Baby Back Ribs with Quince Barbecue Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Steven Raichlen

Steven Raichlen shares his recipe for Baby Back Ribs with Quince Barbecue Sauce prepared on the Big Green Egg.

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  • 2 racks baby back ribs, membranes removed
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • 1 cup apple cider, in a mister


Set the EGG for indirect cooking with a convEGGtor at 275°F, add soaked wood chips or chunks.

Season the ribs on both sides with salt, pepper and paprika. Arrange the ribs bone side down on the cooking grid. Spray with the cider after the first hour. Cook the ribs until they’re well-browned and tender enough to pull apart with your fingers, about 3 hours, spraying each hour with the cider. Brush the ribs on both sides with the barbecue sauce and continue cooking for 30 minutes. Serve immediately with the sauce on the side.

Quince Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • 8 oz. quince paste, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ⅓ cup dark rum
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup water

Quince Barbecue Sauce Instructions

For the barbecue sauce, place the quince paste, rum, vinegar, ketchup, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, honey, salt and pepper in a saucepan with ¼ cup water. Gently simmer over medium heat until thick, 10 minutes, whisking until smooth. The sauce should be thick but pourable.

2 thoughts on “Baby Back Ribs with Quince Barbecue Sauce”

  1. Found this really helpful as most recipes don’t seem to cover baby back ribs

    Agree with Paul above: 2.5h @ 150C plus 30 was perfect. Mesquite smoke and Montreal rub. Great recipe

  2. Went out on a limb since there were no reviews, and made these ribs. Had to search for the quince paste but found at organic food store.

    This was a delicious bbq sauce on the ribs!! I used the thermometer on the egg and 3.5 hours at 275 would be too long. I let it go no higher than 250 and next time will do it in 2.5 hours plus 30 min after applying bbq sauce. Used hickory wood chunks. Really great and unique recipe!! Highly encourage you to try this one!!

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