Baby Back Ribs Glazed With Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Sauce

These baby back ribs are tender, flavorful, and fall right off the bone! I have been making this baby back ribs recipe for years. They are so delicious and can easily feed a crowd. I prefer to use baby back ribs when grilling since they are meatier than spare ribs. Baby back ribs are the perfect party food and excellent for summer BBQs. You can make these ribs the main course of your 4th of July party.  

To make the most delicious baby back ribs, you should use a homemade dry rub and a homemade BBQ sauce. The rub should be a combination of sweet, savory, and spicy. You can decide how much spicy you want by controlling the chili powder you add. The pomegranate molasses BBQ sauce is a unique sauce that will be sweet, tangy, and smoky.  

Where Can I Buy Baby Back Ribs? 

You can buy baby back ribs at nearly any grocery store. I love to buy them in bulk at Costco since they always have a good deal for baby back ribs. They come in a pack of 3 and tend to be cheaper than at other stores. You can either grill them all or grill some and freeze the rest for later! Usually, a rack of ribs feeds 3 to 4 people. I tend to make all three packs since I like to have leftovers for the next day! 

Membrane or No Membrane 

When preparing the ribs, my son Jimmy always argues that the membrane on the back of the ribs should not be removed. His argument is that the membrane’s job is to prevent the ribs from falling apart when cooked, and it helps the meat become tender and juicy. My point of view is that the membrane is too chewy and prevents the spices from penetrating the meat! Since I am the one who prepares them, I always take the membrane out. 

How to Remove the Membrane?

With the bone side facing up, use a small knife and start at the end of the rack. Slide the knife under the membrane and over the bone to loosen the membrane until it tears away. Grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off. It should come off as one piece. You should also trim any tough skin on the meat side that usually looks like silver skin. 

Why Use A Homemade Rub and BBQ Sauce? 

Like almost everything related to cooking, homemade is simply better! Homemade rub and BBQ sauce are excellent ways to get exactly the flavor you want. You can adjust the saltiness and sweetness of the meat by creating your own mix. They are also better than store-bought rubs and BBQ sauces since they won’t have any preservatives or food coloring. By making them yourself, you will know exactly what is in them. 

How to Season Ribs?

When seasoning the ribs, get a few layers of aluminum foil, so your kitchen counter doesn’t get messy. It would be best to have three pieces of foil overlapping each other. Then, place the ribs in the middle. Apply a light coat of dijon mustard on the meat side, then shake the RubRub into it. Go heavy with the seasoning on the meat side and less on the bone side. This is because the seasoning will need to penetrate the meat. But adding too much seasoning to the bone side will make the ribs salty. Make sure to wrap with the foil well. When you open the foil, check to see if any of the flavorful rib juices have come out. If you have any liquid, you can add the liquid to the bbq sauce for extra flavor. 

How to Grill Baby Back Ribs?

Baby back ribs should be grilled in indirect heat. This means that you will light the fire on one side of the grill and place the ribs on the other for slow cooking. By not using direct heat, you will prevent the ribs from burning and give the meat time to tenderize. You should only put the ribs on direct heat in the last ten minutes.

How Long Should I Grill Baby Back Ribs?

Depending on your grill’s temperature, the cooking time may vary. For instance, a 400 F grill may take up to two hours to cook ribs, and a 350 F grill may take two and half hours. 

I used a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat. It is kind of fancy, but you can use anything you have. Grill the ribs for 2 hours. The temperature should reach 205 F. Once they get close to 200 degrees, remove the ribs from the grill and open the foil. Brush with bbq sauce and return to grill on direct heat for another 10 minutes. Then brush another layer of bbq sauce for a more intense flavor.



Adjust Servings
3 racks baby back ribs membrane removed and pat dry
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Dry RubRub in a small bowl and mix all the spices
1 ½ cup brown sugar
8 tablespoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons black pepper
4 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons onion powder
3 teaspoons smoked paprika
4 teaspoons chili powder
Tangy Pomegranate bbq sauce recipe:
3 cups pomegranate 100% juice
1 cup ketchup
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Worchester sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
¼ cup lime juice


Get the grill ready either if you are using charcoal or gas, you want the temperature to reach 400 F.
Lay a few pieces of foil enough to be able to wrap the ribs in them. And spread a thin layer of dijon mustard on both sides of the rib.
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Sprinkle the RubRub on both sides of the ribs heavier on the meat side
Wrap well with the foil.
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Place the ribs on the grill until the temperature reaches 205F for about 2 hours.
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For the Tangy Pomegranate bbq sauce recipe: Add all the ingredients over medium-high heat except the lime juice in a saucepan.
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Whisk all together, bring to boil, bring the heat to low, and cook for about 45 minutes; whisk every 5 minutes, stir in the lime juice in the end, bring to room temperature, and keep in a glass jar.
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Unwrap the ribs, coat them with bbq sauce, remove them from the foil and place them directly on the grill for another 10 minutes. Flip the ribs once and apply another layer of bbq sauce before taking them off the grill. Let the ribs rest for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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How to Store Baby Back Ribs?
Baby back ribs can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Make sure to tightly wrap any leftover ribs in aluminum foil and store them in an airtight container. You can heat them on the grill, in the microwave, or in the oven.
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