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Quick and Easy Babyback Ribs, aka A.D.D. Ribs

Slaw, tatertots and texas toast are the perfect complement to ribs.

Slaw, tatertots and texas toast are the perfect complement to ribs.

I like to call this recipe: Attention Deficit Disorder Ribs. It is hard for someone like myself to spend 6 hours on a dish and that is why they are called A.D.D. ribs.

Hardcore BBQ-ers will tell you that real ribs must be cooked over low heat for hours upon end to produce authentic ribs. I, too, enjoy ribs cooked in this fashion, and I usually get these at my favorite BBQ joint or let someone else cook them and have me over for dinner.

For those who like to “push the easy button” on ribs and still get tasty, “bone sucking” results, there are two time saving endeavors: parboiling and using your oven. “Parboiling” quite simply means to boil to make softer. This technique usually means that you will cook the food long enough to make it softer but not totally “done”. In this recipe, you will parboil the ribs to soften them but will finish cooking the ribs on the grill.

This recipe gives you grilled flavor and charring, minus the time. For those with gas grills, this will save you from using an entire can of propane!


  • 2 full rack pork ribs (enough for 4 people) *** I once made the mistake of buying beef spare ribs because everything in my grocery store was in spanish!
  • salt, pepper – I prefer freshly ground pepper and sea salt, It does make a difference
  • olive oil
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce, either homemade or store-bought. I prefer Stubb’s Spicy Chipotle Sauce but they offer mild and medium options as well. ***In my personal facebook poll, Stubbs came in as the favorite store-bought sauce with Sweet Baby Ray’s a close second.

Take ribs and remove the outer membrane.

Bring a large pot of water to boil

Put the ribs in the water and let boil for 40 minutes

Take the ribs and place them in a 9X13 pan that is covered in foil (this will cut down on clean up!). Lightly brush with olive oil, then cover with salt, pepper and sauce on both sides. Let the ribs marinate in sauce for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, heat up your grill to medium/medium high heat.

Place ribs on the grill, baste with additional sauce. Grill on each side for 15-20 minutes, or until there are distinguishable char marks and the sauce begins to carmelize.

Serve with coleslaw, tater tots and **texas toast!

** I buy texas toast from the publix, found in the freezer section, and place the pieces on the top burner of the grill while the ribs cook on the lower burners. This gives the toast nice grill marks and cooks them perfectly. I also put the frozen taters tots on a foil packet and let them cook on the lower burners at the same time. Great served with Chipotle cilantro cole slaw. Essentially, your whole meal has been cooked on the grill and there is no need for the back and forth from the kitchen to the backyard.


Finishing the ribs on the grill lets the sauce carmelize and gives nice char marks.

Finishing the ribs on the grill lets the sauce carmelize and gives nice char marks.

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11 Responses to Quick and Easy Babyback Ribs, aka A.D.D. Ribs

  1. Jasper Turturo January 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I am looking for a hot sauce for grilling recipe for a chilly weather bbq, anyone have any suggestions?

  2. Robyn January 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi Jasper! I would do my chipotle sriracha sauce found on my blog. If you don’t like too much spice I also really like Stubb’s chipotle BBQ sauce. Good luck!!

  3. Eddie Medlin February 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Hi Robyn,

    I am the biggest fan of you Blog. I love your BBQ recipes. I am very proud of your grill skills. Keep the grill recipes coming.


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  6. Robyn April 14, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    thank you!

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  10. Stephen January 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Hey Grill Grrrl, I am making these tmrw for the 49ers playoff game and totally stoked. Heading to the store now to get the ribs and ingredients, and will get started tonight. Will let you know how they turn out!

  11. Robyn January 20, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    how did it turn out? this is an old, early stage GrillGrrrl post. I should have told you to put a little BBQ rub on before adding the sauce as well.

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