When you want smoky grilled flavor, make your baby back ribs in the oven and finish them on the grill. Get a head start by baking them the day before and refrigerating overnight. A quick 15 minutes on the grill is all it takes for crispy on the outside, tender on the inside baby back ribs. Be sure to lather it up with the homemade BBQ sauce.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 30 mins
15 mins
2 hrs 5 mins


Ingredient Checklist
BBQ Sauce


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. With a pastry brush, spread the mustard all over both sides of the ribs. Generously sprinkle the rub all over both sides of the ribs.

  • Place ribs in the middle of a double thickness of heavy foil cut 6 inches longer than the ribs. Wrap ribs in the foil. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tender (the two middle bones of the rack should start to pull apart easily).

  • Remove ribs to a tray (discard liquid in foil packet). Spread the sauce all over both sides of the ribs. Grill on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 15 minutes, brushing with additional sauce every 5 minutes, turning once. Adjust heat as necessary to prevent burning.

  • Place celery seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and coriander seeds in a spice grinder and grind until fine. Mix together with remaining ingredients.

BBQ Sauce
  • Whisk all ingredients together in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill up to 2 weeks.

Doneness Cues for Your Baby Back Ribs

Bone Tips: When the ribs are close to being done, the meat will begin to retract, exposing the rib tips. U Shape: Hold the ribs in the middle with tongs. When they are ready, the rack will sag in a reversed U shape. The meat may crack, too, which is a good sign. Rib Twist: Grab an exposed bone tip with your tongs and gently twist. If the bone turns easily, the ribs are done. Toothpick Test: The meat is tender when a toothpick easily penetrates the meat between the ribs.

Instant Pot-to-Oven Baby Back Ribs:

Spread ribs with mustard and season with rub as above. Curl rib back inside the 6-quart pot of an electric pressure cooker with the meaty sides toward outside of pot. Sprinkle with any rub that falls off. Add 1 cup water to bottom of pot. (do not pour over ribs). Lock lid in place. Set to cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. Allow pressure to release for 15 minutes. Release any remaining pressure. Remove ribs to a foil-lined shallow baking pan, bone sides down (discard liquid in cooker). Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush some of the sauce over ribs. Bake ribs for 15 minutes, brushing with remaining sauce every 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

530 calories; fat 21g; cholesterol 131mg; saturated fat 7g; carbohydrates 46g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 4g; insoluble fiber 3g; sugars 39g; protein 43g; vitamin a 2560.6IU; vitamin c 4.4mg; thiamin 1.1mg; riboflavin 0.8mg; niacin equivalents 15.5mg; vitamin b6 1.2mg; folate 9.9mcg; vitamin b12 1.1mcg; sodium 2337mg; potassium 848mg; calcium 120mg; iron 4.2mg.