Baby Back Ribs With Magic Spice Blend

July 1, 2018

Author Notes: These ribs aren't going to look and taste like the sticky, saucy, lacquered ribs of Southern yore—they're a bit cleaner in taste. As you've basically steamed them in their own juices, they'll be fall-off-the-bone succulent, and in this you may find a new appreciation for the flavor of pork as it should be: not drowned in a saccharine BBQ sauce, but rather powdered with a smoky-sweet, savory invisibility cloak that lets the meat be meat.Eric Kim

Food52 Review: Featured in: My Lip-Smacking BBQ Ribs & the Secret Spice Blend That Makes Them Sing.The Editors

Serves: 3 to 4
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 hrs


  • 2 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 4 tablespoons Magic Spice Blend, recipe follows

Magic Spice Blend

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika (you can use regular sweet paprika if you don't like the taste of smoked)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed, crushed in the palm of your hand
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 250° F. Season the ribs on both sides, generously, with the Magic Spice Blend.
  2. Wrap the ribs tightly in aluminum foil (I always use heavy-duty), place on a sheet pan flesh-side down, and bake for 3 hours. I like to eat this with white rice.

Magic Spice Blend

  1. Spoon all of the ingredients into a Mason jar and shake.

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