Foolproof Ribs with BBQ Sauce from Foolproof Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten

Feel free to drool. There, I’m done.

Alright, so I’m not really. But I could be. These, my friends, are my perfect food. I love ribs. And I’m chagrined to find that it’s been way too long since we talked about them here.

For a carnivore such as myself, barbecued ribs are the perfect soul satisfying food. There’s the meat, which is grilled slowly over a low fire. There’s the Flinstones’ ‘Yabba dabba do’ joy of a brontosaurus-sized slab on the plate, and there the fire-kissed, caramelized deliciousness of a perfect sauce slathering everything, including me.

Today is the fourth Thursday of the month, which means that it’s Pass the Cook Book Club day. Hosted by Kita of Pass the Sushi, the club gives me, and others like me, the chance to dip into the stack of cookbooks we have laying around the house.

For July, the club chose ‘Foolproof Recipes You Can Trust,’ by Ina Garten. As far as that goes, I think any recipe that Ina comes up with is one I can trust.

Our choices this month were a gazpacho, blondies and these ribs. For me, there really wasn’t any option; if ribs are there, ribs I’ll choose. You can, however, check out the other two dishes if you’d like. Just head to the links of other club members at the bottom.

But, for now, let’s do ribs.

The Process

Foolproof may not always equal easy, you know. It could be a very difficult recipe that always turns out perfectly. It could be, but in this case, it isn’t. Difficult, that is.

If you can throw ingredients in a saucepan, you can make these ribs. There are thirteen ingredients in the sauce, which is what makes it so delicious, but they’re all items that are already in a pretty well stocked pantry.

The sauce simmers and gets poured on the ribs, which are then wrapped in foil and baked for a good long time. For you purists out there who are calling foul for my using the oven instead of the grill, you’ll get over it. If you want, just grill the foil package instead.

When the ribs are done, light a good hot fire on the grill and let the flames kiss that barbecue sauce until it caramelizes and glazes on the meat.

The Verdict

Delicious. Absolutely freakin’ delicious. These were tender, juicy and full of flavor. The sauce, which is the real star, is amazing. All three of us inhaled dinner.

Ok, if you’re going to watch Dudette’s review, I need to include a disclaimer here. I was distracted when Dudette was ‘prepping’ for her shoot. She asked me about the ribs and without thinking, I said they were from Bobby Flay. It’s not a far reach, right? Grilling. Bobby. They go together much more than grilling and Ina.

And yes, she does say souffle. That’s my girl.

What I’d Do Different Next Time

Not a thing.

Foolproof Ribs with BBQ Sauce from Foolproof Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten
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Cook time
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Recipe type: Grilling
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients for the Ribs
  • 5 lbs. Baby Back Ribs (or St. Louis ribs)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 recipe BC BBQ Sauce

Ingredients for the BC Barbecue Sauce
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups chopped yellow onion (1 large onion)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 cup (10 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat, add the onions, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, honey, Worcestershire, mustard, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Use the sauce immediately or pour into a container and refrigerate.
  3. Place the ribs on the sheet pan meat side up and sprinkle them with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Pour the BBQ sauce generously on each rack and cover the ribs loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for 1½ hours for baby backs and 1¾ hours for St. Louis ribs, until the meat is very tender when tested with a fork. As soon as the ribs are out of the oven, spread them generously with additional BBQ sauce. Grill right away or refrigerate to grill later.
  4. About 50 minutes before you want to serve, heat a charcoal grill with a later of hot coals or heat a gas grill to medium-high heat. After the charcoal turns gray, brush the coking grate with oil to keep the ribs from sticking. Place the ribs on the grill ribs-side-down, put the lid on top (be sure both vents are open), and grill for 5 minutes. Turn the ribs meat-side-down, put the lid back on, and grill for another 4-5 minutes, until nicely browned. Place on a cutting board, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and allow the ribs to rest for 10 minutes. Cut into ribs and serve hot with extra BBQ sauce on the side.


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32 Responses to Foolproof Ribs with BBQ Sauce from Foolproof Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten

  1. Bobby did an awesome job. Least thats what it sound like Dudette said at the beginning. TOo cute!

  2. juanitascocina says:

    I am now going to call him Bobby Souffle forever. She is the cutest thing evah!!!

  3. blahnikbaker says:

    I love the video and those ribs are seriously drool worthy!

  4. culinarycam says:

    I did the ribs too – but used lamb and added orange marmalade to my sauce. It was a great recipe! Looking forward to next month's adventure.

  5. Karen says:

    Would you say that the ribs end up very mustardy-tasting? I know it's blasphemy, but I am just not a huge fan of mustard and 1 cup sounds like a lot.

  6. Janie E says:

    I have never made ribs, not gonna lie, they are intimidating! Yours look so good! :)

  7. seana says:

    Bobby Souffle. I am cracking up. I stink at cooking ribs but these seem fairly easy. The only thing I don't have is hoisin sauce but that's readily available. Will have to surprise my husband with these!

  8. seana says:

    It won't let me pin it?

  9. Ayshela says:

    Oh. Yum. When we get over this stomach bug we picked up this is going to be one of the first things on the grill!

  10. spiffycookie says:

    Looks like yours were falling right off the bone like mine! So good.

  11. Kristen says:

    I love Dudette's review! With her glowing recommendation, I am really going to have to try the ribs!

  12. Tracey says:

    Oh my gosh, that video is too cute!! We loved the ribs too – I couldn't believe how easy they were. We'll be making them all summer long :)

  13. Suzanne says:

    Great looking ribs, I made them too and the hubs said they were the best ribs he has ever had so I think that is pretty darn good.

  14. Love it, all of it! Bobby will never be the same in my eyes but I won't be happy till I make these ribs. It's funny, i was flipping through that cookbook just a few days ago, spotted that recipe and bookmarked it. Now I HAVE to try it!

  15. thatskinnychickcanbake says:

    Another victory in the kitchen…glad Dudette gave them her seal of approval, too. I saw all sorts of rave reviews of these from your group…I think that means I need to try them before the summer ends!

    PS…looks like Eagle river is a bit south and east of where were were staying. We were in Manitowish Waters….not far from both Lake Superior and the UP. It was a gorgeous lake!

  16. Ameena says:

    Ribs seem really difficult to make but this recipe actually make the process so much more manageable. Ina Garten is one of my favorites.

    And have I mentioned your daughter is cute? Well she is! Love the video.

  17. Laura says:

    These look so savory and juicy! Delicious

  18. Curry and Comfort says:

    I think my entire family would inhale these ribs too. :) I read the ingredients of the sauce… now that's some good stuff. :) Ina is a foolproof kind of gal. :)

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  20. ang says:

    Hello Friend!
    Stopping by from the Pass the Cook Book Club event for July ( alittle late, sorry!) Love that you included a video in your post! I pinned your ribs to my PTCBC board and am now following you on Pinterst.
    Happy Monday!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  21. I love ribs, but I'm so lazy to make them myself! Maybe since these are foolproof, I should give them a try!

  22. Amanda Jenks says:

    Your girl is so cute! The sauce definitely had some SPICE! We loved it :)

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