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Sweet & Smokey Ribs with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Prep Time:

30 Minutes

Cook Time:

2 Hours 30 Minutes




About the Recipe

This smoked pork ribs recipe includes a sweet and spicy rub - simply apply the rub and let it sit overnight, then slow roast in the oven the next day. These oven baked ribs cook low-and-slow and then finish on the grill, to give them that delicious, smoky BBQ flavor.


For the Rub:

  • ¼ C. smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp. onion powder

  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder

  • ½ tsp. dried thyme

  • Mix and set aside and make the BBQ sauce.

  • For the BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 C. ketchup

  • 1 C. water

  • ½ C. packed brown sugar

  • 1/3 C. granulated sugar

  • 1 ½ tsp. black pepper

  • 1 ½ tsp. onion powder

  • 1 ½ tsp. dried mustard

  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

  • 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ C. apple cider vinegar (or plain white vinegar)

  • 2 Tbs. light corn syrup


Rib Rub:

Baby back ribs need minimal prep to get them ready for the rub.

Line a rimmed sheet or 9 x 11 baking dish with foil

Rinse the baby back ribs, and pat dry

Sprinkle the rib rub on both sides of each slab of ribs, and rub it in so that it sticks.

Cover the baby back ribs with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours. Overnight is best.

Homemade BBQ Sauce:

Combine all BBQ Sauce ingredients in a medium sized saucepan, and bring to a boil.

  • Continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so the sauce doesn’t burn.

  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally. Sauce will reduce and darken in color.

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight, or for up to a month.

  • When ready to cook:

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees

  1. Carefully remove the white membrane from the back of the ribs

  2. Place the seasoned ribs in a 9x11 baking dish and cover tightly with foil

  3. Bake the ribs at 275 degrees for 3 hours. When there is 30 minutes remaining, start heating up your BBQ grill

  4. Place the ribs on the grill and grill on both sides, for a total of 10-15 minutes, or just until the ribs are browned.

  5. Serve with Homemade BBQ sauce and enjoy!

Note: The BBQ sauce should be added after the ribs are done cooking. (The sugar in BBQ Sauce will burn at a high heat.) With this recipe, you would want to add the sauce after you take the ribs out of the oven and right before putting them on the grill. If skipping the grill, a minute or so under the broiler will also work.

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