Foolproof Baby Back Ribs

Recipe by shimmerchk
READY IN: 1hr 10mins




  • Preheat gas grill for high heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper Mix well.
  • Trim off the membrane sheath from the back of each rack.
  • You can do this by running a small, sharp knife between the membrane and snip or"shimmy" off the membrane as much as possible.
  • Don't skip this step because it prevents the ribs from being chewy.
  • Sprinkle or "throw" as much of the rub onto both sides of the ribs as desired.
  • Do not rub the spices in, because the ribs will turn too dark and spicy.
  • You may have some spices leftover, depending on your taste.
  • Place aluminum foil on lower rack to capture drippings and prevent flare-ups.
  • Brush grate with oil, and lay ribs on top rack of grill.
  • Reduce heat to low, shut grill, and leave undisturbed for 1 hour.
  • Do not lift lid at all during this time period!
  • After one hour check for doneness, depending on your grill you may need to continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes (our grill takes one hour exactly). Brush ribs with barbecue sauce and grill an additional few minutes until sauce is slightly absorbed and a little brown around the edges.
  • Serve ribs as whole rack or cut between bones and pile individual ribs on the platter.