Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Total Time:
3 hrs, 30 mins
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs, 20 mins
6 servings
Dish Size:
3 Quart
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June 28, 2012
Tara’s Tidbits®

Heat any additional barbecue sauce in the microwave for about 1 minute before topping the ribs, ensuring that everything is nice and hot!

Smaller and leaner, baby back ribs are definitely the prime cut of ribs. I like to cut the ribs into smaller sections for easy serving, and then coat with a dry rub of great flavors before topping with barbecue sauce. Just be sure to serve with plenty of napkins! -Tara


  • 1 rack baby back ribs, 4-5 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut ribs into 2-rib sections. (This is easiest to do by cutting in between the ribs from the larger end of the rib toward the smaller end.)
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, and rub over all sections of the ribs.
  3. Arrange rib sections in a 3-quart or larger temp-tations® baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 3 hours, or until the meat is fork tender and the ribs are well-browned.
  4. Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees. Drain any grease from the baking dish. Cover all ribs in the barbecue sauce, tossing to ensure that they are evenly coated.
  5. Bake 30 more minutes, or until the barbecue sauce has turned into a nice glaze. Serve hot, topped with additional barbecue sauce, if desired.
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