Baby Back Ribs with Maple-Mustard Glaze

Recipe Information

Total Time: 
3 hours; 30 minutes active

These delectably tender ribs are basted with a simple, luscious, maple-mustard glaze.


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 4 pounds baby back ribs
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Heat oven to 275°F. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, paprika, dry mustard, oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Place the ribs on a large rimmed baking sheet. Rub the ribs with the spice mixture and tightly cover the baking sheet with foil. Bake for 2 1/2 hours. The meat will be tender and easily pull away from the bone. Let cool.
  3. While the ribs bake, make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, vinegar and maple syrup. Transfer 1/2 cup of the sauce into a small bowl for serving.
  4. Heat grill to medium-high. Grill the ribs, basting with the remaining sauce and turning occasionally, until just turning brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with the reserved sauce.


Serving Suggestion

The simplest way to get perfectly cooked fall-off-the-bone ribs is to bake them in a low oven, then pop them on the grill for a final kiss of smoke and fire. If you want to skip the grill, just drizzle baked ribs with sauce, place under a hot broiler for a few seconds and serve with corn on the cob, potato salad or any other ’cue favorite side.

Nutritional Information: 

740 calories, 50 g. fat, 210 mg. cholesterol, 810 mg. sodium, 20 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 58 g. protein