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 baby back ribs

Why This Tender Baby Back Ribs Recipe Is So Good

  • Only 2 ingredients needed (plus salt and pepper) 
  • Ultra tender – fall off the bone – ribs.
  • Sweet, sticky with a touch of chili  – delicious!
  • Perfect for game day.


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

How To Make These Tender Baby Back Ribs – Step By Step

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.

To feed 4 hungry people, start with about 5 pounds of baby back ribs. Actually, you can use the larger St. Louis or country style ribs if you want. Tender baby backs are my thing. The amount of ribs really doesn’t matter – throw in another rack if you’ve got more people.

ribs on 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.

ribs with membrane

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.

membrane being cut off 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 ribs

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

seasoning ribs

Pepper on both sides.

tender baby back ribs in pan

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

side shot of pan with ribs

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

pan covered in foil

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 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 roasting in oven

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

close up of ribs


ribs on platter

Easy Baby Back Ribs

5-minutes hands-on and two ingredients: ribs and 1/2 cup of the sweet chili sauce. Salt and pepper don’t count, but even if you did count it, it’s still will be the best 4 ingredient-dish you can ever make.

Tender Baby Back Ribs

There are 2 camps of rib-lovers:
a) meat fall off the bone camp
b) I want to gnaw and tear meat off the bone camp

I’m part of the first group, I enjoy tender, juicy, succulent meat that requires very little effort to pry from the bone. If you’re like me, you’ll love this recipe and I bet you’d never order ribs at a restaurant again.

side shot of ribs

What’s The Best Sauce For Ribs?

Here’s sweet chili sauce. Mae Ploy is my favorite brand. Really, you can use any type of barbeque 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 suace is on the ribs, keep an eye on them, so the sauce doesn’t burn.

sweet chili sauce in bottle

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Tender Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
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 servings
Calories: 577 kcal
Author: Jaden Hair
  • 5 pounds baby back ribs
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  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 807mg35%
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.