Big Easy Baby Back Ribs

Big Easy Baby Back Ribs


Craving ribs? This Big Easy Baby Back Ribs recipe gives you a quick and easy way to get the great taste of slow cooked ribs. A spicy dry rub brings on the heat and a sweet and smoky BBQ sauce brings it home for some of the best ribs you’ve ever eaten.

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Serves 4
For the Ribs
slabs of baby back ribs
For the Rub
tablespoons smoked paprika
tablespoons kosher salt
tablespoons chili powder
tablespoon garlic powder
teaspoons onion powder
teaspoons black pepper
For the Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce
cup ketchup
cup light brown sugar
cup white vinegar
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
tablespoons garlic powder
tablespoons onion powder
teaspoon black pepper
teaspoon kosher salt
teaspoon liquid smoke

Ingredient Tips

NO Sugar
Your rub and/or marinade should contain NO sugar. Sugar will cause your food to burn.


Prep: 15 Minutes, Cook: 1-2 Hours

Power up The Big Easy® Oil-less Fryer.

Hot Tip: The Big Easy was designed to be powered ON (all the way to the left) and OFF (all the way to the right). All recipes for The Big Easy are based on operating the fryer at full power.

Insert a butter knife between the rib membrane on the under side and one of the end bones. Lift the knife to separate membrane from bone. Grip membrane with paper towels and pull until completely removed from ribs.


Combine paprika, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper in a small bowl and mix with fingers to break up any lumps. Apply rub to both sides of rib racks.


Cut each slab in half to make 4 equal-sized servings. Insert The Big Easy Rib Hooks between the first and second bones and attach to the roaster basket.

Hot Tip: To minimize sticking, coat the wire frame of the cooking basket with oil before inserting beef roast.

Insert the basket into the cooking chamber and cook the ribs for 1 to 2 hours.

Hot Tip: Only cover the fryer with the wire mesh lid during the first or last 15 minutes of the cook if you want crispy skin, using infrared heat reflected back into cooking chamber. If used throughout cook, this heat can burn food before it is fully cooked.

Combine ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt and liquid smoke in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes.


Remove ribs from The Big Easy, brush both sides with the sweet and smoky bbq sauce and let rest 20 minutes before serving.

Hot Tip: Giving your ribs the time they need to rest allows juices to redistribute, retaining moisture for tender meat. The internal temperature will continue to rise before it evens out. Call The Big Easy Hotline at 1-800-526-1065 with any questions you may have about cooking with The Big Easy. It’s available year-round, including Thanksgiving Day (8 am-4 pm EST).
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  • PaulLee | May 17, 2020

    Hey!!! Pay attention to the time. In 2 hours mine were not edible. 2 nd attempt was 1 hour- and I probably could have pulled them at 45 minutes!!
    Just watch them!!!!!
    Excellent flavor with the rub- I used my own bbq sauce though- so I have no opinion on the “wet” sauce.

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  • TDECL | May 25, 2020

    Did some baby back ribs and used a rub based on Rondvous Ribs in Memphis. Put the rub on and let marinade for about 5 hours. Took them out of fridge about 45 minutes before cooking. Turned on TBE for 15 minutes then added two half slabs on hooks. Basted every 15 minutes with 1 to 1 mix of water and white vinegar and a couple of teaspoons of the rub. Cooked for 90 minutes, could of done 75 minutes probably. Wow, great crust and very tender and moist. Didn't even use BBQ sauce.

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    • Char-Broil | May 26, 2020

      Sounds tasty!

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  • LC | May 29, 2020

    Full heat cooks waaaaay quicker! Lots of trial and error on my part. Be sure to check often if using full heat.

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  • Shawn S | Jun 6, 2020

    My Big Easy has a dial for adjusting the heat level. Would this be all the way down to the lowest setting?

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    • Char-Broil | Jun 15, 2020

      Although you can cook at a lower setting, it's not what we recommend. And as you know, this recipe is based on operating the fryer at full power. If you choose to cook at that lowest setting, plan for a longer cook time.

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  • Totsy | Jun 7, 2020

    Do not use all the salt in the recipe for the rub and definitely watch them. Cooked for 2 hours and they were inedible. Ribs should not crunch!

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  • Nick | Jul 2, 2020

    2 hours is FAR to long of a cook time

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    • Char-Broil | Jul 9, 2020

      Noted and updated. Thanks Nick!

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  • Ben | Jul 25, 2020

    Which side of ribs goes against the wall?

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    • Char-Broil | Jul 31, 2020

      Hi Ben - The bone side goes against the wall. We added an image for reference. Thanks for asking!

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  • BrianS | Sep 18, 2020

    Can you fit six half slabs of baby back ribs or only 4

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    • Char-Broil | Sep 30, 2020

      You might be able to fit six, but we don't recommend it because stuffing the cooking chamber too full blocks airflow and prevents food from cooking evenly.

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