babyback ribs and barbecue sauce

Fall Off the Bone Ribs

What's the secret to fall off the bone ribs? You want to make sure you choose the right cut of pork, and you want to use a spice rub that adds flavor while it tenderizes. And when it comes to cooking them, slow and low is best! This recipe makes the most tender ribs I have ever tasted!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 327 kcal


  • 1 rack pork loin back ribs
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce

For the Spice Rub

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons paprika
  • teaspoons ground mustard
  • teaspoons cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine spices in a mason jar and stir or shake to combine, being careful to break up any clumps.
  3. Place two large pieces of foil, overlapping in the center, on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Top with a large piece of parchment paper, which is big enough to encase your rack of ribs.
  5. Place the ribs, meat side up on top of the parchment. Coat the top, bottom and sides of the ribs with spice rub. (You will have spice rub left over. Store any leftover spice rub in the pantry in a mason jar or another airtight container.))

  6. Fold the parchment over the ribs, sealing along the center and at both ends. Then fold the foil over the parchment-encased ribs.

  7. Cook ribs for 1 hour to 1½ hours in the oven on the middle or lower rack. Cook until a knife pierces the meat easily with no resistance.

  8. Transfer to a medium low grill and brush ribs on both sides with barbecue sauce.
  9. Cook on the grill over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, turning once, until the sauce has caramelized.
  10. Alternately, you can finish the ribs on a lined baking sheet in a 425-degree oven, cooking for about 15 minutes.
  11. After basting the ribs with barbecue sauce, watch them closely as the sugar in the sauce can char or burn.

Recipe Notes

You will have extra spice rub left when making this recipe. Store any unused, uncontaminated rub in a mason jar or airtight container in the pantry.

Nutrition Facts
Fall Off the Bone Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 9749mg424%
Potassium 410mg12%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 2965IU59%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.