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Baby Back Ribs with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

  • Serves: 8
  • Complexity: medium
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Baby Back Ribs with Sweet and Spicy Sauce


  • (3) 1–1 ½ pound slabs baby back ribs, silver skin removed
  • Vegetable oil, for oiling grill
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. chili sauce, such as Sambal Oelek
  • 3 tbsp. chives, minced


  1. In a bowl combine all of the spice rub ingredients and mix well. Cover the ribs in the spice mixture, making sure to massage the spices into the meat. In a large resealable bag place the ribs.

    Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.

  2. Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and set aside to let the flavors meld. 

  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat 350°F. If using a 3 burner grill, light only 2 grates (the middle and one side) leaving one off. If you have a 2 burner grill, light only 1 side. 

  4. Lay two pieces of heavy duty foil, long enough to fit all 3 racks, on top of each other. Shingle the ribs on the foil and tightly wrap making sure no air or liquid can escape. 

  5. Place the rib package on the unheated part of the grill (indirect heat) and grill for 1 hour, flipping the package half way through. 

  6. Remove from the grill and take out of the foil. Oil the grates and place the ribs, meat side down, on the grill for 3-5 minutes until you see grill marks. Flip and cook bone side down.

    Cover the meat side of the ribs with sauce at this point. After 3-5 minutes flip again and grill the sauced side down for 3-5 more minutes. Sauce the bone side now. Flip one last time to get the bone-side, now sauced, lightly charred. 

  7. Remove and let sit for about 5 minutes. Cut and serve with extra sauce.

    Recipe Courtesy of Megan Mitchell

    As Seen on Grill Next Door on Yahoo!

Comments (4)

  • Russell

    18 June 2016 at 22:14 |
    I have been using this recipe for 3 years now and each time someone new asks me for the recipe. The first time, I ended up making ribs 3 weekends in a row. =)


    • Megan Mitchell

      22 June 2016 at 20:33 |
      I love that!!


  • Megan Mitchell

    22 January 2014 at 09:52 |
    So glad you and your family liked them!


  • Adam Trice

    06 January 2014 at 10:21 |
    Megan thank you for sharing this recipe. My family loved it and it changed the way I cook ribs now. It is absolutely delicious.


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