The Absolute Best Baby Back Ribs

Total Time
73hrs 45mins
Prep 72 hrs
Cook 1 hr 45 mins

Three years of trial and error have led up to this recipe. No one has ever tasted these ribs and not commented how great they are. Since the steaming makes the ribs so tender, the meat will fall off the bone so easily you can eat them with a fork and a knife if you wanted to but I always found them perfect as a casual finger food, great for backyard parties.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all ingredients except ribs and BBQ Sauce.
  2. Cut rib racks into 3 or 4 rib segments.
  3. Store ribs in marinade in refridgerator for 3 days.
  4. Drain and discard marinade.
  5. Place ribs in a steamer basket in a large covered pot with approx 1 in of water.
  6. Bring pot to a boil then lower to simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Remove ribs from pot and coat with BBQ Sauce.
  8. (The water left over in the pot makes a great stock for soups.) Place coated ribs on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam.
  9. Bake at 300 for 15 mins.
Most Helpful

These ribs are horrible!!! If you like salty, dry, rubbery, stick to the bone no matter what ribs, please make this recipe!!!

cyn44116 July 25, 2002

It is impossible for these ribs to come out dry if you follow the recipe. The steaming process keeps the ribs moist and the bake time is merely to firm them up slightly and allow the bbq sauce to form a coating. It's a shame that people would automatically assume that the recipe was bad without questioning their own adherence to that recipe. I've made these ribs in this manner for over 5 years and EVERY time I serve them, I get rave reviews.

Elisciar November 25, 2002

I made these and before basting with the BBQ sauce I tasted the cooked marinated meat and it was wonderful by itself! Very tasty, kinda sweet which is what we like! If I would have thought about it I would have thickened the marinade and glazed that over the ribs instead of BBQ sauce!

Kikimony January 19, 2003