Sweet and Spicy Baby Back Ribs

Kim Biegacki


The Ninja has done it again! I was so impressed with these ribs at how fast they cooked up and yet they were moist, tender and finger lickin' good!

I didn't have to heat up the stove or go out and turn on the grill...instead they were done on the countertop in my kitchen.

I have only cooked ribs a few times but cooking them in the Ninja makes me cook like the pros. I better buy the carrying case for the Ninja, so if anyone asks me to cook up some ribs for a summer party I am ready. hehe

Original recipe from Ninja Cookbook.


★★★★★ 3 votes

2 - 4 people
15 Min
1 Hr 40 Min



  • 1 Tbsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp
    arizona dreaming (penzey spice), optional
  • ·
    salt and pepper

  • 1 large
    baby back pork ribs, rack (about 3 pds, cut in half)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 3 c
    beef broth, or 1 bottle of beer and 2 cups water
  • 1/2 c
    bbq sauce

How to Make Sweet and Spicy Baby Back Ribs


  1. Ninja Cooking System
  2. Stir your paprika, brown sugar, cayenne and Arizona Dreaming spice together in a bowl. Rinse off your ribs in water and pat dry. Then rub ribs with mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour oil into pot and heat. Set your Ninja to STOVETOP HIGH and wait till oil is hot. Add one half of ribs to pot and sear for 5 minutes till browned on both sides. Do the same for the other half.
  4. Remove ribs from pot and place on a plate till you are ready to cook.
  5. Pour your 3 cups of broth or mixture of water and beer or just water into the Ninja. Place your roasting rack down inside the water and your ribs on rack. Set OVEN TO 375 degrees for 1 hour. Cover and cook until pork is fork tender.

    Uncover pot and brush ribs with your choice of BBQ sauce. Set OVEN TO 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Cover and cook until sauce is hot. (I took mine out at 20 minutes).
  6. Place on a plate and cover with tinfoil until ready to serve.
  7. Heat up some BBQ sauce for the ribs. When ready to serve slice up ribs for plating and then drizzle some addt'l sauce on top or place some in a bowl for dipping.
  8. These ribs were so tender, moist and delicious...the steam cooking really cooked them up fast. I was very impressed with the Ninja.
  9. The meat really did fall of the bones. :-)
  10. August 31st 2014 --- made these for my Dad's birthday...he loves a spicy ribs.

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About Sweet and Spicy Baby Back Ribs

Course/Dish: Pork Ribs
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American

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