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Oven Baked Sticky Baby Back Ribs

Oven Baked Sticky Baby Back Ribs

One of our very favorite weekend treat meals- these sticky baby back ribs are dry rubbed and baked in the oven low and slow then basted with sauce and finished on the grill.  These are absolute heaven - sticky, sweet and a little bit spicy, the family all agree they are the best ribs we have ever had out of the oven! 

The secret ingredient on these is definitely the chipotle chili powder.  We like ours with a good kick, so we use the whole 2 Tbsp in our rub, but feel free to dial that back a bit - start with 1 Tbsp and go from there.

My favorite part of these ribs is the sticky finish.  You don't have to have a grill to get these sticky.  You can transfer them to a foil lined baking tray, baste them with sauce then throw them under the broiler till they get the right amount of bark on them - just be sure to keep a close eye on them so they don't burn!

This recipe will do up to 3 racks of baby back ribs.

Dry Rub - combine these four ingredients together.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp grill seasoning (I used applewood)
  • 1-2 Tbsp chipotle chili powder, (the more you add, the spicier they will be.)
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
Other Ingredients:
  • 2-3 racks of baby back ribs
  • Yellow mustard, optional
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke seasoning
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

  1. Remove membrane from the back of each rack or ribs.  
  2. Optional:  brush some regular yellow mustard over both sides of the ribs.  (Makes them super yummy and helps the rub to adhere better.) 
  3. Sprinkle the racks down with the dry rub, cover and let sit for a minimum of an hour.  (If you are going to let sit more than an hour, throw them in the refrigerator.)
  4. Preheat oven to 275.
  5. Combine the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar and liquid smoke.  Place broth mixture in bottom of a large roasting pan with deep edges.  
  6. Place ribs in the pan meat side up in a single layer and seal the pan shut with foil.
  7. Bake at 275 for 3-4 hours until tender.
  8. Remove ribs from roasting pan and set on a baking sheet.
  9. Combine 1/4 cup of the juices from the pan with the barbecue sauce generously baste both sides of each of the rack of ribs.  Throw the ribs on the grill on medium high heat for 3-5 mins each side or until they have a nice bark.  (You can broil if you don’t have a grill.)
  10. Remove from grill and place on baking sheet.  Tent with foil and let rest covered for 10-15 mins.
  11. Cut each rack between the bones and serve with more sauce!

Oven Baked Sticky Baby Back Ribs

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