Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs

Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs
Peden + Munk


  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons  kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon  dry mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon  paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 Pounds  baby back ribs (8 racks) or spareribs (4 racks)
  •   Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill
  •   Low-sodium chicken broth (optional)
  • 1 1/2 Cup  store-bought or homemade barbecue sauce, plus more for serving

This go-to recipe for classic barbecued ribs embraces what we refer to as our "oven-cheat" method — a technique that'll get you ultra-tender meat without spending 12 hours manning a smoker. Choose your cut — baby backs or spareribs — and follow three simple steps: 1. Season. 2. Bake. 3. Grill.

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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Place each rack of ribs on a double layer of foil and sprinkle the rub all over the ribs. Wrap the racks individually and divide between 2 baking sheets.

Bake the ribs until very tender but not falling apart, about 2 hours for baby back ribs or 3 hours for spareribs. Carefully unwrap the ribs and pour any juices from the foil into a 4-cup heatproof measuring cup. Reserve the juices and let the ribs cool completely.*

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill on high heat. Brush the grate with oil. Add the broth or water to the rib juices, if needed, to measure 1 ½ cups. Whisk in the barbecue sauce to blend.

Grill the ribs, basting with the barbecue sauce mixture and turning frequently, until lacquered and charred in places and heated through, 7-10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut between the ribs to separate. Transfer to a platter and serve with more barbecue sauce.



Calories per serving:

1,104 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 598g 920%
  • Carbs 160g 53%
  • Saturated 210g 1,052%
  • Fiber 7g 28%
  • Trans 5g
  • Sugars 126g
  • Monounsaturated 251g
  • Polyunsaturated 99g
  • Protein 698g 1,396%
  • Cholesterol 2,504mg 835%
  • Sodium 24,455mg 1,019%
  • Calcium 1,298mg 130%
  • Magnesium 669mg 167%
  • Potassium 10,072mg 288%
  • Iron 32mg 180%
  • Zinc 94mg 624%
  • Phosphorus 5,741mg 820%
  • Vitamin A 482µg 54%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 6%
  • Thiamin (B1) 17mg 1,116%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 11mg 669%
  • Niacin (B3) 249mg 1,246%
  • Vitamin B6 16mg 790%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 22µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 20µg 339%
  • Vitamin D 40µg 10%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 71%
  • Vitamin K 15µg 19%
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