Chicago-Style BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Chicago-Style BBQ Baby Back Ribs
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  • Total: 110 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: Serves 30
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
217 Calories
11g Fat
19g Carbs
12g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These ribs are mouthwatering good! If you're throwing a huge cookout, this is the recipe to use. It calls for 10 racks of ribs! You can always alter the recipe if you're making a smaller quantity.


  • For the Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • For the Rub
  • 1 cup paprika
  • 1/3 cup celery salt
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 10 racks baby back ribs

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, sauté garlic in the oil.

  2. Add remaining sauce ingredients and allow to come to a boil. Turn down heat and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often.

  3. While sauce is simmering, combine rub ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

  4. Trim and clean ribs.

  5. Rub ribs with spices and let then sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.

  6. After you rub the ribs with the spices, the sauce should be finished. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  7. Preheat grill.

  8. Cook ribs over an indirect medium heat for about an hour.

  9. Turn once and cook for additional 30 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burning. You might need to grill large quantity of ribs in shifts.

  10. When the ribs have finished cooking a knife will pass easily into the meat between the ribs and you can see no or very little pink.

  11. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!