I am happy to be sharing this recipe for BBQ Baby Back Riblets along with my homemade rub and BBQ sauce.
One night last week while fixing these riblets for dinner, I decided to take some pictures to share this recipe, since it always turns out so good. I finished them off in my grill pan, but before I could serve them, I received an important phone call that I had to take. When I returned to the kitchen, the guys were already eating the BBQ Baby Back Riblets, so I was not able to finish adding the sauce or to get a picture of the finished dish.
I am probably not the only person this has ever happened to. I had to laugh, but wishing I could have finished them.
The recipe for the rub and sauce will be included at the end of the post.
Place the boneless baby back ribs on a cutting board.
Slice each one to separate.
Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.
Sprinkle about a cup of the rub over the meat. Rub into the meat to cover well.
Place into a disposable pan, cover with foil or into a large Ziploc bag, allow to set at least 3 hours to overnight.
Bake, covered, at 250 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. I did add about a cup of water in bottom of pan.
Remove from pan and place onto a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Turn frequently, brushing with BBQ sauce.
I think the meat is more moist cooked in my grill pan than on the grill.
Cook for about 20 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.
Remove from grill/grill pan and place on a serving dish.
Cover with foil and allow to set for about 5 minutes.
Serve with extra sauce on the side.
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons McCormick Grill Mates BBQ Seasoning
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl, using a fork or a small whisk.
- Rub on meat or store in a Ziploc bag for later use.
- Makes 1 cup
- 1/4 cup honey flavored BBQ sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar (preference of sweetness, we use 1/2 cup)
- 3 teaspoons McCormick Grill Mates BBQ Seasoning
- In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients.
- Simmer over a low heat about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Makes about 2 cups.
- Recipe for Homemade BBQ Rub
- Recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce
- 4 lbs boneless baby back ribs
- Prepare BBQ rub as directed.
- Place ribs onto a large cutting board and cut into slices, and then into 1 1/2 inch cubes.
- Rub BBQ spice mixture onto all sides of the riblets. Place in a disposable pan or large Ziploc bag. Allow to set in refrigerator for 3 hours to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Place riblets into a baking pan if not already in one. Add 1 cup water to bottom of the pan. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
- Prepare BBQ sauce.
- Heat a grill pan (or grill) to a medium heat. Place riblets in grill pan and brush with BBQ sauce. Turn frequently with tongs and brush with additional BBQ sauce when turning.
- If using grill, place on aluminum foil, sprayed with no stick cooking spray.
- Cook for approx. 20 minutes total. Internal temperature should be 160 degrees.
- Remove from heat and cover with foil to rest 5 minutes.
- Transfer to serving platter and serve with additional sauce on the side.
I served these BBQ Baby Back Riblets with twice baked
potatoes, corn on the cob and baked beans.