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Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs with Coffee Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs with Coffee Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs with Coffee Whiskey Barbecue Sauce are super easy to make yet moist, flavorful and fall-off-the-bone tender. They're finger-licking, lip-smacking amazing!
Course Main Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 782kcal
Author Onion Rings and Things


  • 4 pounds baby back ribs, cut between bones into pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Coffee Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Whiskey
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Molasses
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee or 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Season baby back ribs with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Cover tightly with foil. Bake in a 300 F oven for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until fork-tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, combine BBQ sauce ingredients: ketchup, garlic, onions, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Whiskey, orange juice, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, coffee, olive oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika and red pepper flakes. Stir until blended.
  • Over medium heat, bring sauce to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 1 hour or until thick and reduced by half.
  • Remove meat from oven and using tongs, dip ribs in the BBQ sauce to fully coat. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until sauce is thickened and nicely caramelized. Remove from heat and serve hot.


Serving: 386g | Calories: 782kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.5g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 29.7g | Saturated Fat: 11.6g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 1870mg | Potassium: 1195mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 39.6g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 28.9mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 6.8mg