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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_Nixon1 year 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_Nixon1 year 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!
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!23 days ago

Turns out amazing every time!

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Wolfbird1 year ago
I don't think I'll ever make ribs the long way again. This method is /awesome/!
aolivar1 year 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.. :)
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)  paganwonder1 year ago
Haha, high praise!
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.