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The Best Barbeque Ribs

I never really grew up eating ribs. It's probably partly because they can be pricey but also because for the longest time I didn't like barbeque sauce. All the barbeque...

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Yields: 8 servings
Recipe by Tessa Arias


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 1 1/2 cups barbeque sauce, plus more


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two large baking sheets with double layers of foil. Combine the salt, dry mustard, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper in a small bowl. Divide the ribs between baking sheets and sprinkle evenly with spice mixture. Wrap each rib individually with foil.
  2. Bake the ribs until very tender but not falling apart, about 2 hours. Let the ribs cool completely. Rewrap the ribs in foil and place in the refrigerator until chilled or up to 3 days (chilling the ribs makes them easier to grill without falling apart and the flavor actually develops the longer they're in the fridge).
  3. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high.
  4. Grill the ribs, basting with the barbecue sauce mixture and turning frequently, until lacquered and charred in places and heated through, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut between ribs to separate. Transfer to a platter and serve with additional barbecue sauce.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Bon Appetit July 2012