Finger-Licking Good BBQ Ribs

Finger-Licking Good BBQ Ribs plated

Recipe Information

Time 3 hours
Servings 4 People

These Finger-Licking Good BBQ Ribs have been a family favorite for years. I remember my dad making them on weekends when we had friends over for a backyard barbecue. The smell of the ribs cooking on the grill would fill the air, and everyone couldn't wait to dig in.

Over the years, I've tweaked the recipe slightly, but the essence remains the same: tender, juicy ribs with a deliciously smoky and sweet sauce. It's a dish that brings people together and creates lasting memories.

Now, I'm excited to share this recipe with you so that you can create your own memories with family and friends. Enjoy!


  • 2 racks baby back ribs (about 4 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 275°F (135°C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs by sliding a knife under it and pulling it off. This will make the ribs more tender.
  4. Rub the spice mixture evenly over both sides of the ribs.
  5. Wrap each rack of ribs tightly in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and easily pulls away from the bone.
  7. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  8. Carefully remove the ribs from the foil and place them on the grill, bone side down.
  9. Brush the ribs generously with BBQ sauce and grill for 5-7 minutes per side, until the sauce is caramelized and slightly charred.
  10. Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before cutting into individual portions and serving.


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