Finger-Licking Good: World’s Best Ribs!

Do you want to know the secret to the world’s best ribs? Look no further than this mouth-watering recipe that is sure to impress even the toughest BBQ critics. As a professional BBQ chef, I have perfected this recipe over many years, and today I am excited to share it with you. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive into some of the most tender and flavorful ribs you’ll ever taste.

But before we get started, let me give you a little bit of history on this beloved American dish. Ribs are a staple in the United States, with every region putting its own spin on the classic barbecue dish. From Memphis-style dry rubs to Kansas City-style sauces, there’s something for everyone when it comes to ribs. But no matter where you go or what style you prefer, one thing remains constant: the love for fall-off-the-bone, perfectly cooked ribs.

So why should you try this recipe? Well, besides the fact that it’s the world’s best, it’s also oven-baked which makes it accessible for those who don’t have a grill or smoker at home. Plus, the combination of spices and Masterpiece Original barbecue sauce creates a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors that will have your taste buds dancing.

So let’s get cooking! Follow my step-by-step instructions for delicious and tender ribs that will have your friends and family begging for more. Trust me, once you try these ribs, you’ll never want another recipe again.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

World's Best Ribs
World’s Best Ribs

Listen up, folks! Are you tired of dry, tough ribs that leave you chewing for hours? Look no further because I’ve got the solution to your problems. Introducing the World’s Best Ribs recipe that will leave you drooling for more.

This recipe is the real deal, and let me tell you why. The combination of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, ground black pepper, salt, and brown sugar creates a flavor explosion in your taste buds. And when you smother the ribs with Masterpiece Original barbecue sauce? It’s a match made in heaven.

But it’s not just about the taste. Our ribs are made with the highest quality back ribs, carefully chosen to ensure maximum tenderness and juiciness. You can even make them in the oven without sacrificing any flavor!

And get this: our recipe calls for a low and slow cooking technique that will have those fall-off-the-bone tender ribs ready in just two hours. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself and be amazed by how the bone falls right out of the meat without any effort.

So why settle for mediocre ribs when you could have the best ribs ever? Impress your family and friends at your next BBQ with this easy-to-follow recipe. Trust me; they’ll be begging for more.

Take my word for it; this is not just any ribs recipe; this is THE WORLD’S BEST RIBS RECIPE!

Ingredient List

 Get ready for some finger-lickin' good ribs
Get ready for some finger-lickin’ good ribs

Here’s What You Need

  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • Dry rub
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 cups (946 ml) of your favorite barbecue sauce, I use Masterpiece Original barbecue sauce

The Recipe How-To

Now let’s dive into the fun part! This recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser, as it yields the best ribs you’ve ever tasted. Trust me, I’ve been perfecting this recipe for years.

Step 1: Prepare the Rib Rub

In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of paprika, 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper. Mix all ingredients together to create your dry rub.

Step 2: Season the Ribs

Remove the membrane from the back of your rack of ribs. To do this, take a knife and gently pry up the corner of the silver skin. Then, grab it with a paper towel and pull it away from the bones in one swift motion.

Next, generously season both sides of the ribs with your dry rub. Use your hands to massage it in so that it coats every inch.

Step 3: Preheat Oven

Preheat your oven to 300°F (149°C). You’ll be cooking these low and slow so that they become fork tender.

Step 4: Bake Ribs

Place your seasoned ribs on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Wrap them up in foil, creating a tent over top so that they can steam.

Bake them in the preheated oven for 2 hours until they are fall-off-the-bone tender.

Step 5: Add Barbecue Sauce

Take your ribs out of the oven and carefully remove the foil tent. Brush both sides generously with your favorite barbecue sauce. I’m partial to using Masterpiece Original Barbecue Sauce myself!

Step 6: Finish in Oven

Increase your oven temperature to 350°F (177°C) and put the ribs back in for another 30 minutes. This will give them a nice caramelized exterior while still remaining juicy on the inside.

Once done, remove the ribs from the oven and let them rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting into them.

Congratulations! You’ve just made some award-winning world best ribs that are sure to impress your family and friends. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Our secret spice rub will take your ribs to the next level
Our secret spice rub will take your ribs to the next level

Now, not everyone likes to stick to a recipe’s ingredient list, and that’s totally okay! There are some substitutions you can make to the World’s Best Ribs recipe without compromising the flavor. Here are some of my favorites.

Firstly, if you’re looking for some heat with your ribs, try adding chili powder or cayenne pepper to your dry rub. Just go easy on them if you’re not used to spicy foods.

If brown sugar isn’t your cup of tea, you can swap it out for honey or maple syrup. Both will add a touch of sweetness that pairs well with savory flavors.

When it comes to barbecue sauce, I highly recommend Masterpiece Original barbecue sauce. However, any other brand you love will work just as well. If you want to get creative, try adding different variations of barbecue sauce such as chipotle or honey BBQ.

If you don’t have access to a grill or smoker, oven baked ribs are just as delicious! Try using beef ribs or pork spare ribs in place of baby back for variety.

Finally, if the dry rub is too much hassle for you, skip it entirely and stick with your favorite store-bought seasoning blend instead.

As always, don’t be afraid to experiment and mix things up to find what works best for you. Bon appétit!

Serving and Pairing

 Fall-off-the-bone tenderness with a crispy exterior
Fall-off-the-bone tenderness with a crispy exterior

Now that you’ve created the perfect ribs, it’s time to serve them up and indulge. These deliciously savory ribs are perfect with a multitude of side dishes and beverages.

When it comes to serving these succulent meaty marvels, I like to pair them with creamy coleslaw, macaroni salad or baked beans as it provides an ideal balance between the smoky flavors of the ribs and the creaminess of the sides. However, feel free to create your own unique pairing selections to complement your style.

If you’re looking for a refreshing beverage to pair with these ribs, my top picks would be an ice-cold beer or cola, both of which are classic accompaniments for any BBQ meal. For those who prefer wine over beer, try a Zinfandel or Syrah that will offer a bold presence without overpowering the flavor of your ribs.

Now that you’ve got your sides and drinks sorted out, it’s time for the main course. These tender slow-cooked ribs deserve a worthy presentation. Go ahead and pile them high on a platter while glazing them in some extra sauce to give that added oomph! Garnishing them with chopped parsley or cilantro adds to the visuals while giving that final fresh taste note.

Bon Appétit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Cooking these bad boys low and slow is the key to perfection
Cooking these bad boys low and slow is the key to perfection

Now, let’s talk about what to do with those leftover ribs. Can you store them in a container and reheat them the next day? Sure, but will they still be as tender and juicy as when you freshly made them? That’s debatable. However, I have some tips for how to make the most of your leftover ribs.


If you want to prep your ribs ahead of time, you can marinate them in the dry rub seasoning and cling wrap them up before placing them in the fridge overnight. This extra step of marination will enhance the flavor and aroma of your ribs when baked or grilled.

Alternatively, if you have guests coming over and don’t want to spend all day at the grill, pre-cook the ribs for 2 hours in low heat or even (better) slow cook them overnight for an out-of-the-world tenderness. Once done, just place them in a smoker or heated oven to get that crispy outer layer on serving day!


After cooking your delicious BBQ ribs, it’s best to cool them down completely before storing them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. If you would like to freeze your leftovers, wrap each rib in foil paper carefully and then store it into a plastic freezer storage bag. This way, the ribs will stay fresh for up to two months.


To maintain the moisture content, reheat these oven-baked ribs gently by wrapping up each piece individually in foil paper and heating it on low temperature in a 250°F (120°C) pre-heated oven until hot (around 20 minutes). For extra flavor, baste your reheated ribs with some fresh barbecue sauce before serving!

In conclusion, be sure always to store your leftover BBQ pork spare ribs correctly and reheat them slowly (over high heat) before devouring them!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Juicy, flavorful ribs that'll keep you coming back for more
Juicy, flavorful ribs that’ll keep you coming back for more

Let me tell you, folks, when it comes to making the world’s best ribs, it ain’t just about the recipe. The right technique can make all the difference between a tough and chewy rack of ribs or tender meat that falls right off the bone. That’s why I’m sharing some expert tips to help you achieve those fall-off-the-bone ribs you’ve been dreaming of.

First and foremost, don’t rush the process. Good things come to those who wait in the world of barbecue. You want to give your ribs plenty of time to cook low and slow to really allow that flavor to develop. In other words, let them baste in that good ol’ smoke for several hours until they reach the perfect tenderness.

Next, be sure to prep your ribs properly. Remove the membrane on the back of the ribs before seasoning, as this will allow the flavors to better penetrate the meat. If you’re using a dry rub, apply it generously and let it rest for at least an hour in the fridge before cooking. And never skimp on quality ingredients, especially when it comes to your barbecue sauce!

Speaking of barbecue sauce, don’t drown your ribs in it. You want enough sauce to enhance the flavor and add some sticky texture but not so much that it masks the taste of the meat itself. Brush on a few layers of sauce towards the end of cooking and always serve extra sauce on the side for dipping.

Now let’s talk about cooking methods. While grilling or smoking are great options for cooking ribs, sometimes it’s just not practical or feasible for everyone, so oven baking is a solid alternative. Preheat your oven beforehand and use a rack to elevate your ribs off the baking sheet. This will allow for even cooking and proper air circulation.

Finally, timing is crucial in getting those perfect results. Don’t overcook your ribs; instead, rely on visual cues such as color or bending tests to determine when they’re done. They should have a nice caramelized glaze on both sides with just enough char around the edges.

Follow these tips, my friends, and you’ll be well on your way to making ribs that will knock socks off at your next backyard BBQ or family dinner table. Bon appétit!


Before we wrap up, let me address some frequently asked questions that may come up as you prepare to make the World’s Best Ribs Recipe. These questions touch on a wide range of topics from the type of ribs to use to how to perfect the cooking process. Keep reading to find answers that can help you achieve delicious and tender ribs every time!

What is the secret to tender ribs?

When it comes to making perfectly tender ribs, baking them at a low temperature in the oven while they are covered is the way to go. To achieve this ideal texture, I suggest baking the ribs at 275° F for around two to three hours. This effortless approach is the secret to success!

What is the best ribs in the world?

Here are some popular BBQ restaurants across different cities in the USA: Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland, Bogart’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, Roper’s Ribs in St. Louis, Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Smoque BBQ in Chicago, Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, La Barbecue in Austin, and Stiles Switch BBQ in Austin.

What is the 3 2 1 rule for ribs?

My go-to method for BBQ ribs involves a three-step process that results in tender, juicy meat packed with smoky flavor. For the first three hours, the ribs are smoked directly on the pellet grill. For the following two hours, the ribs are wrapped in foil and continue to cook on the grill. Finally, for the last hour, the ribs are unwrapped, slathered in barbecue sauce, and cooked to perfection.

What cooking method is best for ribs?

Achieving tender and flavorful baby back ribs requires a low and slow cooking process over indirect heat. However, when using a pressure cooker or Instant Pot, the cooking time can be shortened significantly.

Bottom Line

Now that you’ve read through this incredible recipe for the world’s best ribs, I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit to get started on your own batch right away. Trust me when I say that with a little effort and attention to detail, these succulent ribs are truly worth the time and energy spent.

So whether you’re hosting a summer BBQ or simply craving some juicy, fall-off-the-bone goodness, don’t hesitate to put this recipe to the test. From its perfectly seasoned dry rub to its tangy yet sweet barbecue sauce, in just a few hours you can bring the best of the best to your dinner table.

And who knows, maybe one day someone will be writing an article about your own award-winning ribs recipe. So why not start now and join me in the quest for BBQ greatness? Bon appétit!

World's Best Ribs

World’s Best Ribs Recipe

This recipe is quite simple and the results are incredible. I usually double the rub recipe and store it in a jar for next time. If you’ve never tried ribs before, try this recipe. This recipe can be made on the grill or in the oven.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 320.7 kcal


  • 3 pork rib racks
  • 1 (24 ounce) bottle of kc Masterpiece Original barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Emeril’s Original Essence
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Mix brown sugar, Emeril’s Essence, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, garlic and cayenne pepper thoroughly, and sprinkle on both sides of ribs to taste.
  • For grilling, carefully wrap in aluminum foil and cook bone side down approximately 1 1/2 hours on low temperature.
  • No need to turn.
  • After ribs become tender, remove from foil and continue cooking on both sides to desired crispness.
  • Apply barbecue sauce liberally to both sides and allow approximately 10 minutes for barbecue sauce to caramelize.
  • Brush a second time if desired, and allow to caramelize.
  • Remove from grill and enjoy!
  • *For oven baking, wrap in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet in a 275°F oven for 4 hours.
  • Place a pan with water in the oven also to keep them moist.
  • Remove and discard foil and brush with barbecue sauce and allow 10 minutes to caramelize.
  • Brush a second time if desired.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy!



Serving: 194gCalories: 320.7kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 1.1gFat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 3204.6mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 55g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Beginner Cook, Camping, Easy, Kid-Friendly, Meat, Pork, Savory
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Shara @The Bird BBQ

Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.