Rudy's BBQ Copycat Baby Back Ribs

June 15, 2015
1 Ratings
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 4 hours
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

My late husband and I always disagreed about bbq sauce - I liked it spicy, he liked it sweet. We went to Austin, TX and we both fell in love with Rudy's BBQ Sause - and then kicked ourselves for not buying more to bring home! This is my copycat BBQ sauce recipe - great on ribs, chicken and I've even drizzled it over scrambled eggs! —Biz Velatini

What You'll Need
  • For the Ribs
  • 2 slabs baby back ribs, silver skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • For the BBQ Sauce
  • 8 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2.5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. For the ribs: mix the dry mustard, smoked paprika, salt and pepper together and rub on the ribs. Put ribs in foil and tightly cover the ribs and bake on a cookie sheet at 250 degrees for three hours. This can be done over the weekend too for a quick weeknight meal.
  2. For the BBQ sauce: mix everything together in a pan and cook over medium low heat for 30 minutes. This can also be made ahead and keeps in the refrigerator for weeks.
  3. When you are ready to grill, light coals or heat up your gas grill. Brush both sides with the BBQ sauce and cook over medium heat until heated through, then I turn up the heat on high to get some char marks for an extra smokey flavor. These are fall off the bone ribs!

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3 Reviews

Ian P. December 9, 2018
Biz, you totally stole this from here and called it "my recipe", but that Beth woman clearly made it. You even told the same story in the comments as "anonymous". Just sayin'.
G.R.R. November 10, 2017
Here's a link to the _real_ Ruby's BBQ sauce recipe - the best sauce in the world!
Edward J. October 14, 2016
Delicious, I used Korean pepper instead of cayenne and added extra. It's better than the real thing