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Grilled baby back ribs (4 servings)



Marinating ingredients (optional)

  • 3/4 cup of Lemon
  • A full lime fruit
  • 1 cup of Orange juice
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of Water


  • Grill
  • Tongs
  • Knife
  • Measuring spoons
  • Bowl


  1. Start by removing the membrane from the baby’s back rib with a knife and some paper or kitchen towels.
  2. To marinate, in a bowl or big plastic bag put the baby back rib inside and add a cup of orange juice, 3/4 cup of lemon juice, half cup of water, 2 tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of Pepper, and the juice of a medium-sized lime.
  3. Mix thoroughly as this helps in making the meat tender, you could also brine instead of marinating if you’d want.
  4. Place the mixture in a refrigerator for about 3 hours and make a rub in a bowl, if you have an already made dry rub just use 1/4 cup to season.
  5. To make the rib start by adding 2 tablespoons of kosher salt into the bowl, 1 tablespoon of dry thyme, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of Cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons of paprika, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, and 1 tablespoon of dry oregano. Mix thoroughly.
  6. After 3 hours, bring out your marinated baby back ribs and pat them dry with a paper towel, lay them on a clean surface, and rub the seasoning mix on them.
  7. If you’re using a gas grill reduce it to low heat and place your meat on top and if you’re using a charcoal grill place the meat away from the charcoal heat, so it cooks slowly and tender, put the cover on and cook for about 2-3 hours with a 275° F.
  8. After an hour into the cooking time, check on the baby’s back ribs and move them around so it cokes evenly.
  9. Add some moisture by mixing orange juice and water, use a spray bottle to distribute the liquid in Baby’s back ribs, and let it cook.
  10. Make a coating sauce with BBQ sauce and garlic powder or any ingredient of your choice, use this liquid to pat on your baby’s back with a basting brush.
  11. Keep checking on the ribs maybe every 20 minutes to an hour and move them around each time so they cook evenly.
  12. Coat the meat with this BBQ sauce towards the end of your cooking between 15-20 minutes so the sugars wouldn’t burn off.
  13. use a meat thermometer if you have one to check for doneness and if ready remove baby back ribs from the grill onto a cutting board. Let it rest for a few minutes maybe 10- 15 minutes.
  14. Then go ahead and cut into desired sizes and serve with some BBQ sauce and any additional topping.

If you’d still like more ideas and methods on how to go about making a baby back on a grill, then you should check out this video recipe

  • Author: Bobby