No grill needed for these succulent baby back ribs! They're rubbed with hot paprika, fennel seeds, and fresh herbs, then roasted, broiled, and finished with a garlicky white-balsamic glaze.

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2018


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
3 hrs 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment-lined foil. Stir together oil, 4 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, paprika, fennel seeds, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Rub mixture all over ribs. Cover; let stand at least 1 hour, or refrigerate up to overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roast ribs, uncovered, until meat is tender, 2 hours. (Ribs can be allowed to cool completely at this point and stored, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.) Switch oven to broil, with a rack 6 inches from heating element. Stir together vinegar and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Brush ribs with half of glaze. Broil until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Brush with remaining glaze, if desired. Cut into pieces and serve, alongside potato salad.

Cook's Notes

To prevent ribs from becoming chewy after cooking, remove the thin, tissuey membrane from the undersides: Slide the tip of a knife between the bone and the membrane at one end, then pull it back. It should come off in one piece.