Jeff's Really Tasty Ribs
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: BBQ
Serves: 4
Weight Watchers Info: 2.5 PointsPlus per rib (5 PointsPlus for 2 ribs, 10 PointsPlus for 4 ribs, 15 PointsPlus for 6 ribs)*
  • 2 Racks of Baby Back Ribs, cut in half
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil (optional)
  • Dry Rub (to taste)
  • 1½ cups Apple Juice
  • BBQ Sauce (to taste)
  • Aluminum Foil
  1. The night before cooking, remove inside membrane from ribs, cut in half, rub lightly with olive oil (optional) and dry rub to taste.
  2. Place on aluminum foil strips a few inches longer than the half racks, fold over top, and crimp side edges well, leaving room for the ribs to breathe in the pocket.
  3. Pour ⅓ cup apple juice into each packet and seal the top of the foil pocket.
  4. Cook 30-45 minutes (average) over high heat on the grill.
  5. Carefully remove ribs from foil pockets and dispose of hot liquid.
  6. Baste meaty side of ribs with BBQ sauce and cook bony side down directly on grill over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Turn ribs meaty side down and baste bony side with BBQ sauce for an additional 3-5 minutes, being careful not to char the ribs.
A half rack of baby backs is usually 6 to 7 ribs.

*The Weight Watchers BBQ Cheat Sheet shows a half rack at 46 PointsPlus, and 2 ribs (each thumb's width) at 15 PointsPlus. Yet most restaurant ribs listed in Weight Watchers show a half rack between 14 to 18 PointsPlus. To be safe, we have calculated our ribs at using the values assigned to Outback Steakhouse -- 18 PointsPlus for a full-sized (7 ribs) half rack, which comes to 2.5 PointsPlus per rib.
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