the best Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Prize-Winning Baby Back Ribs

1 hr 35 mins
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Cooking baby back ribs on the grill is easy with this foolproof recipe!

Grilling baby back ribs is an art, and this foolproof recipe turns it into a masterpiece. The spice rub, infused with the warmth of cumin, chili powder, and paprika, elevates the flavor profile to barbecue perfection. Cooking on the grill adds that smoky charm we all love in good ribs. Your taste buds are in for a treat!

Cooking Ribs On the Grill

Looking for a detailed recipe on how to grill baby back ribs? Please take a look at the list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions provided below.

How to Cook Ribs On the Grill

When grilling baby back ribs, here’s a brief overview of what to expect:

  1. Make the spice rub.
  2. Trim the ribs, then season with the spice mix.
  3.  Follow the detailed recipe below to cook the ribs on the grill.
  4. Brush the grilled baby back ribs with barbecue sauce.
  5. Grill for five more minutes.

how to cook Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs Spice Rub

This recipe calls for a homemade spice rub made with cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to grill baby back ribs.

How long should I cook ribs on the grill?

It should take approximately an hour to grill the baby back ribs to perfection. You will know the ribs are ready when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 degrees Celsius).

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Baby Back Ribs recipe

How to Store Baby Back Ribs

Leftover baby back ribs can be stored in an airtight container for up to four days. To reheat, use an oven, grill, air fryer, or microwave.


A pretty good recipe with no extra ingredients. Of course, ribs cannot be considered the most diet-friendly meat, but if your goal is to gain weight, then this is an excellent main course option for you. And even if you are looking to lose weight while following a keto diet, this recipe will also work for you. I wouldn't recommend ribs for daily consumption as it can lead to an increase in cholesterol levels, but for the sake of variety in your diet, you can indulge in this once every 7-10 days without worrying about breaking your healthy eating routine.

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Prize-Winning Baby Back Ribs
Author:Vadim Rachok
Making mouth-watering ribs on the grill has never been easier with this foolproof recipe!
the best Baby Back Ribs Recipe
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
Ingredients you will need
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
3 pounds baby back pork ribs
1 cup barbeque sauce
Let’s start !

1 Preheat a gas grill for high heat or arrange charcoal briquettes on one side of the barbecue, and lightly oil the grate.


2 Combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small jar; close the lid and shake to mix.


3 To prepare the racks of ribs, first trim the membrane sheath located at the back of each rack. Use a small, sharp knife to separate the membrane from each rib and then snip it off as much as possible. Next, sprinkle the desired amount of the rub onto both sides of the ribs. Be careful not to thoroughly rub the spices into the ribs, as this may cause them to become too dark and spicy. Any unused spice mix can be stored in a jar for future use.


4 To prevent flare-ups and capture drippings, you can place aluminum foil on the lower rack. For cooking ribs, place them on the top rack of the grill, away from the coals if you’re using briquettes. After reducing the gas heat to low, close the lid and cook the ribs undisturbed for about an hour, or until the meat pulls away easily from the bone. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).


5 Brush the ribs with barbecue sauce and grill for an additional 5 minutes. Serve the ribs either as a whole rack or individually by cutting between each rib bone and piling on a platter.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 441
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g38%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 582mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 17g6%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Total Sugars 11g 
Protein 25g 
Vitamin C 2mg12%
Calcium 65mg5%
Iron 3mg14%
Potassium 469mg10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For extra tenderness and flavor, consider marinating the baby back ribs with the spice rub overnight. This allows the spices to penetrate the meat, creating a more complex and rich taste. Patience is the key to succulent ribs, so let them marinate in the fridge before the grill session. You'll be rewarded with ribs that are not only seasoned on the surface but infused with flavor throughout.

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