Jan 8, 2010

Foil-Wrapped Baby Back Ribs Recipe from Weber's Time to Grill™ by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

10 Reviews

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Serves: 4 // Prep time: 15 minutes | Grilling time: about 1¼ hours | Special equipment: 1 handful hickory wood chips, 18-inch-wide heavy-duty aluminum foil

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Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 2 racks baby back ribs, each about 2 lb

Oil and Spices

  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • .5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp paprika


  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Special Equipment

  • 18"-wide heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • 1 handful hickory wood chips



  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 racks baby back ribs, each about 2 pounds

  • 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce


  1. Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

  3. In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients.

  4. Remove the membrane from the back of each rack of ribs. Cut each rack crosswise in the middle to create two smaller racks.

  5. Season each half rack evenly with the rub. Using eight 18-by-24-inch sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, double wrap each half rack in its own packet.

  6. Brush the cooking grates clean. Place the ribs on the grill over direct medium heat and cook for 1 hour, with the lid closed, occasionally turning the packets over for even cooking, making sure not to pierce the foil.

  7. Remove the packets from the grill and let rest for about 10 minutes. Carefully open the foil packets, remove the ribs, and discard the rendered fat and foil.

  8. Drain and add the wood chips to the charcoal or to the smoker box of a gas grill, following manufacturer’s instructions, and close the lid. When the wood begins to smoke, return the ribs to the grill, bone side down. Grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until they are sizzling and lightly charred, 10 to 12 minutes, turning and basting once or twice with the sauce. Remove from the grill and let rest for about 5 minutes. Cut into individual ribs and serve warm with any remaining sauce.

10 Reviews

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Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Jun 9, 2013

Gary S

Good option for ribs

Tried it last night on 14 guests with 15 pounds of ribs. Worked surprisingly well. I checked them after an hour and wasn't sure if they were cooked so left them in the foil for 15 more minutes. I should have removed them after an hour, as the directions said. They were still moist and tender, but definitely didn't need the extra 15 minutes in the foil. A fool proof way to cook ribs. Lots of compliments from the guests.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Jun 16, 2013

Tom W

Steamed Ribs

What a waste of meat. These can just be done in the oven and put on the grill for the last 10 or 15 minutes. Don't waste your time.

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