Written by: Rachel Best


It’s never the wrong time to have some ribs, especially mouth-watering baby back ribs!

There are plenty of promising recipes in books and on the internet. Today we take a look at one of these recipes. So, are you looking for a delicious recipe that won’t call for too much effort but will produce excellent results? One that’s ideal for a family meal or intimate dinner for two? You came to the right place. 

Baby back ribs are among the most irresistible meat cuts, and once you have a taste, there’s no going back. They tend to be aesthetically pleasing and extremely delicious. Truth be told, you don’t need to put up much effort when preparing baby back ribs. All you need to do is add the ingredients and leave them in the oven to do the rest. 

Nevertheless, be careful not to overcook. With this recipe for baby back ribs in foil, you and your loved ones will indeed have a wonderful meal. 

How to cook baby back ribs

Cooking baby back ribs is relatively easy, as we previously mentioned. Season it with a decent amount of ingredients and leave it to cook to perfection. For instance, you can apply a small amount of garlic oil and add salt and pepper to your liking. Again, you could use more ingredients like rosemary, garlic paste, lemon juice, thyme, grapeseed oil, and paisley. 

Meanwhile, if you have never eaten veal chops, maybe because you’re a vegetarian or have unwavering misconceptions about veal, it might be a good idea to reconsider. Plenty has changed within the past years. 

Veal is a nutritious meal, and it’s softer than beef. It is sourced from calves between 22 & 24 weeks old. Also, these calves weigh 500 to 600 lbs. These meats are mostly a derivative of the dairy market. Usually, dairy farmers trade these male calves as they mostly focus on milk production and thus have no use for them. 


As promised, here is a mouthwatering grilled baby back ribs in foil recipe:


  • 1 tbsp kosher salt 
  • � tbsp ground black pepper 
  • 2 tbsp paprika 
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme 
  • 2 tbsp ground garlic 
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce 
  • A cup of hickory wood chips, soak them for 30 minutes in water 
  • 2 baby back rib racks, each weighing 2 to 2.5 lbs.

How to prepare:

#1 Begin by preparing your grill for cooking at 3500 to 4500F (medium heat). 

#2 Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl. 

#3 Remove the ribs` membrane from the back and cut every rack into two.

#4 Take all four pieces and season them using the above mixture. Take 18 x 24 in sheets of aluminum foil. Ensure you double-wrap every piece independently. 

#5 Clean the cooking grates before placing the ribs, after which it’s safe to place them over the indirect heat, leave them for 60 minutes, and shut the grill. You can check on the ribs occasionally as you turn them so they can cook evenly. But be careful not to cut the foil. 

#6 Take the pieces out of the grill and let them sit for around 10 minutes. Open the foil cautiously, take out the ribs and throw away the foil and rendered fat. 

#7 Drain the hickory wood chips and add the wood to your smoker box if you have a gas grill or burning coal. However, be extremely careful and follow the manufacturer’s instructions where applicable. 

#8 Once the wood starts smoking, place the ribs on the grill with the bone section facing down. Let them grill over the direct heat, with the grill closed, till they’re somewhat charred. Keep turning them for about 10 to 20 minutes to achieve even cooking, and use barbeque sauce. 

#9 Take the ribs away from the grill and allow them to sit for around 10 minutes. Now that your baby’s back ribs are ready cut into each rib and serve them warm with some barbeque sauce. 

Are baby back ribs healthy?

A 3-pound serving of lean veal is an excellent source of essential nutrients such as choline, Vitamin B6, Selenium, Vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and riboflavin. Additionally, a piece of lean veal has more than 150 calories, thus among the most nutrient-rich proteins. 

Generally, the more protein in your food, the longer you’ll feel satisfied. 

What is the ideal temperature to cook grilled baby back ribs in foil?

The best temperature for grilling your foiled baby back ribs is 3500 to 4500 F. You will heat your double-wrapped meat indirectly for about 1 hour. This simply means that the heat is sourced from the grill’s elements on either side of your ribs and not directly beneath it. Hence, your grill in this situation is more of an oven, letting you gradually roast the back ribs till they’re perfectly ready. 


If you’re having issues regulating the grill, simply modify the time you leave the ribs in the grill. For instance, a 4000 grill will take 120 minutes, while a 3000 grill will take 150 minutes. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to consider the temperature. 


Should I cover the ribs with foil?

Covering your ribs with foil while grilling them reduces smoke and direct heat to the meat’s surface, resulting in a much better flavor and color when the ribs are ready. 

Is it better to cook ribs on a grill or oven?

Even though grilling gives the ribs a different but amazing taste, baking is not bad. 

An oven gives you control over your ribs and how long they’ll take to be ready. This is because it has controlled temperature, helping you determine the right temperature and preventing your meal from overcooking or undercooking. 

How long will it take for my grilled ribs to be ready?

One hour or more, depending on the temperature. You’ll begin by heating them over indirect heat after double wrapping them. Here there’s no flame directly beneath them. 

In conclusion

Cooking grilled baby back ribs using aluminum foil is a popular cooking method in barbequing and smoking, and you can also use it while cooking them in the oven. It slightly lessens the cooking period, resulting in sizzling, delicious, soft, and juicy meat.