How to Cook Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back RibsYummy, Fall of the Bone Baby Back Ribs

One of our readers recently wanted to know how to cook baby back ribs. Her name was Tina and she lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Tina stated "I'm trying to impress my new boyfriend Keshawn with my cooking talent.  Since he loves barbecue, I thought I'd cook him a special dinner. 

The only problem is, I've never grilled outdoors before. Can someone please help me out, by showing me how to cook baby back ribs."

We got your back Tina, as such, here are some of our very best tips and techniques on how to cook baby back ribs. A few are our ideas but many are from readers and other visitors to this website. We're sure you're going to enjoy all of these barbecue cooking tips and techniques.

How to Cook Baby Back Ribs

By: Soul Food Chef


Today I'm going to share with you a recipe that I was taught by a friend name Kim. This oven baked baby back ribs recipe results in moist juicy ribs that fall off the bone. The secret to baking the best ribs you ever had, is to prepare the meat for baking the night before and allow the ribs to sit in your refrigerate until you are ready to bake.

Here are the ingredients you'll need for the recipe:


  • 2 slabs baby back ribs
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasoning salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • Aluminum foil
  • Barbecue sauce

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Prep your ribs for baking the night before you plan on cooking these ribs. To do so, lightly brush your ribs with olive oil, on both sides. Then season the meaty side of your baby back ribs with seasoning salt and black pepper.
  2. For baking, each slab of rib must be wrapped tightly in aluminum foil. To do this tear off two strips of aluminum foil large enough to hold each slab of ribs and the remaining ingredients.
  3. Lay a slab of ribs in the center of the aluminum foil, bone side down with meaty side up, layer the the top of the ribs with peppers and onions (evenly distributed between the two slabs of ribs). Repeat this step for the second slab of ribs. Close foil tightly and place in refrigerator overnight.
  4. The next day when your ready to start cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Add ribs to oven and bake for 2-3 hours, until meat begins to fall from bones. Open up foil and apply your favorite barbecue sauce and return to oven for a few minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy.

This recipe feeds two people (1 slab of ribs each), trust me when I say you'll want a slab for yourself.

Also, here is a video that teaches how to cut the bell pepper.

Reader Comments for How to Cook Baby Back Ribs

Jan 22, 2012

Onion Garlic Wrapped (by: Rich M.)

As stated by others here prep the night before. I have used rings of Vidalia onion, and fresh garlic. I use a little Olive oil on the ribs, remove the Silver skin from the back of the rack. Lay rings of onion on foil, lay the rack on top of the onions. Place overlapping onion rings on top of the rack. With a small knife make small slices and push in 10-14 small slices of garlic. Double wrap the ribs in heavy foil. Store in fridge over night. 

Bake ribs on grill and oven at 275-300 for 90 minutes. Once the rack is "flimsy" and the meat is pulling from the bone, you are ready for the grill. Preheat grill to medium 350. Place unwrapped ribs on grill for 3 minutes each side. Watch for flare-ups. A spray bottle of water will help with the flare ups. Brush on your favorite BBQ sauce, caramelize. Serve and enjoy.

Dec 13, 2010

Yummy Baked Baby Back Ribs (by: Capt. Gene aka Gangsta chef)  

I was a little skeptical at first with this recipe, but I went ahead with it any way. Most recipes I tried using the foil in the oven method usually ended up with burned ribs. 

This was not the case with this one. The ribs came out almost falling off the bone and tasting great. I also tried this with onions only and sprinkled a little sugar on each slab.

As my littlest nephew joked with me his reply was ce ce bon. I guess that means good he disappeared with 3 slabs, then came back with a very dirty face and shirt looking for more.

Mar 10, 2009

Very Good!!! (by: Anonymous)  

After using this recipe I will cook them no other way. They were very, very good!!!

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