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Baby Back Ribs with a Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce

Teri & Jenny
5 from 4 votes
Servings 4


  • 1 (3 pound) rack baby back ribs

dry rub

  • 1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard

braising liquid

  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

sweet honey barbecue sauce

  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • cup water
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper


  • Place ribs on a baking sheet, lined with plastic wrap.
  • Mix together all the dry rub ingredients until well combined. Smother ribs with the dry rub, on both sides, until fully coated and tightly wrap with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate and allow ribs to marinate for 12 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 275˚F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together all braising liquid ingredients.
  • Remove ribs from the refrigerator and unwrap. Place ribs atop a large sheet of heavy duty foil, meat side down, and lift up all sides around the ribs. Pour braising liquid over ribs and tightly wrap.
  • Place ribs onto a baking sheet and place into oven for about 2 ½ hours.
  • While the ribs bake, combine all sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour sauce into a small pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  • Remove ribs from the oven and carefully unwrap. Remove ribs from the foil completely and place back onto the baking sheet, meat side up.
  • Turn broiler on high in oven.
  • Brush sauce over the meaty side of the ribs and place under broiler for 4 to 5 minutes or until caramelized and the edges begin to crisp.
  • Remove from broiler and allow ribs to rest for about 10 minutes. Cut rack into individual ribs and serve with more sauce on the side.


  • Makes 1 full rack
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