Discovery sometimes comes from failure

At one point I believed that I could make some pretty good baby back ribs.  I prepared myself by finding an acceptable recipe on the internet and made it for my family.  The next day I decided to brag to my friends about how the ribs I made last night for dinner were delicious.

Little did I know that one of my friends I was bragging to held the recipe for the best ribs on the planet.  His ears perked up immediately and he began questioning me on my recipe.  The second I got to the "add a cup of ketchup" he started shaking his head in disbelief and challenged me to a Rib cookoff.

I agreed to his challenge as A) I knew I would be eating more ribs and B) maybe I would learn a great recipe.

After we started making his version we scrapped the contest and just went with his as they were obviously the winner already.  I have since thrown several "Rib-O-Thon" parties and every single person says they are the best ribs they have ever had.

Without further ado... the King of all ribs recipe.


3 Racks of Baby Back Ribs or more

Sonny's Sweet BBQ Sauce

Grill Creations Chicken/Rib Rub

4 Beers

Tin Foil

Deep Foil Pans (Large)

1 Lemon

White Vinegar

Crushed Red Pepper

Sonny's Authentic Sweet Bar-B-Q Sauce 84oz.
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1. Buy baby back ribs from your local super market (3 racks for a family of 4-5).

2. Remove the membrane from the back side of the ribs by prying up the corner and peeling it off.

3. Wash the ribs with cold water.

4. Pat dry with a paper towel.

5. Sprinkle a Chicken/Rib rub generously over both sides of the ribs and rub in with hands. (I use Grill Creations Chicken & Rib rub)

6. Wrap Ribs in 2 - 3 layers of aluminum foil to seal in the rub.


1. Preheat oven to 285 degrees.

2. Place wrapped ribs in large deep disposeable foil tubs found at your local Super Market.

3. Pour in 4 beers of your choice ( I prefer cheap beer but any will work).

4. Fill the rest of the tub up with water so the ribs are floating.

5. Place ribs in the oven for 8 hours.

Sauce Preperation

1. Add 4 - 6 cups of Sonny's BBQ sauce to a sauce pot.

2. Add 2 capfulls of White Vinegar.

3. Puncture and squeeze a fresh lemon into the sauce pot.

4. Add 1 tbsp of crushed red pepper for some heat (optional).

5. Simmer on stove for as long as you like, the longer you simmer, the thicker the sauce will be.

BBQ Ribs

Once the ribs are done cooking in the oven, remove them and carefully unwrap them while they're still hot.

I use an extra long set of tongs to handle them as they will fall apart and the tongs will support the length of the rib.

1. Heat BBQ grill up (gas or charcoal).

1. Baste ribs thoroughly with BBQ sauce on top and back.

2. Place on the grill for about 30 minutes on a med-high heat.

3. Baste repeatedly and try not to turn if possible as you could lose meat.

4. Remove and place on serving platter.