These oven-baked Asian Baby Back Ribs are so tender, succulent, and flavorful, you’d never guess they weren’t grilled! They’re a terrific company entree, but easy enough for Sunday night dinner at home.
This Baby Back Ribs Recipe is a family favorite. It’s worth every napkin and sticky fingers to indulge in these BBQ ribs!
How to Cook Asian Baby Back Ribs
We typically BBQ ribs on the grill in the summer and ignore them the rest of the year. Such a shame. So when I found a package of baby back ribs in the freezer this autumn, I knew I needed to test out a new “indoor” method. I’ve used the Penzey’s low and slow technique to start my ribs, but finish them off on the grill for for that to die for lightly charred exterior and infusion of smokey flavor.
Cooking this baby back rib recipe covered on a rimmed baking sheet (affiliate link) at 250º for 5-6 hours makes for fall of the bone tender meat, but they’re awfully gray looking at that point. So I take off the top layer of foil, carefully pour off the excess liquid, and crank up the oven. Brushing with glaze every 10 minutes allows for the coveted caramelization, without burning or drying out the meat.
Why You Should Make This Ribs Recipe
Bill had been at meetings all week and arose at 4 AM to catch his flight back home. With only a glass of orange juice for breakfast, he was definitely ready for dinner when he dropped his suitcase at the door late in the afternoon. At the end of our meal, all that was left on his plate was a pile of bones…which came with a lot of praise for this rib recipe as he went back for “just one more” a few times.
- This rib recipe was inspired by Wolfgang Puck, who is a master with Asian flavors.
- The sublime combination of rice wine vinegar, mirin (affiliate link), honey, soy, ginger, scallions and garlic is reduced to a syrupy glaze.
- I promise you these are finger licking good ribs!
Frequently Asked Questions
They are pork ribs found where the ribs meet the spine. They are “baby” since they’re shorter than spareribs. They are also known as: pork loin back ribs, back ribs, or loin ribs.
Baby back ribs need to be cooked at a low heat over a long period of time. This low and slow method helps break down the connective tissue making for tender, fall off the bone meat. This can be done in the oven or on a well regulated barbecue grill.
Though they need to reach 145 degrees F. to be safe to eat according to the FDA, they will not be tender at that point. Instead, cook until their internal temperature reaches 190-203 degrees so that both the collagen is broken down and much of the fat is rendered.
Sauces should be added during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking. This prevents the sugars in the sauce from burning. If you like extra saucy ribs, just pass some BBQ sauce when serving.
More Ribs Recipes You’ll Love:
If you are looking for an Instant Pot rib recipe, these short ribs are fabulous! Check out more of the best baby back rib recipes:
- Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
- Apricot Glazed Baby Back Ribs
- Fall Off the Bones Baby Back Ribs
- More of the best Entree Recipes
- Salt, pepper and garlic powder
- 2 racks baby back ribs, membrane removed
- 1 bottle of beer
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mirin
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 scant 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 250º. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Season ribs well with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place ribs on baking sheet, meaty side up, and pour beer around perimeter. Cover top of ribs with foil and fold down around edges to seal. Bake for 5-6 hours.
- Make glaze by combining the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer 30-40 minutes, till reduced to a cup or less. Strain into a clean container and let cool. Glaze should become slightly thick and syrupy as it cools.
- After 5 hours or so, remove the foil and brush the ribs with the glaze. Increase the oven temperature to 350º and continue to brush the ribs with the glaze every 10 minutes for 40 minutes or till glaze is almost gone and ribs are browned
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 697Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 988mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 46gProtein: 38g
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