Kansas City BBQ Ribs

Barbecue lovers are passionate about their ribs, so we've developed a recipe that is finger-licking good. Grill time is short because the ribs are oven-braised first. 


  • 4 1/2-5 pounds pork baby back ribs (2 slabs)
  • 4   garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon Pepper Rub
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. For ribs, cut each slab into thirds using Professional Shears and place in Rectangular Lid/Bowl. Press garlic over meaty sides of ribs using Garlic Press; spread with Skinny Scraper. Sprinkle with rub. Carefully pour tomato juice around ribs; cover with Rectangular Baker. Bake 1 hour. Carefully remove baker from Lid/Bowl. Remove ribs from Lid/Bowl. Discard tomato juice.

  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, whisk together all ingredients in (1.5-qt.) Saucepan using Nylon Whisk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reserve 3/4 cup sauce for serving with grilled ribs. 

  3. Prepare grill for cooking at medium temperature. Place ribs, meaty side up, on lightly greased grid of grill. Brush with half of remaining sauce using Chef's Silicone Basting Brush. Cover; grill 5 minutes. Turn ribs over using BBQ Tongs; brush with remaining sauce. Continue grilling, covered, 5 minutes. Reheat reserved sauce and serve with ribs. 


  • 6  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 440, Fat 32 g, Sodium 1090 mg, Dietary Fiber 1 g 

Cook's Tips:

Baby back ribs are really pork loin back ribs that are shorter and smaller thus making them easier to hold when eating. Pork loin back ribs will work equally well in this recipe.

If using a charcoal grill, light charcoal briquettes and allow about 30 minutes for coals to reach a medium cooking temperature. The surface of the coals will be ash-covered. Coals should be spread in a single layer. If using a gas grill, consult the owner's manual for heating directions.

Lemon pepper seasoning salt can be substituted for Lemon Pepper Rub. 

Ribs can be baked up to 2 days before being grilled. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until grilling time. The sauce can be prepared at the same time. Refrigerate in covered container.

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