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What are Baby Back Ribs?

Baby back ribs are the tender, succulent cuts from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs. They're known for their juicy meatiness and are a favorite in BBQ cuisine. Perfectly cooked, they can be a melt-in-your-mouth experience. What's your favorite way to enjoy these delectable ribs? Join the conversation and share your best recipes.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Baby back ribs are a popular offering in many restaurants that are considered fun to eat. Often served with a healthy helping of barbecue sauce, they are eaten with the fingers rather than with any utensils. Sometimes referred to as Canadian back ribs or pork loin back ribs, this dish has become a staple offering in many family restaurants around the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Usually classified as finger meat, the ribs are cut to be very thin and are consumed by picking them up with the hands. Extracting a cut from the center and blade sections of the pork loin creates the baby back ribs. The cut is performed in a manner that creates a slab of ribs, and usually will weigh less than 2 pounds (0.9 kg). The meat that is located between each of the ribs is very lean and tasty, especially when smoked and prepared with a tangy sauce. Since the pork loin is a relatively tender cut of meat, the ribs are often cooked to the point that the meat is ready to fall off the bone. This attribute makes eating baby back ribs messy and a lot of fun.

Ribs are classified as a type of finger food and are cooked to be tender, often described as falling right off the bone.
Ribs are classified as a type of finger food and are cooked to be tender, often described as falling right off the bone.

Some restaurants choose to offer baby back ribs as an appetizer, while others will offer single and double orders as an entree. Frozen ribs are also available for preparation at home, making it possible to use a favorite barbecue sauce as a coating or a side condiment with the ribs. Considered an excellent choice of food for casual occasions, they are also popular choices for backyard grilling and as one of the finger foods that are served at sports bars and parties.

Baby back ribs are often marinated with barbecue sauce before being prepared on a grill.
Baby back ribs are often marinated with barbecue sauce before being prepared on a grill.

When served in restaurants, baby back ribs are often accompanied with French fries, fried cheese sticks, onion rings and other quick and easy finger foods. As a simple comfort food that is ideal for a casual dining experience at home or at a local eatery, these ribs are often an excellent choice.

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Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including DelightedCooking, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including DelightedCooking, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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mutsy

Comfyshoes- I have a neighbor that makes the best smoked baby back ribs. She tells me that she marinates the ribs the night before in a Vidalia onion barbeque sauce.

However, her secret weapon is the beer. She pours beer on top of the ribs when they start cooking which makes them even tenderer.

comfyshoes

I just want to add that I love the baby back ribs at Shorty’s.

They actually have a platter that has a set of baby back ribs along with a chicken breast, corn on the cob, a side order of fries, and a side order of coleslaw along with garlic bread.

I order this entree whenever I go,and I only go there when I am really hungry because the amount of food is really too much for one person unless you are starving.

I was use the smoked barbeque sauce which tastes really tangy.

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    • Ribs are classified as a type of finger food and are cooked to be tender, often described as falling right off the bone.
      By: robynmac
      Ribs are classified as a type of finger food and are cooked to be tender, often described as falling right off the bone.
    • Baby back ribs are often marinated with barbecue sauce before being prepared on a grill.
      By: Legacy Images
      Baby back ribs are often marinated with barbecue sauce before being prepared on a grill.
    • French fries are often served with baby back ribs.
      By: Viktor
      French fries are often served with baby back ribs.
    • Baby back ribs are a popular backyard grilling item.
      By: Jim Lambert
      Baby back ribs are a popular backyard grilling item.
    • Baby back ribs are a perennial favorite at backyard barbecues.
      By: Monkey Business
      Baby back ribs are a perennial favorite at backyard barbecues.