Tender Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Chili Sauce

There aren’t very many recipes that can boast “2 ingredients” and taste better than fall off the bone Tender Baby Back Ribs, smothered in sweet, sticky Thai chili sauce. Which, by the way, isn’t really all that spicy despite the name.

tender fall off the bone baby back ribs using 2 ingredients
Two ingredients, 10 minutes hands-on recipe for baby back ribs

What you’ll learn in this recipe

  • Only 2 ingredients needed (plus salt and pepper) 
  • Ultra tender – fall off the bone – ribs.
  • 10 minutes hands-on, the rest of the time is in the oven.
  • Sweet, sticky with a touch of chili  – delicious!
  • Perfect for game day.

Ingredients 

  • Baby back ribs
  • Thai sweet chili sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make tender baby back ribs

This technique can be used with ANY type of barbeque sauce. If you want, you can also use a dry rub instead of the salt and pepper.

  1. Remove the backside membrane, if needed.
  2. Season the ribs with salt, pepper or your favorite dry-rub.
  3. Roast in oven for 4 hours at 275F.
  4. Smother your favorite bbq sauce or my favorite, sticky sweet Asian chile sauce (which is not spicy). Broil 3-5 minutes until nicely browned on top.

To feed 4 hungry people, start with about 5 pounds of baby back ribs. The recipe is exactly the same, no matter how many ribs you have. The amount throw in another rack if you’ve got more people.

baby back ribs on cutting board

Turn the rib over to the underside — see that layer of white membrane covering the ribs? You’ll want to remove that – it’s tough and stringy.

*Note: some baby back ribs come with the membrane already removed. Ask your butcher!

baby back ribs with membrane still attached

Take a butter knife, wedge it just underneath the membrane to loosen.

cutting membrane off baby back ribs

Pull the membrane up and off the bone.

remove membrane for tender baby back ribs

Once you’ve got a section off, use your fingers to remove the rest – just peel it off.

pulling membrane off baby back ribs

See how thick and tough that membrane is? Removing this will make your ribs infinitely better. Sometimes this membrane is really thick (like mine) and sometimes it’s really thin and a little more difficult to remove. Try to get as much as you can.

membrane coming off baby back ribs

Place all the ribs in a roasting pan, it doesn’t matter if they overlap. Season with salt on both sides.

seasoning baby back ribs

Pepper on both sides.

fall off the bone baby back ribs in pan

If they overlap, I like to layer them like this.

side shot of pan with fall off the bone baby back ribs

Cover with double-thickness of tin foil. Bake at 275F for 4 hours or so.

pan covered in foil, bake 4 hours at 275F for the most tender baby back ribs

After 4-ish hours, they’ll look like this:

roasted tender baby back ribs

Use a spatula to move them to a baking sheet.

tray with tender baby back ribs

Brush on the sweet chili sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce all over the ribs.

basting sauce on tender baby back ribs

Be generous! Brush on a lot.

tender baby back ribs with chili sauce

Now move your oven rack to the top 1/3 of the oven and broil for 5 minutes. Keep a good watch on ’em! Don’t let them burn.

ribs broiling in oven

And that’s it! Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Chili Sauce.

fall off the bone baby back ribs
ribs on platter
side shot of ribs

What’s The Best Sauce For Ribs?

sweet chili sauce in bottle

Here’s an Asian sweet chili sauce that’s sweet, sticky and not spicy at all. Mae Ploy is my favorite brand. Really, you can use any type of BBQ sauce, thick teriyaki sauce that you want. No need to stick to sweet chili sauce (but please, try it just once!).

Top Tips For These Tender Baby Back Ribs

  • Remove the membrane before cooking, for super tender ribs.
  • Double up on the recipe if you have more guests.
  • When it comes to sauces, choose whatever you like, but sweet chili works so well!
  • Once the sauce is on the ribs, keep an eye on them, so the sauce doesn’t burn.

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Have you tried these tender baby back ribs? Feel free to leave a star rating and I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

4.15 from 14 votes
Tender Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 5 mins
 

There aren't very many recipes that can boast "2 ingredients" and taste better than fall off the bone Tender Baby Back Ribs, smothered in sweet, sticky Thai chili sauce. Which by the way, isn't really all that spicy despite the name.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby back ribs, sweet chili ribs, tender ribs
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 577 kcal
Author: Jaden Hair
Ingredients
  • 5 pounds baby back ribs
  • salt & pepper or your favorite pork dry rub
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275F. On the underside of the rib, remove the thin membrane and discard. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the ribs in a roasting pan, cover with double thickness of tin foil.
  3. Roast for 4 hours or so. Discard foil. Use a wide, flat spatula to carefully lift the ribs onto a baking sheet. Spread the sweet chili sauce generously over the ribs.
  4. Place oven rack near the top of the oven. Turn broiler on and broil the ribs for 3-5 minutes, or until the sweet chili sauce begins to caramelize. Make sure you don’t burn the sauce, so keep a close eye on the ribs.
Nutrition Facts
Tender Baby Back Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 577 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 420mg18%
Potassium 588mg17%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 52IU1%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.