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Barbecued Baby-Back Ribs


Boiling the meat will result in tender ribs. It also shortens the overall cooking time.

  • Servings: 12
  • Yield:

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2006


  • 6 racks baby-back ribs
  • 4 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pierre's Barbecue Sauce


  1. Divide ribs between 2 large pots. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook 3 minutes, skimming any foam that rises to the surface. Drain; rinse under cold water. Cover ribs with cold water again.

  2. Divide celery, carrots, onion, and garlic between pots; add 1 tablespoon salt to each pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until ribs are tender, about 1 hour. Drain; discard vegetables.

  3. Preheat grill to medium (if you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 5 to 6 seconds). Season ribs generously with salt and pepper; brush with barbecue sauce. Grill, turning frequently and brushing with sauce occasionally, until heated through and marked by grill, about 15 minutes. Cut into servings of about 3 ribs each; brush with more sauce. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

You can cook the ribs a day ahead and store them, wrapped in plastic, in the refrigerator; bring them to room temperature before grilling.

Reviews Add a comment

  • sjschleuder
    18 AUG, 2013
    I have tried every baby back rib recipe under the sun...these are far and away the best I have ever made. They got rave reviews from my guests, who are not prone to hyperbole and polite comments. They were tender and tasty...the meat falling off the bone. I have my own favorite sauce, so I used that on the grill, but otherwise I followed this recipe to the letter. Great ribs!!
  • MS10987062
    5 JUL, 2009
    I made these yesterday for the first time and they were absolutely delicious. I have tried many ways to barbeque ribs and these are by far the best. I did the first two steps about 3 hours ahead of time and then just threw them on the grill for 15 minutes. I did not make the sauce, however. I had some excellent grilling sauce that I used instead.