Fall off the Bone Baby Back Ribs

Total Time
8hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs

This recipe is a work in process, but this is my current method for preparing ribs. This recipe started with a basic recipe from my friend Linda, who got it from another friend, baking the ribs in a broiler pan over water. That causes the ribs to literally fall apart when you try to grill them, so I've been refining the recipe, adding my own touches.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove membrane from back of ribs. This is a must! If you don't remove the membrane, don't bother making the recipe.
  2. Apply rub to both sides of the ribs. The measurements given in the ingredient list are approximate -- go with amounts you prefer and add/remove any rub ingredients to fit your taste.
  3. Lay a bay leaf on top of each rack of ribs. Wrap the ribs in aluminum foil -- wrap them very well, either all in one big piece of aluminum foil, or individually wrapped.
  4. Put in a large roasting pan. You can put them directly on the oven rack, but I use a roasting pan in case juices escape.
  5. Bake at 200F for 6-8 hours (I prefer about 7-8 hours).
  6. Remove ribs from oven and unwrap.
  7. Generously apply hot sauce to ribs. Brush on barbecue sauce, then grill until nicely browned.
Most Helpful

You can lick the meat off these bones! We used a simpler rub and left out the hot sauce, and used a broiler rather than a grill, but what came out was a mess of flavorful ribs that you need a spatula to move to the plate. Tender, delicious, and perfect for the Fourth.

Lavender Lynn July 05, 2010

These were easy to prepare and really do fall off the bone. I cooked them for 5 1/2 hrs and they were done. I grilled them under the broiler. I used a bold and spicy barbecue sauce and with the spice rub we thought they were a bit over spiced. Next time I would use a less spicy sauce so the flavor of ribs can come through. Thanks for posting. :)

teresas February 14, 2011

Wanted to tag these for Best of Tag, but missed the tag. Made these for Superbowl Sunday....delicious! I'd decrease the baking time because the meat fell off the ribs on the grill. Otherwise, perfect. Used a mustard based barbecue sauce. Thanks for sharing!

breezermom February 06, 2011

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