Fall Apart Baby Back Ribs

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"This is by far my favorite recipe for ribs. I have smoked them, made them without sauce, in the crock pot; spicy, sweet and just about every way I can think of; but I always come back to this recipe. They fall off the bone, and the sauce is just perfect. But ... when it comes to BBQ sauce - I always say - use your favorite recipe, whether it be from a bottle or you make it yourself. These ribs are best marinated over night in the dry rub and then baked the next day. They are baked in the oven and transferred to the grill the last few minutes where the BBQ sauce is added. Just the perfect mix of flavors. Now, 4 slabs at my house will serve about 8 people and we always like leftovers, so if you want, you can easily cut this recipe in half."

Original is 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (585.2 g)
  • Calories 800.4
  • Total Fat - 42.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 254.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1670.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 18.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 5.5 g
  • Protein - 69.3 g
  • Calcium - 127.8 mg
  • Iron - 4.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Ribs and Rub ... The day before you cook your ribs, mix up your spices in a small bowl and rub the mixture on both sides of each slab of ribs. Make sure to coat them well. Add 2 slabs to each pan (a roasting pan or 13x9" pan) - the ribs should fit in the bottom of the pan and not overlap. Top the ribs with a piece of plastic wrap - press it right on the ribs. Then cover the entire pan with foil and refrigerate overnight and the next day.

Step 2

Sauce ... You can use your favorite sauce, but I love this sauce. Mix everything in a small bowl and set to the side.

Step 3

Baking ... The next day, in the same pan you have the ribs marinating in; remove the foil (but save it) and the plastic wrap. For each pan - Add 2 beers, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, and 2 bay leaves around the outside of the pan, around the ribs. Cover the pan back up with the foil and bake in a 325 degree oven on the middle shelf. If both pan don't fit on the middle shelf - add one to the bottom and one to the middle then half way during cooking switch them.

Step 4

Cook 2-2 1/2 hours. Take a peek after 1 1/2 hours, because you don't want them falling apart before you grill them, you want them fork tender. Depending on the ribs, they usually take between 1 hr 45 min and 2 1/2 hrs, so, it is just best to check. Once they are done, take them to the grill.

Step 5

Grilling ... Place the slabs on a medium heat grill. Cook 3-4 minutes per side to dry the ribs. Then, brush the sauce on each slab on both sides and cook. Three (3) to 4 minutes per side; and make sure to sauce each side a couple of times. This can also be done under the broiler or on an indoor grill pan if you can't use an outdoor grill.

Step 6

Serve ... I prefer family style. Cut the individual ribs and plate. ENJOY!

Step 7

Note: extra spice rub can be stored in a spice jar.


No special items needed.

11 Reviews

Edna Eats

Made these on the grill and they were delish! They were so tender that they practically fell off the bone when I started to cut them. Saving to have again!


review by:
(5 Jul 2021)


We love these tender and very tasty ribs! Finger licking time!


review by:
(6 Oct 2020)


Delicious!! Great spice mix on these ribs. They were falling off the bone tender too! Saving to make a few more times before the cold weather hits!


review by:
(19 Sep 2020)


These are a little time consuming but so worth the effort. Tender meat and super deliciousness in every bite! All you need is some napkins and a couple of sides. We had baked potato salad, coleslaw and corn on the cob!


review by:
(27 May 2020)

Bevs Best Recipes

There was only 2 of us eating so I cut this down to two racks of ribs. We loved these tender delicious ribs that were falling off the bone. They were so flavorful and we will have these any time we want ribs. Don't have to look any further for good ribs!


(29 Jul 2018)

Mimi Bobeck

During the warm weather I only use my grill. I have made these ribs several times now this summer because we love them so much! Just enough flavors of everything good!


review by:
(5 Oct 2017)

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