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Slow Roast Baby Back Ribs

These tender baby back ribs are slow roasted, then coated with a “competition-ready” homemade barbecue sauce. | Share

Get ready for a frontier feast

With about 800 residents, Greenwood, BC is Canada’s smallest city. With its streetscapes reminiscent of the old west just add some cowboy music and the scene is set for a good old frontier feast. With this baby back rib recipe, you have both a summer or off-season option as well as a “competition-ready” homemade barbecue sauce recipe. For the cheaters, there is an option for a much simpler, shortcut sauce, that is pretty good too.

Copper Street in Greenwood, British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Kevin Lamoureux

Slow Roast Baby Back Ribs

Slow roasting these meaty ribs makes them fall-off-the-bone dee-licious.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin Lamoureux


The Ribs

  • 2 slabs of baby back ribs about 2 lbs. each
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes

Option 1 – Easy Sauce

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup dark barbecue sauce smoky molasses type
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Option 2 – Home Made Sauce

  • ½ cup minced onion
  • cups water
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper


  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Remove membrane from the underside of the ribs. Cut ribs into serving portion size. For dinner plates, this is usually three bones per serving; as finger food, one bone per serving.
  • Sprinkle garlic salt, pepper and chili flakes over both sides of the ribs.
  • Place ribs in a large roast pan, bone side down, cover and roast for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your desired sauce. For the home made, bring all ingredients to a boil, then simmer for about one hour, uncovered to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • After the ribs are cooked, drain the grease from the pan then brush the sauce over the ribs.
  • Return to ribs to the oven and slow roast, covered for another 30 minutes. The ribs will hold well and should stay moist for up to an hour.


This will also work in the barbecue. Either use a roast pan with a cover or wrap the ribs in tin foil. Don’t cook directly over the flame, rather, light one side and put the ribs on the opposite side of the grill, then cover the grill. Ensure that the temperature stays around 300°F by using a barbecue thermometer. Remove ribs from the pan or the foil, brush on the sauce and grill over a low flame for about 3 minutes per side.
Also note, that if you are making a double batch or more, you may have to lengthen the cooking time to ensure that the ribs reach 200°F when tested with a meat thermometer.
The trick to making your ribs tender is to remove the membrane that runs along the underside of the bones. Here is a good how-to video:

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