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Baby Back Ribs – Oven Baked with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Yields6 ServingsTotal Time2 hrs 30 mins

 4 ½ lbs Baby Back Ribs
 ¾ cup Apple juice
 1 tbsp Olive oil
 2 ½ tsp Paprika
 2 tsp Garlic powder
 1.50 tsp Onion powder
 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
 1 ½ tsp Dried thyme
 1 ½ tsp Dried oregano
 1 ½ tsp Salt
 ½ tsp Pepper
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
 ½ cup Apple cider vinegar
 1 ½ cups Ketchup
 ½ cup Water
 1 ½ tbsp Molasses (non blackstap)
  cup Brown sugar
 2 tsp Mustard powder
 1 ½ tsp Garlic powder
 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
 1 tsp Salt
 1 tsp Pepper
 1 tsp Tabasco or cayenne pepper

Combine the Rub ingredients and rub onto both sides of the ribs (most on meaty side). Set aside to marinate for 20 minutes (or overnight).


Preheat oven to 160°C/320°F (all oven types).


Place ribs on a tray in a single layer. Pour apple cider underneath the ribs, cover with foil then bake for 1 hour 30 minutes or until the meat is pretty tender.


Remove from oven, turn up to 180°C/350°F. Remove foil, drizzle with olive oil, then return ribs to oven for 15 minutes or until rub becomes nice and crusty.


Line a new tray with foil then baking / parchment paper.


Remove ribs from oven, transfer to lined tray. Pour any juices from tray over the ribs. Flip ribs so the bonier side is up. Slather with Barbecue Sauce, then bake 10 minutes.


Remove from oven, then turn ribs over so the meaty side is up. Slather with Barbecue Sauce, bake 5 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 more times until you've got a thick glaze on the ribs.


Cut ribs into individual or multiple rib portions and serve with remaining Barbecue Sauce!

Barbecue Sauce

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes or until thickened.


Adjust to taste: sweetness with brown sugar / honey, salt and sour with vinegar. Use for glazing ribs and as a sauce for serving.

To Cook on the Grill

Follow recipe to end of Step 4.


Brush bony side of ribs with sauce, then cook on BBQ indirect heat on high (bony side up) with lid down for 5 minutes. Flip so meaty side is up, baste, cook with lid down for 5 minutes. Repeat 3 times until you have a nice caramelised glaze!


Using an alcoholic drink adds extra depth of flavour. Pale coloured beers (ordinary larger, pale ale, etc.) and other fruit ciders also work really well.

Nutrition Facts

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