The Best Dutch Oven Ribs Recipe
These BBQ Baby Back Ribs made in the Dutch Oven will change your life! They are tender, flavorful, and absolutely delicious!Nothing says summer to me like a good outdoor dutch oven recipe. We’ve experimented a bit over the years, and I feel like each recipes gets better and better. And the latest one? Seriously the best. With Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to share with you all a fool proof, dutch oven BBQ ribs recipe. Because what dad wouldn’t love ribs on Father’s Day?! I’ve had ribs from the grill, from the oven, and from restaurants, and I can honestly say I’ve never had ribs as good as these ones. As my dad always says, everything always tastes better outside…and I think I’ll add to that – and in a dutch oven. I researched how to make perfect ribs, and I used all of the tips and techniques I found to make sure this recipe turned out perfectly. Here are a few things I learned:
- The key to perfect ribs is cooking them long and slow
- A delicious BBQ dry rub is essential
- Less is more when it comes to BBQ sauce — too much can burn
- Use a BBQ mop for basting – this is basically a thin BBQ sauce, often made thinner with vinegar. We took a bottle of Kingsford’s Original BBQ sauce (sooo good) and mixed in some vinegar.
- Wrapping them in tin foil part way through can help seal in the flavor and juiciness
- Ribs are done at 145 degrees, but it’s best to have the internal temperature between 190 and 203 for optimal tenderness. Always use a meat thermometer!
- They shouldn’t be falling off the bone, but they should be tender
Dutch Oven Ribs Recipe
BBQ Spice Rub
- `1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon oregano
Dutch Oven Ribs
- 3 lb baby back ribs
- 1-2 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoon BBQ dry rub
- 1 cup Kingsford BBQ Sauce
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
BBQ Spice Rub
- Mix together all of the ingredients for the spice rub. You will not use the entire mixture for the ribs - store in an air tight container.
- Dutch Oven Ribs
- Heat Kingsford long lasting charcoal
- Remove the silver lining on the underside of the ribs if present.
- Cover ribs with a thin layer of yellow mustard.
- Cover ribs with spice rub.
- In a 12-inch outdoor dutch oven stove, place ribs, meat side up. Place the lid back on it.
- Add enough coals to keep the dutch oven at around 250 degrees - 9 above, 5 below. Keep other ones hot to replace later.
- Let cook for about 45 minutes.
- Mix together BBQ sauce and vinegar, and divide into three portions. After 45 minutes, baste the ribs with BBQ sauce from one of the portions. Cover again.
- After another 45 minutes, baste again (with clean brush and BBQ sauce), and then wrap the ribs in tin foil, meat side down and loosely wrapping on top. Cover again.
- After 45 more minutes, baste again (with clean brush and BBQ sauce) and test the meat temperature. If it's between 190 and 203, they are perfect! If not, cook for 10 minute increments (replace coals if needed). Meat is done when it reaches 145, but they aren't perfect until the 190 to 203 range.
- Serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side and enjoy!
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is currently training to be a Certified Lactation Educator. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.
Donna Browning says
Can potatoes be added to the ribs & cooked together?
I haven’t tried that,but I think it would work!
Cindi Winters says
I’m in the middle of this bbq cooking in the Dutch oven. I’m new to it so still learning and only cooked in it about 5 times. I followed all directions but the bottom (within 40 min) burned, scorched, something but since wrapping in foil it looks wonderful and should be about done! Now if I can just clean it!?! Suggestions? What can I do to keep from burning in future?
Hi, Cindi! I’m so sorry to hear that – I’m not entirely sure why it would have burned…possibly the coals were too hot? I hope that it still tastes yummy! Here is a tutorial on how to clean a burnt on dutch oven 🙂 https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/how-to-clean-stained-enameled-cast-iron-pot-article
Chelsea @ Life With My Littles says
Oh man, this makes me want to get our Dutch oven out again! My husband would looooove these!