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Dry rubbed baby back ribs

Summer is the perfect time to invite friends and family over and host a tasty BBQ! This recipe may seem complicated but with you can easily make these ribs in your backyard—without a smoker.



  • 2 racks of baby back pork ribs, membranes removed from the area underneath.
  • 1 cup of BBQ Rub (recipe below)
  • 1 spray bottle filled with apple juice, apple cider or beer.

The Easy Pantry BBQ rub:

  • 3 teaspoons each of granulated sugar, brown sugar and kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons each of granulated garlic, granulated onion, ground black pepper and paprika (smoked if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder


  1. Set one burner on the grill to halfway and wait 20 minutes for the temperature on the lid to reach between 250-275 F. Adjust the heat as needed.
  2. Generously apply the bbq rub first to the underside of the ribs, then flip them and apply again to the meat side.
  3. Gently place the ribs on the section of the grill with NO heat underneath. Leave them alone for 30 minutes and then spray with the apple juice to moisten them – just a few spritzes.
  4. Repeat the spritz every 30 minutes.
  5. If you like sauced ribs, apply about 1/2 cup of your favourite sauce with 20 minutes left to cook or at about the one hour 40 minute mark.
  6. The ribs should be done in two hours or when each of the bones are exposed at the ends by about a half inch. Think of fingerless gloves.
  7. Let them rest for ten minutes, cut and serve.