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Quick & Easy Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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Craving ribs, but don't have three hours or a bbq grill on hand?  Try this quick and easy recipe for baby back ribs, and you'll be chowing down in no time!

You don't have to sacrifice tenderness, juiciness, or rich, complex flavors just because you don't have a smoker, grill, or hours to spend slow-roasting these ribs.  By kicking up the heat and using both a dry rub and a sauce, you can have all the impact of slow cooked ribs with half the effort in half the time.


 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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This recipe and cooking time is for one 1 pound slab of baby back ribs.  Cooking time may vary for other varieties of ribs!  Of course you should make your own rub and sauce, but using something pre-packaged is part of what makes this so quick and easy.  Adding liquid smoke to the sauce (or finding one with it) will add that smoky quality you'll be missing from not cooking in the great outdoors.  

For this recipe you'll need:
  • 1lb ribs
  • dry rub
  • bbq sauce
I personally prefer Salt Lick Original Dry Rub which is cayenne pepper based.  
To make your own, combine 2 parts salt to one part ground black pepper, and one part cayenne. 

A bbq sauce with tomatoes in it is going to burn, and I like the charred quality this gives the recipe.  If you do not, avoid using any tomato-based bbq sauce!  My current personal fave is 1849 BBQ sauce, which pushes me to the limit of the heat I can take.   
It combines tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar, water, molasses, liquid smoke, garlic, onion, lemon juice, salt, and chili pepper.   I think the amount of chili pepper is what's key to the initial smack of heat you get when you dig into these ribs.

Sick_Nixon2 years ago
Hi, I just felt obligated to write here, your receipe was incredible. there was a ridiculous deal for an outrageous amount of ribs at the grocery, so I was gonna go for it but then remembered I had never cooked ribs before. All I knew is that it had to cook for a few hours (which I didn't have). So I googled how to cook ribs fast and there was your instructable , second result I think. I bought me some dry rub and B.B.Q. sauce.......... and voila!!!! your receipe was so simple. and it worked out great . I didn't think I'd get a result THAT close to grilling. so anyways. thank you and great receipe/instructable.
scoochmaroo (author)  Sick_Nixon2 years ago
That's so awesome! Thank you for sharing your experience, you totally made my day!
surfdork2 years ago
What an amazing recipie, big thanks!
Baby backack ribs can be a steal, I paid $2.99lb at Costco today and will feast tonight.
Where did the 3 hours come from? IMHO dreamberry's comment should be moved down or edited. I almost did not try this due to the 3 hour comment. Heck in 3 hours I'll be watching bad TV after filling myself with ribs.
Sounds fantastic! But I must be adding wrong. Step 2 says to bake for one hour apply sauce and return to the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes. Where did the other hour and 45 minutes go?
scoochmaroo (author)  Sawdust Patty3 years ago
That's right! The other hour and forty five disappear! This recipe takes half the time of traditional three-hour recipes!

We bought ribs with NO idea that they were suppose to cook for soooo long. Who has time for that?!?! Can't wait to try this tonight.

Sorry this is my firat time cooking this , but i have 3lbs now how long would that have to cook in the oven?
Joeyhoney18 days ago
This is a fabulous recipe and is now one of my keepers! I made it this evening for the first time!!! Yum!!! Thank you for sharing!
girluphigh2 months ago

Great recipe!

enessl2 months ago

I've probably made this twenty times now using different rubs and sauces and the ribs are always awesome. Thanks for sharing this.

vanessa.quake2 months ago

Hey there! I'm giving this a go on the weekend in a massive cookup and was looking for some advice.

I'm cooking multiple things in the oven. Is it possible to do steps 1 and 2 first, and then leave the ribs out for about an hr while I cook something else in the oven and then finish off step 3 so that I can serve the ribs while they are still hot?

mels.here3 months ago

Thanks for posting this. I tried it a month ago and thought it was pretty good. Just trying it again now and realize the reason it probably wasn't perfect is I didn't notice no sauce/marinade was supposed to go on till after the first hour. What a 'duh' moment. I've made the mistake again today, but next time I think they'll be less charred, and awesome. :)

Works like a charm! Since we're snowed in right now, this works out great!

mcgatorb83 months ago
I pride my self on my grilling awesomeness. Weather does not normaly stop me. Tonight it did. 5 degrees with 30mph winds. Family was craving babybacks and I didn't want to disappoint. Came across this gem of a way to cook them in the oven. The end result was some incredible ribs. Tender and moist. My family perfered this over the grill. Feelings hurt but can't blame them.....I think I perfered them this way too. Thank you!
joy.demers3 months ago

I didn't have all day to make ribs like I usually do, so I looked up how to make ribs fast. This recipe totally blew me away with how it turned out! My family loved the ribs and I loved how quick and easy they were to make. Thank you sooo much for this recipe!

dan.pierpont3 months ago
This recipe absolutely rules. I made the best most tender ribs I have ever made And in half the time. I modifed it slightly by cooking the last 15 min on the grill instead of the oven. It gave a nice smokey flavor and auper tender. I could never get the ribs tender enough with my previous recipes but this knocked it out of the park. ribs used to be relegated to a weekend activity but with this recipe i can now manage any night. Thanks a ton
The ribs were amazing. I didn't expect it. I didn't have any cayenne pepper so I ground up crushed red pepper instead and used Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce. Amazing. Thank you so much. I work full time and I'm in school full time. 3 1/2 hours is just too long.
MayBritt247 made it!5 months ago

Turns out amazing every time!

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Wolfbird2 years ago
I don't think I'll ever make ribs the long way again. This method is /awesome/!
aolivar2 years ago
how about i cooked my baby back ribs today (oven in 1hr) then i keep it in the chiller/freezer with a very good sealer, then after 2 or 3days i decided to serve it then i put it back again in the oven with the sauce. is this ok or a bad idea.?
can grill the baby back ribs instead of putting it back again in the oven to cook.
thank you for the answer.. :)
paganwonder2 years ago
speaking as a hardcore BBQ'er this flies in the face of my closely held beliefs about cooking ribs...but with less and less time on my hands I believe this may be an acceptable substitute for time...thanks for sharing!
scoochmaroo (author)  paganwonder2 years ago
Haha, high praise!
paganwonder2 years ago
speaking as a hardcore BBQ'er this flies in the face of my closely held beliefs about cooking ribs...but with less and less time on my hands I believe this may be an acceptable substitute for time...thanks for sharing!
dreamberry3 years ago
Wow! 3 hours! My ribs usually take 8 hours! 3 hours sounds almost like fast food! I also have a lasagna recipe that is not done till the Next Day! Maybe we could do a "Recipes that take an inordinate amount of time" thing. It could swing both ways, fast or slow, post your fastest or slowest recipes. Easy 20 hour brisket anyone?
Agreed, I made crème Brule on Friday, and then had to wait 3 hours for it to set in the fridge. Every time you open the fridge door the sweet smell hits you in the face. It was all too much for me, after 45 minutes I took two servings, added the brown sugar, hit it with the blow torch, and devoured them both... Happily we made 4 extra servings for those kinds of occurrences... :P
Ninzerbean3 years ago
Thank you so much - that 3 hours wait time always put me off before now.