Countdown Baby Back Ribs {wet/dry/combo}

  • 2 Racks-Baby Back Ribs
  • To Coat-Bacon Dripping-cold, or lard, oil
  • To Taste-Kosher Salt/Black Pepper
  • To Spray-Apple Cider Vinegar-add to a clean spray bottle
  • {Wet}To Brush-BBQ Sauce-your favorite
  • {Dry}To Shake-BBQ Rub-your favorite


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Lay the ribs on work surface meat side down, bones curving upwards.
  3. Starting with narrow end of ribs on left; insert tip of a small knife at bottom of first bone under membrane.
  4. Run blade up bone all the way through membrane to top of the bone.
  5. The membrane is a plastic feeling milky looking material.
  6. With a piece of paper towel grab membrane at the point of cut and pull to opposite end of rack.
  7. It should all come off in one piece, if it doesn’t start where membrane breaks and repeat.
  8. Discard membrane and season both side lightly with salt/pepper.
  9. Cover a sheet try with aluminum foil and fit with a rack.
  10. Place ribs, bones curving downwards, on rack, place in oven and set timer for 10 minutes.
  11. For the next hour in 10 minute increments lower temperature buy 25 degrees {check chart below}
  12. At the end of the hour, temperature will be at 350.
  13. Lower temperature to 175 degrees and set a timer for one hour.
  14. Every ten minutes spray ribs with vinegar.
  15. When the time goes off remove from the oven.
  16. If doing “wet” ribs brush with bbq sauce and place back in oven.
  17. Cook and additional 15 minutes, brushing every 5 minutes
  18. Remove from oven, brush one more time and serve.
  19. If doing “dry” ribs dust with bbq rib and place back in oven for 10 minutes.
  20. Remove and dust lightly with bbq rub and serve.
  21. If you want a combination of wet and dry, follow wet directions.
  22. When removed from oven the last time {don’t’ brush with sauce} dust with rub and serve.


Cooking Chart for Baby Back Ribs

{Hour One}

  • 475 degrees – 10 minutes
  • 450 degrees – 10 minutes
  • 425 degrees – 10 minutes
  • 400 degrees – 10 minutes
  • 375 degrees – 10 minutes
  • 350 degrees – 10 minutes

{Hour Two}

  • 175 degrees – 60 minutes