Grilled Baby Back Ribs

The trick to making perfect grilled baby back ribs every time is to cook them low and slow in the oven before grilling them. Trust me, it works!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled ribs, ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 7 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 701 kcal


  • 4 racks baby back pork ribs 9 to 12 pounds
  • 2 cups apple cider*
  • ¼ cup sweet paprika
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Your favorite barbeque sauce


  1. Combine all dry ingredients and generously rub over surface of ribs. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place room temperature ribs on high edged baking sheet lined with wire rack. Pour 1 cup apple cider in baking sheet, place ribs on rack and cook for 1 ½ hours. Add another 1 cup cider and cook for another 1 ½ hours or until meat pulls apart from bones.

  3. Preheat grill to medium high. Grill ribs for 7-10 minutes each side, basting with barbeque sauce. Remove and serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 701 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 196mg65%
Sodium 1142mg50%
Potassium 896mg26%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 55g110%
Vitamin A 2133IU43%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.