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Barbecue Ribs

Phew!  It’s been a busy couple weeks around here.  Can you tell?  Have you been missing me?  Or did you just give up and go elsewhere? Wahhhh!  Come back!  I’m here for you, I promise!

Barbecue Ribs

In fact,  I’m here for you with ribs.

I know.  Right?!  Rib therapy.  It’s a thing.  For reals.

At least in my house it is.

If I want to get in good with my family, like if I want wood chips laid, and landscaping weeded I make ribs.  If I want to say I love  you, without actually saying the words I love you (Which I have no problem with! I throw those 3 words around like nobodies business!) I make ribs.  If we have German peoples staying in our house I make ribs!  Cause if you didn’t know it German peoples love ribs, and beers, and chocolate. I love German peoples.   Especially these ones…..

entertaining ~ barbecue ribs

My German sister Andrea came to visit with her two little krauts…who aren’t so little anymore.  They come every couple of years to visit.  It’s fun.  We do lots of shopping, and eating, and beach walking, and eating, and sight-seeing, and eating.  We try to always have barbecue something at least once while they are here.

The best thing about these ribs is that you can make them up to two days ahead, store them in the refrig and throw them on the grill, add a few easy sides (see my suggestions below) and you’ve got yourself a finger licken’ good dinner!

Here’s how!  Oh and BTW the rib rub is something you might want to double up on and use on grilled pork chops and chicken too!  It’s a mighty fine rub if I do say so myself.  No packaging and selling it now, this is my secret recipe.

Well, I guess it’s not anymore.

But I trust you, I know you’ll do good by it.

Barbecue Ribs

Mix the rub ingredients together, and sprinkle them generously all over the ribs, and then give your ribs a little massage.  Not literally your ribs, but the baby back ribs that you are going to eat.  Silly goose.  However, you might be rubbing your ribs and moaning after you’re done eating.

Barbecue Ribs

Take heavy-duty plastic wrap, the Stretch-Tite brand is best, and cover your roasting pan tightly. If you do not feel comfortable with the plastic wrap method, you can also purchase Reynolds baking bags these work amazing as well.

Barbecue Ribs

Then cover the pan with aluminum foil.  I learned this trick on T.V., specifically Diners Drive-ins and Dives.  It creates a seal and keeps the meat tender and juicy.  Now bake your ribs for 3 hours at 300 degrees.

Barbecue Ribs

Uncover and either let cool and store and refrig for later or…… (can you tell I did some nibbling?  had to make sure they were good for our guests 😉 )

Barbecue Ribs

Fire up your grill and throw on da ribs!! Slather them in your favorite barbecue sauce, ours is Sweet Baby Rays original.  I buy it by the gallon.  It’s ridiculous.  My family could bath in it!!

Barbecue Ribs

There you have it!  So easy!  Serve them with your favorite sides, like Roasted PotatoesBaked BeansCole SlawCorn on the Cob.

It’s important to me that you are inspired to get around the table often with those you love! Sheila ~ specializing in Rib Therapy and Tastepeutic Massage ~ foo.D., M.D., RND, BVD

Barbecue Ribs

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 6 pounds Baby Back Ribs

Rib Rub

  • 1 1/2 Tblsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp Lawrys Season Pepper heaping
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Roasted Cumin regular cumin works as well
  • 1/2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder


  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Rays Original Barbecue Sauce or you can use your favorite


  • Mix all the rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Rinse ribs in cold water and pat dry with paper towel, lay ribs in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle all of the Rib Rub over the ribs and rub it in. Cover roaster with heavy duty plastic wrap making sure it’s tight over the pan not laying on ribs, then cover the plastic wrap with tight layer of aluminum foil. Bake for 3 hours at 300 degrees. Remove from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes before removing cover, there will be a lot of steam when you remove the foil, be careful not to burn yourself.
  • Place pre-baked ribs on grill over medium to low heat. Slather with your favorite barbecue sauce, shut lid of grill and allowing sauce to cook into and caramelize on the ribs.
    Cook time: approximately 15 minutes.
  • Remove ribs from grill using meat tongs. Cut into serving size portions, place on a platter for serving.


Serve with Roasted Potatoes, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Corn on the Cob.
Make Ahead: This recipe is easy to make up to two days in advance just cook the ribs in the oven, allow to cool, and refrigerate until ready to grill. Remove from refrigerator and allow to come up to room temp, place on grill slather in barbecue sauce and cook for 15 minutes over low heat or until ribs are heated through and sauce is getting nice and sticky on the meat!
Plastic wrap: If you don’t feel comfortable using the plastic wrap foil method of baking meat, then I would suggest you use Reynolds kitchen oven bags and skip the foil. These bags can be found near the plastic wrap and foil in your grocery store. 
Keyword baby back ribs, barbecue, bbq, grilling, meat, pork
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    1. If you use a heavy duty plastic wrap it seals around the edges but does not melt into your food, it creates a perfect seal. I was skeptical too, the only time it didn’t work for me was on vacation when I was using cheapy dollar store plastic wrap. If it makes you nervous, just using the foil works too, but it does allow some of the moisture to escape.