Spicy BBQ Ribs Spicy BBQ Ribs
Prep 10 minutes
Total 3 hours
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Spicy BBQ Ribs

These tasty, melt-in-your-mouth ribs are so easy to make! After being sprinkled with a flavourful dry-rub, they’re wrapped up tight and baked in the oven until fall-off-the-bone tender. They’re then smothered in a spicy, tabasco-spiked bbq sauce and grilled until lacquered and charred in places. The intense vinegariness of the tabasco works wonders in balancing the dish: it adds zing and counteracts the sweetness of the glaze.

For the dry-rub:
  • 3 tbsps light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsps fine sea salt
  • 2 tsps mustard powder
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • 2 tsps garlic granules
  • 1 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
For the ribs:
  • 2 kg pork loin ribs racks (baby back ribs)
  • 350 g barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp tabasco sauce


  1. Heat oven to 150℃ /fan 130℃. Combine the dry-rub ingredients in a small bowl. Arrange the rib racks in a single layer on a large chopping board or clean kitchen counter.
  2. Season the ribs with the dry-rub on both sides, patting it down into all the nooks and crannies. Double wrap the racks individually, first in greaseproof paper then in foil; seal into a tight parcel. Arrange the rib parcels in a single layer on one (or two) baking sheets and bake until the ribs are very tender but not quite falling apart, 2 ½ hours. Remove from the oven. 
  3. Switch your oven to its grill setting on high. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Carefully unwrap the ribs. Using tongs, carefully transfer the rib racks to the foil-lined baking sheet, leaving the juices behind.
  4. Baste the ribs on both sides with a third of the spicy bbq sauce. Grill for 5 minutes, turning once halfway through. 
  5. Baste the ribs on both sides with the second third of the spicy bbq sauce and grill, turning once halfway through, for a further 5 minutes. 
  6. Finally, baste the ribs on both sides with the remaining spicy bbq sauce and grill, turning once halfway through, for a final 5 minutes, or until lacquered and starting to crisp. Transfer to a platter and serve.