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Louisiana Cajun-Style Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (Dry Rub & Easy Mop Sauce)

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OooooooEEEEEE – – BAM!! 😀 I can just imagine what Emeril might be saying if he tried a bite of these! I truly believe he would approve!! 😀

Seriously, these are, in my opinion, my best ribs yet! But, they should come with two warnings, though! First, they should be illegal they’re so good!! 😉

And secondly, they have quite a little kick! 😀 I was thrilled BEYOND over them, but as you know, my hubby has a little trouble with spicy-hot foods. I pushed him out of his comfort zone on these.






So be warned. If you can’t take the heat, these might not be for you!

But even my hubby liked them. He just didn’t love them like I did. 😉


Honestly, I felt like I was down in Louisiana in Cajun country at a little barbecue joint from the very first taste!

They’re melt-in-your-mouth tender, juicy, and the heat doesn’t even hit you at first. It’s one of those that slowly sneaks up on ya, warms you up from the inside out, and doesn’t burn or make you cough! 😉

The best kind of hot! 😀



cajun bbq ribs rubbed



I brought out all of my favorite spices for southern-style rubs from the cupboards, then added a few newer ones such as creole seasoning (a must!), a few more herbs than usual, onion powder (which I don’t normally use for ribs), and a little pinch of red pepper flakes!



cajun bbq ribs done



I very much enjoy both a dry rub and a wet sauce, so while the ribs were baking to ultimate perfection, I played with a bottle of Sue Bee’s Louisiana-Style Barbecue Sauce.

I wanted quite a good kick, plus, I also wanted to add just a few more ingredients to it to make sure it was as true Cajun-style as I could do, as that was what I was trying hard to achieve.

It really turned out to be one heck of a sauce!! 😀 



cajun bbq ribs



I hope that I don’t sound like I’m bragging about these. I’m just so very pleased with them, and so very happy to share my recipe with you all!


I don’t know what you’re making for the holiday weekend, but I can promise you this, these would be a smash hit at a Memorial Day, (or Fourth of July), backyard barbecue!!


The only downfall? Everyone will love them so much
that you’ll be stuck making these for every party! 😉

Take care all, and have a fun, but safe, holiday!





Louisiana Cajun-Style Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (Dry Rub & Easy Mop Sauce)
Yield: 1 rack baby back ribs

Louisiana Cajun-Style Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (Dry Rub & Easy Mop Sauce)


  • 1 rack pork baby back ribs, sinew (silver skin) on back removed

For Dry Rub:

  • 1 Tbl. paprika
  • 1/2 Tbl. salt
  • 1/2 Tbl. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp. dried leaf oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. creole or cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar

Easy Mop Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Sue Bee Honey's Louisiana-Style Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. molasses
  • 1/4 tsp. creole or cajun seasoning
  • scant 1/8 tsp. garlic salt (or you can add garlic powder and salt to taste)
  • 1/16 tsp. onion powder


  • Remove sinew (silver skin) from back of ribs. Place rack of ribs, meaty side up onto a large sheet of heavy duty foil.
  • In small bowl, mix very well the dry rub ingredients. Pat on a little over half onto the top side of the ribs. Turn ribs over, and pat on rest of rub. Bring up sides of foil and roll down. Roll up each end. *BE CAREFUL not to tear or make holes in foil. Place onto a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake now, or let let marinate for several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 300º F.
  • Pop ribs into oven and bake for 2 1/2 hours. Remove from oven.
  • Turn oven up to 350º F.
  • Carefully open foil, and move ribs to a new foil-lined baking sheet bones side-up.
  • In small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients well. Coat bone side with a little less than half of the sauce.
  • When oven has reached 350º, pop into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, turn ribs over, coat with rest of sauce.
  • Pop back into oven and bake another 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Cut into serving-sized pieces.




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    Tuesday 24th of September 2019

    Sounds Delicious! Can't wait to try this recipe!


    Wednesday 31st of July 2019

    Hi, Can you grill these instead of finishing them in the oven? I.e., put the grill at 350? I’m excited to eat them. :)

    Thanks, Jennifer

    Harry Peters

    Thursday 26th of March 2020

    Why wouldn't you be able to put these on the grill?


    Wednesday 31st of July 2019

    You can certainly finish them on the grill! :) It will only take a few minutes on each side, and just heat your grill to medium.

    Cyndee Borel

    Sunday 2nd of September 2018

    Hi! I was wondering if you ever grilled those ribs this summer? I am definitely using your dry rub recipe, but my husband is grilling tomorrow. Any suggestions regarding the grill? Thanks, Cyndee


    Monday 3rd of September 2018

    No, I still have a rack in freezer that will be experimented with soon, I hope! Not only have we had unbearable weather, but we're trying to sell our house and move. So, needless to say, it's been one crazy summer!! Just remember to always cook them SLOWLY at a LOW temperature, and you'll be fine!

    Kenny Murcia

    Wednesday 9th of May 2018

    Thanks Really nice recipe i found everything i needed in my spice cabinet luckily im always buying spices I made my own basic bbq sauce Tomatoe sauce ,chili flakes ,Worcestershire sauce ketchup ,a bit of vinegar any kind and brooooooown sugar


    Friday 7th of July 2017

    Have you tried smoking them


    Saturday 8th of July 2017

    Not yet, Jay, but it's on my summer to-do list! :)

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