Baby Back Ribs

Not all ribs can be baby back ribs. They get their “baby” distinction from being one of the shorter cuts of pork ribs.

From the very top of the ribcage, they’re also the leanest of the rib cuts.

Baby back ribs are best cooked over a long period of time, so give them a solid brine and then cover with a generous spice rub. This will help retain moisture and add a ton of flavor. You can also try smoking them over a low fire, then transferring them to the oven. Trust us, it’s worth the wait.

Get your mouth watering with the video and recipe below.

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs with Chipotle Pineapple BBQ Sauce

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Protein: Pork
Cut: Baby Back Ribs, St. Louis Ribs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 pkg ButcherBox Baby Back Ribs or St. Louis Ribs

Dry Rub

  • 2 Tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp smoked salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ c orange Juice for cooking ribs

Chipotle Pineapple BBQ Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • ¼ c chipotle puree
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c white vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 250°F
  • Mix ingredients for spice rub. Massage ribs with rub.
  • Place ribs in center of large piece of aluminium foil, bones facing down. Add orange juice to foil and wrap ribs tightly in foil. Bake in oven for 2 hours.

Chipotle Pineapple BBQ Sauce

  • Preheat saucepan to medium heat, and add olive oil. Once oil is hot, add garlic and onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until translucent. Add brown sugar and white vinegar, and cook until melted.
  • Add chipotle puree and crushed pineapple, and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and let cool for 10 minutes. Puree in blender or with immersion blender.
  • Once ribs are tender (they should come apart easily but not fall apart), remove from oven. Turn heat up to 375°F. Unwrap foil and discard, then brush ribs generously with chipotle pineapple BBQ sauce.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes and apply more BBQ sauce every 10 minutes. This stage can also be done on a grill!
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