Classic BBQ Ribs Recipe

Enjoy tender, flavorful ribs with this classic BBQ recipe. Perfect for a summer cookout or a cozy family dinner, these ribs are slow-cooked to perfection and finished with a rich, tangy barbecue sauce.


  • For the ribs:
  • 2 racks of pork ribs (baby back or spare ribs)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1 cup apple juice (for basting)
  • For the barbecue sauce:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the ribs:
  2. Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  3. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for tender results. Use a knife to loosen the edge of the membrane and then pull it off using a paper towel for grip.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Rub this spice mixture evenly over both sides of the ribs.
  6. Cook the ribs:
  7. Place the ribs on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Pour apple juice into the baking sheet to keep the ribs moist during cooking.
  8. Cover the ribs with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and pulling away from the bones.
  9. Prepare the barbecue sauce:
  10. While the ribs are baking, combine all barbecue sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  11. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Finish the ribs:
  14. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  15. Remove the ribs from the oven and discard the foil.
  16. Brush both sides of the ribs generously with the prepared barbecue sauce.
  17. Place the ribs on the grill and cook for 5-10 minutes on each side, or until the sauce is caramelized and the ribs have a nice char.
  18. Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  19. Serve:
  20. Cut the ribs into individual portions.
  21. Serve with extra barbecue sauce on the side and your favorite side dishes.

Enjoy your delicious, homemade BBQ ribs!

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