Umami Barbecue – Baby Back Ribs

Umami Barbecue – Baby Back Ribs

In this recipe, we are going to make a unique Umami enhanced barbecue sauce. We are also going to cook to temperature and not time. In my opinion, these are the best baby back ribs you can make.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby back ribs, umami, umami barbecue, umami bbq
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 669kcal
Cost: $40


  • Remove packaging on the three baby back rib racks.
  • Remove the membrane from the back of the rib racks.
  • Now season the ribs using Montreal Steak Seasoning.
  • Insert the needle temperature probe into the rib rack making sure we do not touch any bone.
  • Put all three rib racks into a 300F preheated smoker. Then plug in the probe into the Signals thermometer.
  • We are going to cook these ribs uncovered and in the smoke till they reach 160F.
  • As the ribs cook we will now make the barbecue sauce. We get a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • Add one cup of ketchup.
  • Two teaspoons of brown sugar.
  • Two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Four tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
  • Two teaspoons of garlic powder.
  • Two teaspoons of chipotle sauce
  • One half a teaspoon of ground mustard
  • One half a teaspoon of sea salt.
  • Now if you want you can stop here and use the sauce the way it is. If you want to take it up a big notch then you can add the next three ingredients. I call these the Umami enhancers and the will double the number of glutamates in the sauce.
  • Two large tablespoons of chipotle in adobo sauce.
  • One tablespoon of fish sauce. Please note it is not fishy.
  • One tablespoon of tamari sauce.
  • Now mix well and put into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • When ribs hit 160F remove and then apply barbecue sauce,
  • Now put ribs into a large foil pan and then cover the top with aluminum foil.
  • Reinsert temperature probe and cook ribs till when they hit 195F.
  • When ribs hit 195F remove foil from the top of the pan and let the sauce turn into a glaze. This is about 30 minutes.
  • Let ribs rest for about 10 minutes then slice and serve.



Calories: 669kcal
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