Prize-Winning Baby Back Ribs


Making ribs on the grill is easy with this foolproof recipe for the most tender, delectable ribs you've ever had!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins

Cooking ribs on the grill is easier than you think. Learn how to perfectly grill baby back ribs every time with this foolproof recipe!

Cooking Ribs On the Grill 

Wondering how to grill baby back ribs? You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

How to Cook Ribs On the Grill

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make baby back ribs on the grill: 

  1. Make the spice rub. 
  2. Trim the ribs, then season with the spice mix. 
  3. Cook the ribs on the grill according to the detailed recipe below.
  4. Brush the grilled baby back ribs with barbecue sauce.
  5. Grill for five more minutes.
close up view of sliced Prize-Winning Baby Back Ribs

Alberta Rose

Baby Back Ribs Spice Rub

This grilled baby back rib recipe calls for a savory homemade spice rub made with cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. 

How Long to Cook Ribs On the Grill

It should take about an hour to perfectly cook these baby back ribs on the grill. You’ll know the ribs are done when an instant read thermometer inserted into the center reads 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). 

What to Serve With Baby Back Ribs

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How to Store Baby Back Ribs

Store your leftover baby back ribs in an airtight container for up to four days. Reheat the ribs in the oven, on the grill, in an air fryer, or (in a pinch) in the microwave. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“This is a foolproof recipe,” according to Charles Nguyen. “Easy to find ingredients, simply get an excellent quality rib, pair it with your favorite bbq sauce and voilà!”

“Absolutely fantastic,” raves Adam Brown. “You can play with the spice mix, but if you follow the cooking directions, you’ll have ribs with meat falling off the bones.”

“The rub itself is absolutely amazing,” according to Mosey. “Top it off with my favorite BBQ sauce...heaven! Best ribs I've had in a long time!”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 3 pounds baby back pork ribs

  • 1 cup barbeque sauce


  1. Preheat a gas grill for high heat, or arrange charcoal briquettes on one side of the barbeque. Lightly oil the grate.

  2. Combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small jar; close the lid and shake to mix.

  3. Trim the membrane sheath from the back of each rack. Run a small, sharp knife between the membrane and each rib, and snip off the membrane as much as possible. Sprinkle as much of the rub onto both sides of ribs as desired. To prevent ribs from becoming too dark and spicy, do not thoroughly rub spices into ribs. Store any unused spice mix in a jar for future use.

  4. Place aluminum foil on the lower rack to capture drippings and prevent flare-ups. Lay ribs on the top rack of the grill (away from the coals, if you're using briquettes). Reduce gas heat to low and close the lid; cook ribs, undisturbed as possible, until meat pulls away easily from the bone, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

  5. Brush ribs with barbecue sauce, and grill for an additional 5 minutes. Serve ribs as a whole rack, or cut between each rib bone and pile individually on a platter.

    Prize-Winning Baby Back Ribs by Alberta Rose

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of spice mix. The actual amount of spice mix consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
30g Fat
17g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 582mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 469mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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