results are almost grill worthy.

Ingredients for Dry Rub:

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (spread out on a baking sheet and let it dry out for 2 hours)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned salt
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1/2 cup smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup celery salt
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 2 tbsp dried sage
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ground mace
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves


Use a food processor and pulse until well mixed. ******Reserve 2 – 4 tbsp mix for BBQ sauce******

Ingredients for BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp dry rub mix


Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. If you like a lot of sauce on your ribs (finger lickin’ good) or extra for the table, DOUBLE the recipe.

Ingredients for BBQ Ribs:

  • 2 slabs Pork Baby Back Ribs
  • Dry Rub Mix
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cup Apple Juice
  • 1 cup Grape Juice


Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Generously apply the dry rub to the front and back of the rib racks. Gently pat to ensure the rub sticks to the ribs. Place the ribs meat side up on a broiler pan and bake for 2 1/2 hours. Remove the ribs from the oven and place each rib meat side down on aluminum foil (large enough to cover the entire rack top and bottom). Mix the fruit juices together and pour 1 cup on each rack. Seal each entire rib tightly in the aluminum foil and return to the oven for 1 hour. Remove the racks from the aluminum foil and place back on broiler pan meat side up and apply a generous amount of BBQ sauce to each rack. Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook for 30 minutes or until the BBQ sauce caramelizes. 




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