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Dr. BBQ’s Famous Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Jaden Hair
Chef and pitmaster Dr BBQ shares his recipe for the most delicious baby back ribs! The perfect char, the most addictive sauce - it's what your BBQ was made for!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 50 mins
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 879 kcal


Baby back ribs

  • 3 slabs baby back ribs membrane on back of ribs removed
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups of Dr. BBQ’s Sweet and Sticky Glaze see below

Dr. BBQ’s rub (see below)

  • Dr. BBQ’s rub
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Dr. BBQ’s Sweet and Sticky Glaze

  • This is what Dr. BBQ always uses to finish his ribs and chicken at BBQ cookoffs around the country.
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon Liquid Smoke Optional
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce of choice


Baby Back Ribs

  • Prepare your cooker for indirect grilling at 275 degrees Fahrenheit, using cherry and hickory wood for flavor. Season the ribs with the rub. Put the ribs into the smoker, meaty site up for two hours. Flip the ribs and cook another hour. Remove the ribs to a platter.
  • Take a double-thick piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil (big enough to wrap a slab of ribs), and slather about 1/3 cup of honey on each sheet, spreading it where the ribs will lie. Place the ribs meaty side down and add more honey on top of the slab. Now crimp the edges of the foil and pour 1/2 cup of apple juice in the bottom. Do this for all three slabs. Loosely close the packets around the ribs and lay them back in the cooker.
  • Cook another 90 minutes. Carefully unwrap the packets and take out the ribs. Place the ribs back on the cooker, raising the temperature to 350 degrees. Brush with the glaze or barbecue sauce and flip several times for another 20 minutes.


  • Combine all ingredients together in a bowl

Sweet and sticky glaze

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, stir well, and simmer for 15 minutes to reduce and thicken


Sodium: 4715mgCalcium: 136mgVitamin C: 4mgVitamin A: 1431IUSugar: 153gFiber: 2gPotassium: 1009mgCholesterol: 73mgCalories: 879kcalSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 19gProtein: 22gCarbohydrates: 164gIron: 4mg
Keyword baby back ribs, bbq ribs, dr bbq
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