Ribs by James…

My brother James and my mom are HUGE fans of ribs.  Anytime we go eat at any of our local BBQ joints (which we have several of here in Texas) they always order ribs.  Me, I am more of a brisket and sausage gal, but that is for another day and another recipe.  

It is RIB time

OK… now back to the ribs…being that my brother loves ribs & he loves to grill and smoke things he took it upon himself to make the best ribs ever…and I will admit they are really, really good.

He experimented with several variations of this recipe but finally found the perfect combo of oven time and grill time.  The beauty of these ribs is that they fall off the bone from being cooked low and slow in the oven and all wrapped in foil, and the spices really have time to get deep down into the meat giving the ribs amazing flavor.  

A little grill time makes a big difference

Not only do they fall off the bone though they also have a little char and smokiness to them from the grill.  Putting them on the grill for just a few minutes adds in just the right amount of char and smoke, at least for my liking.  

Now I know some people probably love a smoked all the way rib, and that is great, but for those of us who don’t have a smoker, or the time, this is a perfect rib recipe.

Bring on the ribs…

8 servings

James’s Ribs

Tender, fall of the bone ribs that are so easy no one will believe you

1 hrPrep Time

3 hrCook Time

4 hrTotal Time

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2 racks of baby back ribs (about 5 lbs total)
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
**Or 3-4 tbsp all purpose seasoning
2 cups BBQ sauce


Preheat oven to 275
Trim ribs as needed
In a small bowl combine all the spices to make a spice rub, or use your favorite all purpose seasoning
Lay several sheets of foil flat in a rimmed baking sheet, large enough to wrap ribs tightly
Place one rack of ribs onto foil
Using half of your desired spice rub, coat the rack of ribs
Wrap foil around rack and repeat with next rack of ribs
Once both racks are wrapped place onto baking sheet and bake for 2 - 2 1/2 hours or until meat begins to pull back from the bone
Remove racks from foil and heat grill to medium high heat
Brush BBQ sauce all over ribs
Place ribs onto grill and cook for 8-10 minutes per side, or until each side is nicely charred
Remove and let ribs sit for 10 minutes
Slice ribs in between each bone
Serve withe extra sauce


Each serving is 18 WW Smart Points:

Nutritional Info Calories 614 Calories from Fat 254 Total Fat 28.2g Saturated Fat 11.3g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 175mg Sodium 1744mg Potassium 1051mg Total Carbohydrates 25.6g Dietary Fiber 1.2g Sugars 17.4g Protein 60.3g Vitamin A 11% - Vitamin C 3% - Calcium 5% - Iron 38% Nutrition Grade B-

Use your imagination

The seasoning rub that we used is something that has evolved over time and will probably continue evolving, but if you have a favorite rub that you use feel free to use that…just make sure the ribs are coated really, really well.

Use your imagination and experiment with different spice combos until you find something that you love.

Real quick…let talk BBQ Sauce

I have a couple of homemade BBQ sauces that I loves (recipes can be found here) or you can use your favorite homemade version.  If you have never tried a fruit based BBQ sauce…you should try it.  It is so, so good and adds a great flavor profile that will leave people asking you for the recipe.

Whether you are having a big party or just a few family to friends over the Memorial Day weekend, these ribs will be a BIG hit…even the non-rib lovers will love these…yes I even LOVE these ribs (just don’t tell my brother)!!


star thank you-hPS…dont forget to take time to thank all those around you have served, loss a loved one while serving, are serving or have someone in their life who is serving this Memorial Day.  


You can print our these Thank You cards  here for a quick and easy way to say thank you!!


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