Fourth of July Baby Back Ribs: Easy and Fabulous


Fourth of July is around the corner so it’s rib time at my house. I am fortunate to live in Alabama where ribs and barbecue are a plenty, and it’s almost impossible for me to compete with a recipe since there are fabulous ribs near my house. This is a recipe that is Kansas City-style ribs, and it works great, but I have also included some of my favorite links for local barbecue sauces. I love “Golden Rule” sauce, “Dreamland Sauce”, and “Ollies” barbecue sauce.

Fourth of July Baby Back Ribs

Prep Times:

15 minutes


6 servings


2 cup ketchup
1 cup water
2/3 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. pepper
3 tbsp. molasses
3 slabs baby back pork ribs


1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Marinate ribs in half of sauce overnight, if desired. Reserve remaining sauce.

2. Light 1 side of grill, heating to medium-high heat (350° to 400°); leave other side unlit. Place rib slabs over unlit side, stacking 1 on top of the other.

3. Grill, covered with grill lid, 40 minutes. Reposition rib slabs, moving bottom slab to the top, and grill 40 minutes. Reposition 1 more time, moving bottom slab to the top; grill 40 minutes.

4. Lower grill temperature to medium heat (300° to 350°); unstack rib slabs, and place side by side over unlit side of grill. Cook ribs 30 more minutes, basting with half of sauce. Remove ribs from grill, and let stand 10 minutes. Cut ribs, slicing between bones. Serve ribs with remaining reserved sauce.

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