Easy BBQ Ribs

Easy BBQ Ribs | Vibrant Life Army Wife

Ribs are probably my husbands favorite food. We rarely get them at restaurants or buy them at the grocery store because they are more expensive than other cuts of meat, but I’m pretty sure he would eat them every day if cost wasn’t an issue.

When he was overseas a few months back I spotted some tasty lookin’ ribs that were on sale at Whole Foods and I couldn’t resist. So I picked up a couple of racks and put them in the freezer for when he got home. Now whenever my husband makes these ribs I am reminded of the joy and contentment I felt at that time having my best friend home again.

Easy BBQ Ribs | Vibrant Life Army Wife

My husband loves Stubb’s BBQ Sauce so he always uses that for his rack but, although it’s certainly not the worst out there as far as ingredients, I’m not particularly fond of the fact that it contains corn starch, additives and refined sugar. I typically go with a homemade version because that’s just how I roll. I like this one.

Although this recipe takes some time, the hands on time is actually very minimal. So prep the rub, spread it on the ribs, and let the fridge and the oven do the work while you spend time with your loved ones. Then throw them on the grill when you’re ready to eat and enjoy some delicious, fall off the bone, melt in your mouth ribs!

Easy BBQ Ribs | Vibrant Life Army Wife

Easy BBQ Ribs
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 Tbs coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbs smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • About 4 large racks baby back (pork loin back) ribs
  1. Combine all spice ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Place ribs on large baking sheets
  3. Spread spice mixture all over top side of ribs
  4. Cover with foil and place in the fridge for 6-8 hours
  5. About 3 hours before you want to eat, preheat oven to 350 degrees
  6. Place ribs in preheated oven for 2 hours and 15 minutes (make sure the foil is completely sealed around the baking sheet to hold in the moisture)
  7. Heat grill to 300-350 degrees
  8. Place ribs on rib rack on the grill
  9. Brush your favorite BBQ sauce on the ribs
  10. Close lid and let cook for about 6 minutes
  11. Brush more sauce on the ribs
  12. Close lid and let cook for about 6 more minutes
  13. Remove from grill and serve


I hope this recipe will come to incite fond memories for you as it has for me. Is there a recipe that reminds you of a time, place, or person every time you make it? Feel free to share in the comments below!

In vibrant health,