Foolproof Baby Back Ribs

by Suzanne on July 25, 2013

in Savory

Foolproof baby back ribs recipe from Ina Garten | BBQ ribs is a sticky, messy, got to have the wet wipes handy kind of thing and these ribs are no exception to the rule. Summertime is the time to light up that grill or smoker, shuck some corn, eat homemade pie and ice-cream ahh…gotta love Summer.   We have made ribs in the past and never been happy with the results, either they were too dry or not flavorful enough so I kind of gave up on ribs until  this recipe from Ina Garten’s cookbook Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust.  If you don’t know who Ina is that’s okay I won’t tell, but you really need to check out her recipes because they are down to earth good recipes.   I made these ribs for my husband who like most men love their meat :).  Good ribs have to have a good BBQ sauce and this sauce is really good.  Making the sauce from scratch must be the secret to these incredible ribs.   The sauce is really tasty and it makes enough to save for another rack later or maybe some grilled chicken too.

Foolprooff baby back ribs by homemade BBQ sauce recipe from Ina Garten | think my husband must have been really hungry or he was really trying to make me feel good because he said these ribs were the best ribs he has ever had! They were moist not dry, and had great flavor, yay! I consider that a success! I feel like I conquered the “rib” problem and now think I could actually do this again and maybe for company :), thanks to Ina Garten and her Foolproof recipes.

Foolproof baby back ribs Ina Garten recipe |

Foolproof Baby Back Ribs

5 lbs. baby back ribs (I only used 3 lbs.)
kosher salt & ground black pepper
1 recipe of the BBQ sauce (recipe follows)

Ingredients for BBQ Sauce:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic about 3 cloves
1 cup tomato paste or about 10 oz.
1 cup honey
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup Dijon mustard
1 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions for BBQ Sauce:
Step 1: In a medium size sauce pan heat oil up over medium and add the chopped onions, cook for about 5 minutes or until translucent by not browned. Add the garlic and cook a few more minutes.
Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients stir well and let come to boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.

Directions for cooking ribs:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a pan with foil. Place the ribs on the sheet pan meat side up and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Step 2: Pour BBQ sauce generously on both side of the ribs and wrap lightly in foil. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until meat is tender when poked with a fork. When the ribs come out of the oven rub generously with with BBQ sauce and grill immediately or let cool and refrigerate to grill later.

Foolproof baby back ribs recipe from Ina Garten | Foolproof baby back ribs recipe from Ina Garten|

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1 Zainab @ Blahnik Baker July 25, 2013 at 4:40 am

These are mouth-watering and even though I don’t eat pork, I want a huge bite!! I love your suggestion of using the sauce on chicken or something. Wish I had thought of it.

2 Jen @JuanitasCocina July 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

Your ribs have the BEST color on them! Weren’t these great?

3 Camilla @ Culinary Adventures July 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

I did the ribs too – but used lamb and added orange marmalade to my sauce. It was a great recipe! Looking forward to next month’s adventure. I love your shot of the ribs steaming/smoking. So cool. Nice job.

4 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 25, 2013 at 11:04 am

These ribs look mouth-watering and I love the BBQ sauce! Ina’s recipes are almost always a hit!

5 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

You took awesome pictures! I also loved t hat there was extra sauce, it’s so good!

6 Janie E July 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Love the shot of the rack on the grill *DROOL*

7 Kristen July 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

That plate with the grilled corn and ribs looks like the perfect summer dinner. That sauce is a keeper!

8 kita July 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

I gave up on ribs a while ago too (my parents, bless them, ruined it for me). Now though, I feel like I can conquer them and after seeing everyone’s ribs for this months recipe, Im rather sad I didn’t go with them. Awesomesauce!

9 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} July 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

Absolutely adore a great baby back rib! Yours look so tasty and simple to make. Pinning to make this next month! Enjoy your weekend!

10 Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I LOVE ribs! So yummy and so fun to eat, too. 🙂 Great pictures! I tried taking rib pictures last week. An hour down the drain!

11 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef July 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I would cook the whole five pounds 🙂 These look SO good!

12 Suzanne August 5, 2013 at 12:28 am

Thanks Maureen, well it’s only the 3 of us here now so I have to cut down again since the family has shrunk some. 🙂

13 ang July 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

Fabulous photos! You rock, girl!
I pinned this to my #passthecookbookclub board, and am following you on Pinterest as well.
Happy Monday!
Ang, Juggling Act Mama

14 Suzanne August 5, 2013 at 12:29 am

Thanks Ang! Right back at ya girl 🙂

15 Patty July 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Great photos Suzanne! Grilled ribs are a perfect Summertime treat 😉

16 Suzanne August 5, 2013 at 12:27 am

Thank you Patty!

17 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Your ribs look perfect!! Getting all messy and sticky is 1/2 of the fun when eating ribs in my opinion. That is how we first talked my son into trying them!

18 Suzanne August 5, 2013 at 12:26 am

Thanks Erin, good way to get your son to eat them!

19 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos August 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I’m starting to question the blondies I made now – I should have made the ribs after reading this post 🙂 Your pictures are fantastic!!!

20 Suzanne August 5, 2013 at 12:25 am

Well while I loved the blondies the ribs are a keeper too.

21 The Café Sucré Farine August 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Oh yum, these look amazing! I think I’d need to make a double batch. So funny Suzanne, I’m posting a recipe today from Foolproof also, love that book!

22 Suzanne August 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

I think if you do that you will love them and Ina is a star in the kitchen so I do love her cookbooks.

23 Renee July 2, 2014 at 7:35 am

How long do you grill them for?

24 Suzanne July 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

Renee, not long just until they get charred a little on both sides because they are already cooked you just want to get the BBQ taste or grilled taste on them.

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