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Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs Recipe – A Crowd Pleaser!

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When I first started making BBQ ribs, I would often get disappointing results. I thought it was the cut of meat I was buying, so I started buying a more expensive cut. It did help, but I did not always get the results I wanted. As my family grew, in number and my boys became “teen eaters”, I could not afford to get the more expensive cuts of meat. I did research on different ways to prepare the meat, but my research and efforts of cooking the meat was again disappointing.

With more research, I found this one tip: Take off the membrane. It worked! The membrane is a very thin piece of skin that is unnoticeable on the back of the ribs. I had seen this tip before, but it seemed like such a silly thing to do plus it made no sense to me. I remember trying it once, and it took so long to do, that I gave up. That is probably why I dismissed it altogether. If I can’t do something easy, especially when it comes to cooking, I give up.

So, I tried it again! Guess what? It was not as hard the second time and my ribs turned out fabulous! I thought, “That was a fluke, the ribs won’t turn out this good with a cheaper cut.” So, I went to the store and bought a cheaper cut of meat and it worked again! Wow! I was amazed. I have been doing this ever since, and each time my ribs are falling off the bone. Now, I have to be careful, especially when grilling, that they are not too tender and fall off the bone before I get my sauce on them.

This is an easy recipe to cook the day before you have company. After baking, leave in aluminum foil and put in refrigerator. Take out the next morning to come to room temperature, then 30 minutes before company arrives, put in oven to warm up and then broil on BBQ sauce, or put on grill to warm up and apply BBQ sauce. I serve this with a baked potato, peas and corn on the cob. A salad would go well with this too.

Give me a comment below and let me know how these turn out for you. Or, if you have any questions, you can put those in the comments as well. I’ll answer them to the best of my knowledge!

Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs Recipe


  • Pork Ribs – Enough ribs to feed your family. I have to do at least 2 racks for my large family.
  • Salt & Pepper or Dry Rub – Recipe below
  • Aluminum Foil
  • BBQ Sauce – Recipe Below



Wash racks of rib well.

Take off membrane from the back of the ribs by slipping a finger between the membrane and the rib. Carefully pull it completely off.

Grab hold of membrane on back of ribs.

Get finger up under membrane and carefully pull.

While holding meat with one hand, pull membrane completely off.


Salt and Pepper ribs generously, or use a dry rub.

Place ribs on a long sheet of aluminum foil, meat side down. Then top with another long sheet of aluminum foil. Fold sides and ends to make a packet. Place on a cookie sheet.

Place ribs on aluminum foil.

Fold sides and ends to make a packet. Place on cookie sheet.



Bake in oven at 275 degrees for 3 hours.

Take top aluminum foil off packet and apply BBQ sauce generously. Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes till BBQ sauce is hot and bubbly. Or, you can place on a grill and cook till sauce is done.

Open packet and put on BBQ sauce.

Broil or grill till sauce is hot and glazed.



Using a knife, cut into serving pieces, usually 2 ribs and enjoy!


Dry Rub Seasoning


  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper – more or less to your taste (I use less because I have younger children)
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


Mix all ingredients together and place in an airtight container or canning jar with lid. Use as much or as little as you prefer. Keep the rest in airtight container till ready to use the next time. This rub can be used for beef, pork or any kind of poultry.


BBQ Sauce Recipe


  • 4 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 medium onions – diced small
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


In a medium sauce pan, heat oil till hot. Add in onions and sautee till translucent. Then add garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cool and put into a large jar or container with lid and keep in refrigerator till ready to use.

All comments are appreciated!!


2 thoughts

  • Michele
    July 9, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    My brother-in-law if famous for his ribs, and that is what he does.

    • Karen Metz
      July 9, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      I would love to try his! Does he have a website?

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