Fall off the Bone Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

Total Time
3hrs 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs 30 mins

The ribs come clean off the bone after cooking in the oven over low heat, then a quick brush with your favorite barbecue sauce and grilled for five to six minutes. These are finger licking good and get rave reviews everytime I make them! Easy!


  1. Mix Brown sugar with spices and set aside. Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees. Use a 2 piece broiler pan, the lower half filled with very hot water, then layer racks of rib on the top. Ribs can be left whole in racks and layered, I have done 6 at a time, they still come out great. Rub the brown sugar mixture liberally over each rack. Then using heavy duty tin foil, cover the pan so that no heat escapes. I usually double wrap the ribs. Set in oven for 3 hours and can be up to 5 hours. Remove foil carefully and cut ribs into a manageable length to grill them. If you try to grill the rack without making it smaller, some of the ribs will fall apart and the meat will literally fall off the bones! Brush with your favorite barbecue sauce, I like homemade or Sweet Baby James brand. Grill over a very hot gas or charcoal rill for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with plenty of napkins. These ribs are amazing!
Most Helpful

This recipe is amazing! It's super simple and very tasty! I've used this recipe many times so I've tweaked it just a little. I use slightly more garlic powder than it calls for... probably 1.5 to 2 tsp., I use all of the rub on a single rack of ribs, probably 3.5 lbs. of meat, because we like a lot of flavor and I double up on the foil to make sure no moisture escapes. Seriously, the best recipe. I always get rave reviews!

Sheri J. November 09, 2014

SO delicious. I loved the brown sugar rub with the tangy BBQ. Fell right off the bone so clean and the touch in the grill for that nice char. Bravo. Definitely the only way I am EVER doing ribs again!!!

goodribman October 24, 2013

I love,love,love ribs this way! I've been doing them this way for years. I put my rub on them the day before, wrap in foil and refridgerate overnight. The next day I proceed as this recipe says, but am careful not to let water touch the rack holding the ribs. Also, add 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke to the water. Always come out full of flavor and fall off the bone delish !

ADRIENNE D. October 24, 2013