BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs


1/2 cup dark brown sugar

4 tsp. pure ancho chile powder

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. freshly ground white pepper

1/4 cup apple jelly, melted

2 racks baby back ribs (about 2 Kg. total)

4 tsp. garlic salt

2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. celery salt

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup apple cider

1/4 cup honey

1 cup prepared BBQ sauce

We didn’t really know what good ribs tasted like until Bill introduced us to them.  Part of the problem was that we were not purchasing the right ribs.  Rather than the meat-less, long, skinny ribs that we traditionally bought, we now purchase baby-back pork ribs.  They are heavy with meat and by the end of this cooking process it is falling off the bone.  For those who live near a Costco, you can purchase these ribs here.


  1. Preheat the oven to 120º C.
  2. In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of the sugar with the garlic salt, chile powder, salt, black pepper, celery salt, cayenne, cinnamon and white pepper. Transfer 1 tablespoon of the spice mix to a medium bowl and whisk in the cider, apple jelly, honey and the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.
  3. Pull the membrane off the underside of each rib rack using a towel to grasp the corner. On a rimmed baking sheet, rub the ribs with the remaining spice mix; bake, meaty side up, for 1 hour.
  4. Pour the cider mixture over the ribs and turn to coat. Tightly cover with foil and bake for 2 1/2 hours. Light a grill. Uncover the ribs and brush with the BBQ sauce; grill over moderate heat, turning and brushing, until glazed, 15 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes, then cut between the bones and serve.