Applebee's Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Baby Back Ribs are the most popular item on Applebee's menu and are incredibly easy to make at home. The BBQ sauce is surprisingly simple and has only 6 ingredients. SIX! Make our Applebee's Baby Back Ribs Recipe soon.

What is it about Applebee's Restaurant?

Ask anyone to name their favorite casual dining restaurants and you can bet that Applebees will be up there close to the top along with the superior Outback Steakhouse or Olive Garden. Applebee's Grill just seems to have it's finger on the pulse of the American diner.

I'm not complaining, mind you.  I love the place.  Especially Applebee's Baby Back Ribs.  

By the way, I'm not sure if they sell the Barbeque Sauce by the bottle at the restaurants or online (If anyone knows, please leave a comment and let us all know.)

If you need help cooking the ribs (or just want to read more about BBQ and Grilling) visit my website The Weekend Grillers - Grilling Ribs.  We have recipes, techniques and reviews.

Applebee's Baby Back Ribs Recipe

I usually make 2 batches of the sauce. One for basting the ribs while grilling and one for dipping the ribs in at the table.

  • 3 racks of Baby-Back Pork Ribs, each rack cut in half (about one pound each)
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

  1. Put ribs in a large pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until meat becomes fork-tender.
(Okay, this is actually how Applebee's does it. But you don't have to. Boiling is a quick and easy cooking technique for ribs -- which is important when you are serving 1000's a night -- but it is not the best way to cook them. See my Grilling Ribs Page on my website The Weekend Grillers for much better and tastier grilling techniques.)
  1. Mix remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often, 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  3. Preheat broiler.
  4. Line broiler pan with foil for easy cleanup.
  5. Place ribs, meat side down, on broiler-pan rack, brush with 1/2 the sauce and broil 4 – 5 inches from heat source for 6 – 7 minutes.
  6. Turn ribs over, brush with remaining sauce and broil 6 – 7 minutes longer or until edges are just slightly charred.

Serve with dipping sauce if you followed my advice and made two batches.

Makes about 4 servings for normal people or 1 serving for a True BBQ Fanatic.

Takes about 1 1/4 hours with about 4 minutes actual work time. .

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Photo of Applebee's Baby Back Ribs By Lippo - Mike LaPlante. Used by permission under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) License.


Rachel said...

Sounds really great! I just posted this article in my weekly newsletter and on my web site. I'm sure everyone will love it.

Mark Hester said...

Great Rachel. Glad to see a fellow BBQ Fan on board. Everyone, feel free to include any and all of these recipes on your websites. Just include a link back, okay?


Anonymous said...

They actually use a dry rub on them and marinate over night, cook on a charbroiler then place them in a hotel pan with a grate 2cups of water and a tablespoon of liquid smoke cover with plastic wrap and tinfoil and bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, thier house bbq sauce is bullseye