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sliced baby back ribs with bbq sauce

Baby Back Ribs with Boom Sauce

Enjoy summer grilling at its best with these Baby Back Ribs with BOOM Sauce. The quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce has a secret ingredient with a real kick!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 802



  • 3 pounds baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika

BOOM sauce:

  • ¼ cup onion (minced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 14 ounces ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat grill to 250 degrees F. Remove membrane from the back of the ribs by lifting the end with a dry butter knife, then gripping it with a paper towel and lifting (my ribs already had the membrane removed). Rinse ribs with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
  • In small bowl, mix together cumin, chili powder, and paprika. Coat all surfaces of ribs with rub. Place on grill, cover with lid, and cook fully covered for 2-3 hours.
  • Meanwhile, to make the BOOM sauce, saute onions and garlic in olive oil in sauce pan over medium heat until fragrant and golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Add remaining sauce ingredients and stir to combine. If you want boom sauce (perfect amount of heat that you can feel on the entire surface of your tongue), use 2 tablespoons of El Yucatero. If you want BOOM sauce [notice BOOM in all caps] with a heat that will make you sweat and have you coming back for more, bump it up to 3 tablespoons of El Yucatero. You'll get a total of 2 cups of sauce.
  • Once the meat has pulled back from the bones, cover with a healthy amount of BOOM sauce and continue to cook, covered, for the last 15 minutes of your grilling time to really get the sauce to stick. Remove ribs from grill, slice, and serve with additional BOOM sauce, lots of paper towels, and a big glass of ice water!


Calories: 802kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1724mg | Potassium: 1080mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 2046IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 4mg