This is an easy recipe for ribs which won't be tough, like smoked ribs, or fall off the bone, like braised ribs. These ribs are done the right way, and I've never had better ribs than this.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
1 rack of ribs
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat - a pile of charcoal on one side, nothing under the food. Once it is going, throw some soaked mesquite woodchips on it.

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  • Remove the membrane from the ribs if the butcher has not already. Combine the salt, pepper, paprika, chile powder and thyme; rub onto the ribs. Cut the slab of ribs in half.

  • Place the ribs over indirect heat, and close the lid. Cook for 20 minutes, then brush with barbeque sauce. Cover, and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

465 calories; protein 24.2g 49% DV; carbohydrates 23.5g 8% DV; fat 29.7g 46% DV; cholesterol 117.2mg 39% DV; sodium 1388.1mg 56% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2008
So easy! We have a gas grill so we cooked them in the oven at 500 for 15 minutes then on the grill for 15. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2012
The wonderful aroma on these was enough to make your mouth water. These turned out tender but not quite as much as we wanted. We didn't really care much for the rub either. DH had an issue with the thyme. I read other reviewers had an issue with the salt I used kosher salt. It was fine and not too salty at all. Thanks for a nice meal. We enjoyed trying out your recipe.:) Read More
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  • 5 star values: 54
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  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2008
So easy! We have a gas grill so we cooked them in the oven at 500 for 15 minutes then on the grill for 15. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2010
There's nothing like really good baby back ribs! The smell alone from the grill is enough to make your mouth water! No matter what kind of rub you use they're bound to be good. We don't put our ribs directly on the grill until the end. After the rub, we put some BBQ sauce on the bottom of some foil (to prevent sticking) and wrap the ribs in the foil then place the ribs on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 45 minutes turning the packet a couple of times.. Then we remove them from the foil and place them directly on the grill and baste them with the BBQ sauce for 5 minutes or until done. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2005
These are some of the best baby back ribs I have ever tasted! I don't think baby backs should fall off the bone, and these do not. Save that for country style ribs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2010
Placed ribs in refrig for several hours after using rub. Baked @ 300 for 2 hrs wrapped in foil finished on gas grill with sweet baby rays about 10-15 mins. First time making baby back ribs. Very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2005
I haven't made this recipe using this rub but very similar. Mike's right - they are the best. The secret is to remove the membrane. (It's not easy but well worth it!) Try pulling off with a paper towel. Also I use a rub only and serve the sauce on the side. I use hickory wood. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2008
This has become a family favorite. They are the easiest and best ribs I've ever made. I love that the meat DOESN'T Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2006
I never made ribs before and was nervous they wouldn't turn out right. This was easy and very tasty and you didn't have to grill them for hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
I didn't have time to marinate anything nor did I even have time to strip the membrane off. PLUS I misplaced my Hungarian paprika and only had a gas grill so I followed the advice of one of the reviews and roasted it at 500 degrees for 20 minutes (because I had 3 slabs not one) before grilling it for 20. Despite all of these changes this still came out fantastic and even my 7 year old who made me grill other meat because he refused to eat ribs loved it and turned down the other meat!! The name fits.... these are QUICK baby back ribs! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2006
Excellent recipe for smoking/grilling ribs.. only thing I would change is cut the salt in half in the rub and use it sparingly. Wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2012
The wonderful aroma on these was enough to make your mouth water. These turned out tender but not quite as much as we wanted. We didn't really care much for the rub either. DH had an issue with the thyme. I read other reviewers had an issue with the salt I used kosher salt. It was fine and not too salty at all. Thanks for a nice meal. We enjoyed trying out your recipe.:) Read More
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