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Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Course: Main Course
Total Time: Under 2 Hours
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Moderate
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Barbecue Ribs

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

I love these ribs--they’re better than real BBO for two reasons:

(1) They ring in at one-third the calories and fat of the original, and

(2) you can make them easily at home in your oven and enjoy BBO even when it’s raining, or too hot, or too cold, or the mosquitoes are out in droves.

Yield: Serves 4

  • 1 rack baby back ribs (1½ to 1¾ pounds), trimmed of all visible fat
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke, such as Stubb’s
  • ¾ cup reduced-sugar ketchup, such as Heinz
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, roughly chopped
  • 12 garlic cloves, roughly chopped


1. Preheat, the oven to 425°F. Lay a 2-foot-long piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet, and set it aside.

2. Cut the rib rack in half; season it generously with salt and pepper. Place the ribs on the prepared baking sheet.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the paprika, liquid smoke, ketchup, and red wine vinegar. Pour the sauce over the meat, turning to coat it completely. Scatter the onions and garlic over the sauce. Place another piece of foil on top, and fold up the edges of the foil to make a tightly sealed package. Roast the ribs for 30 minutes.

4. Reduce the heat to 275°F, and bake until the meat is tender, about 1 hour.

5. Slicing in between the bones, cut the ribs into 4 portions, and serve.

© 2010 Spirit Media, LLC

Nutritional information is provided by the author.

Fat 17.3g
Calories 330
Protein 28g
Carbohydrates 13g
Cholesterol 87mg
Fiber 2g
Sodium 328mg


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