Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

Prep Time
Cook Time
5h 30m
Ready In

"Lots of cooking time in the oven but well worth it. Then grill with your favorite bbq sauce."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (627.8 g)
  • Calories 1275.7
  • Total Fat - 55.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 335.7 mg
  • Sodium - 2617.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 100.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.6 g
  • Sugars - 86.6 g
  • Protein - 90.9 g
  • Calcium - 171.3 mg
  • Iron - 5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.8 mg

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 250°. In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of the sugar with the garlic salt, chile powder, salt, black pepper, celery salt, cayenne, cinnamon and white pepper. Transfer 1 tablespoon of the spice mix to a medium bowl and whisk in the cider, apple jelly, honey and the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.

Step 2

Pull the membrane off the underside of each rib rack using a towel to grasp the corner. On a rimmed baking sheet, rub the ribs with the remaining spice mix; bake, meaty side up, for 2 1/2 hours. Pour the cider mixture over the ribs and turn to coat. Tightly cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Step 3

Light a grill. Uncover the ribs and brush with the barbecue sauce; grill over moderate heat, turning and brushing, until glazed, 15 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes, then cut between the bones and serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Shar Pei

Deliciously apple flavored with a little heat. Meat is tender and yummy! I have added them to my summer rotation, and may even try them in the oven.

review by:
(18 Aug 2020)


Great tasting ribs and easy! Just what I like. Family enjoyed these very much. Potato and Broccoli Salads were so good with it!

review by:
(24 May 2020)

Bonnie Baker

These ribs are so delicious! We woofed them down in no time flat. Great flavor going on bite after bite. Pass the napkins please!

review by:
(24 Apr 2020)


We thought these ribs were terrific! The apple flavor is so different and super delicious!

review by:
(11 Apr 2020)


Sweet saucy ribs with a little heat and we enjoyed them. Very tasty!

review by:
(28 Feb 2020)


I cut way back on the cayenne pepper to a couple of pinches to keep the heat to a minimum. Came out very flavorful and tender as can be. Loved these ribs!

review by:
(12 Aug 2019)