Copycat Chili's® Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Copycat Chili's Baby Back Ribs Recipe


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I want my baby back, baby back, baby back. I want my baby back, baby back, baby back. But I don't want to go to Chili's®, to Chili's®, to Chili's®. If you want that flavor at home, just make this copycat recipe!

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 4 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 racks of ribs


  • 1 1/2 C. water
  • 2/3 C. dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 C. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 C. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs. yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp. liquid hickory smoke
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 4 racks, baby back ribs

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Make the barbecue sauce by combining the first six ingredients for the sauce in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer sauce, stirring often, for 45 to 60 minutes or until sauce is thick.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Brush sauce over the entire surface of each rack of ribs. Wrap each rack tightly in aluminum foil and arrange the packets on a baking sheet with the seam of the foil facing up. Bake for 2 to 2 ½ hours or until the meat on the ribs has pulled back from the cut ends of the bones by about ½ inch. When the ribs are just about done, preheat your barbecue grill to medium heat.

Remove the ribs from the foil (careful not to burn yourself -- the liquid inside will be hot!) and grill them on the barbecue for 4 to 8 minutes per side or until the surface of the ribs is beginning to char. Brush sauce on both sides of the ribs for a few minutes before you remove them from the grill. Just be sure not to brush on the sauce too soon or it could burn.

Serve the ribs with extra sauce on the side and lots of napkins. Makes 4 servings.


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