The tent is pitched, the grill is hot and you and your family are ready to feast. Celebrate the last weekend of summer with a show stopper – Joe's Labor of Love Baby Back Ribs.This recipe is not for the faint of heart, it takes time and a lot of ingredients but the outcome is worth the effort.

We don't call it a labor of love for nothing, this is one of our more complex recipes but it is one of our favorites. Use your weekend to the fullest and take summer out with a bang by treating your friends and family to delicious, smokey, fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs!



Joe’s Labor of Love Baby BackRibs Serves 4

Joe’s Labor of Love Baby Back Ribs


  • 2-2 pound slabs baby back pork ribs
  • 3 Tbl Dry Spices (see below)
  • 3 Tbl paprika
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbl Dry Spices
  • 2 cups red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Basting Sauce (see below)
  • 1 cup Sweet Sauce (see below)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • Dry Spices:
  • Basting Sauce:
  • Sweet Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 (8 oz) can canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey mustard
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbl brown sugar
  • 2 Tbl hot sauce
  • 1 Tbl seasoned salt
  • 1 Tbl paprika
  • 1 Tbl lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper


  1. COMBINE all Dry Spices ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. STIR together all Basting Sauce ingredients; cover and let stand 8 hours. Remove bay leaf. (Sauce is
  3. intended for basting ribs only.)
  4. BRING all Sweet Sauce ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven. Reduce heat, and simmer sauce, stirring
  5. occasionally, 30 minutes.
  6. PLACE ribs in a large, shallow pan. Rub Dry Spices evenly over ribs. Cover and chill 3 hours.
  7. PREPARE a hot fire by piling charcoal or lava rocks on one side of grill, leaving other side empty. (For
  8. gas grill, light only one side.) Place food rack on grill. Arrange ribs over unlit side.
  9. GRILL ribs, covered with grill lid, over medium heat (300 degrees to 350 degrees) for 2 to 2 1/2 hours,
  10. basting every 30 minutes with Basting Sauce and turning occasionally. Brush ribs with Sweet Sauce the
  11. last 30 minutes
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