Simple, Succulent BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Brad Nichols


This is an easy way to consistently make very tasty fall off the bone BBQ Ribs. As a BBQ enthusiast, of course, I will never admit to condoning this approach over the purist slow, smoking cook that yields the world's best BBQ ribs (and if you tell my friends I provided this recipe I will of course deny it :)!!..)...BUT...for anyone who doesn't have the time, equipment, skill or desire to spend 2.5+ hrs to smoke/BBQ ribs the 'proper' way, this recipe will give you a great outcome that only the most hardcore BBQ fanatics would object to...and even then, only until they get a taste!

★★★★★ 2 votes
9 half-racks of 4-5 Ribs - should serve 4-6 adults depending on appetite
10 Min
1 Hr

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
I love this quick ribs recipe. The meat is tender, delicious and just falls off the bone. The kicked-up BBQ sauce really enhances the flavors. We did add the chili flakes for that extra bite, but these would be just as good without it. Great for your next cookout!


full sides of back ribs
2 Tbsp
Montreal steak seasoning
1 bottle
your favorite bbq sauce
1 tsp
liquid smoke flavoring
1 Tbsp
apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp
chili flakes (optional)
1 tsp
garlic powder

How to Make Simple, Succulent BBQ Baby Back Ribs


  • 1Cut the sides of ribs into 'racks' of 4-5 ribs each.
  • 2Boil water in a large pot.
  • 3Add racks of ribs and boil for 45 minutes.
  • 4While waiting for the ribs to boil, mix the BBQ sauce, liquid smoke, cider vinegar, chili flakes and about 1 tsp of the steak spice.
  • 5Preheat BBQ.
  • 6Remove ribs from water and sprinkle both sides liberally with the steak spice and garlic powder.
  • 7Add ribs to BBQ and brush top side with sauce immediately.
  • 8Flip ribs over and sauce the other side.
  • 9Cook ribs on BBQ turning 1/4 turn at 2 min mark and flip again at 4 min mark. About 8 mins total for both sides.
    NOTE - my times are approximate here - You are only doing this to caramelize the sauce and put some BBQ char marks on the ribs - so use your eyes to decide when they look good - and feel free to baste with more sauce before serving so they have that 'wet and shiny' look!
  • 10Remove from BBQ and enjoy!

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About Simple, Succulent BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Canadian
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Collection: Grilling Favorites
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids