1amcooks-kickin-baby-back-ribsIf you are looking for a simple, mouthwatering baby back ribs recipe, we’ve got what you need!  These ribs are incredibly tender and tasty and the barbecue sauce has a spicy kick, so make sure to have a cool beverage nearby. Next time you fire up the grill, try out this easy pork recipe that will wow your guests (and might have them asking for seconds, so be sure to make extra)!

Servings: 6


For the ribs:

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (see ingredients below)

For the spicy barbecue sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 dashes of your favorite hot pepper sauce (more if you like it hot!)

Ribs preparation:

Step 1: Preheat a gas grill to high or arrange charcoal briquettes on one side of the grill.  Lightly oil the grates.

Step 2: In a small container, combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper.  Close lid tightly and shake until mixed thoroughly.

Step 3: Trim the membrane sheath from the back of each rack of ribs. Run a sharp knife between the membrane and each rib and snip off as much membrane as possible.  Sprinkle the rub on both sides of the ribs, as much as you desire.  Avoid rubbing in the spice mixture too much.  Store any unused portion of the spice to use later.

Step 4: Place aluminum foil on the lower rack to capture drippings.  Lay ribs on the top rack of the grill or away from the coals if using charcoal).  Reduce gas heat to low, close the lid and leave alone for 1 hour.  Do not be tempted to lift the lid to check on the ribs!

Step 5: Brush ribs with spicy barbecue sauce (see recipe below) and grill for 5 extra minutes.  Serve ribs as a whole rack or cut between each rib bone and serve individually on a large platter.

Barbecue sauce preparation:

Step 1: Using a blender, combine brown sugar, ketchup, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.

Step 2: Add mustard, paprika, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce.  Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Use as much of the sauce as needed and store the extra for future use.

This recipe is best served hot along with your favorite summertime side dishes, such as baked beans, corn on the cob and coleslaw. Use the hashtag #1AMcooks to share your dishes and let us know other recipes you would like to try.

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