Copycat Famous Dave’s Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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For those of you who are masters of the grill and smoker, you’ll want to try this copycat recipe for Famous Dave’s Baby Back Ribs. We’ve even got the recipe for the BBQ sauce in our archives, so you can make that from scratch, too, for an authentic baby back rib meal.


Copycat Famous Dave’s Baby Back Ribs Recipe

How To Make Copycat Famous Dave's Baby Back Ribs

Prep: 20 mins
Marinate: 3 hrs
Cook: 3 hrs 20 mins
Total: 6 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 baby back ribs slabs, or St. Louis’-style, roughly 2 lb each and 11 to 14 bones per slab

Dry Rub:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp  Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • ½ tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tbsp onion powder, minced
  • ½ tbsp ground celery seeds
  • ½ tbsp lemon pepper
  • ½ tbsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tbsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tbsp ground yellow mustard seeds

Barbecue Sauce:

  • oz red onions, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple juice, or orange juice
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce , of your choice, preferably Tabasco
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Salt & ground black pepper, to taste

To serve:

  • corn muffins or baked beans, or both
  • vegetables , done to your preference
  • parsley, chopped
  • barbeque sauce


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the rib rub.

  2. Trim the thin membranes that surround the back of the ribs by pulling them off gently. This will help the dry rub marinade into the ribs and prevent the ribs from contorting after roasting.

  3. Score both the front and back of the ribs, then generously sprinkle the dry rub on both sides.

  4. Rub with your hands to evenly spread through the entire rib. Store any leftover dry rub for future use.

  5. Cover tightly with foil, ensuring that any liquids will not leak out.

  6. Transfer to a chilled area & marinate for at least 3 hours, no more than 6 hours.

  7. Once ready, preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.

  8. Place your ribs still tightly wrapped in foil onto a roasting tray.

  9. Bake your ribs for roughly 3 hours, or until you can easily pull out the rib bones

  10. While waiting, prepare your barbeque sauce. Heat up our oil in a saucepot. over medium heat. Add onions and saute until translucent.

  11. Puree your sauce using a stick blender, then adjust the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

  12. Once the ribs are tender, remove and discard the foil then brush your barbeque sauce around the ribs.

  13. You can portion accordingly or serve entire slabs for guests to help themselves.

  14. Serve with either baked beans or corn muffins or both and vegetables done to your preference. Garnish with ¼ teaspoon of parsley and serve with ¼ cup of barbecue sauce per serving.


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