Mikes Favorite Baby Back Ribs

Mikes Favorite Baby Back Ribs

Prep Time 20 hours
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 Full rack Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • 1/2 c Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 c Shirley J BBQ Sauce Mix


  • 3 c Root Beer (diet works well too)
  • 1 c Shirley J BBQ Sauce Mix


  • The night before – prepare ribs by washing thoroughly and patting dry with a paper towel.
  • Remove any tough membrane that may be on the back of the rack, (note: most rib racks have already had this removed). 
  • Lay ribs on a baking sheet and coat with yellow mustard followed by a generous amount of powdered BBQ Sauce Mix.
  • Rub seasoning and mustard into both sides of the ribs.
  • Carefully wrap ribs in plastic wrap and place in cooler for a minimum of 4 hours (preferably overnight).  
  • Remove ribs from cooler and remove plastic wrap.
  • Place rack, bone side down on a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil and bake in a 280degree oven for 3-3 ½ hours.
  • Remove ribs from oven, remove foil and allow to cool for 1 hour, minimum. Ribs can be refrigerated for several days before grilling or frozen for up to 6 months.
  • Finishing the ribs – to finish the ribs, after they have cooled, carefully place each rack on a medium hot BBQ grill, bone side down, close lid and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, flip rack over and grill, on the meaty side.
  • Allow meat to cook for additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip rack back over and mop with BBQ sauce, allowing to cook for 2-3 minutes again repeat for other side.
  • BBQ sauce should caramelize on the meat as it cooks.
  • When meat is hot remove ribs and serve.
  • Serve extra sauce at the table.


  • Prepare sauce by combining root beer and sauce mix in saucepan, stir well to combine.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Pour sauce into covered container and place in refrigerator.

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