Basic Baby Back Ribs


Serves 2 (multiplies easily, but keep to one half-rack per pouch)



  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • Dry Rub for Ribs* (recipe follows)


  1. Preheat the SousVide Supreme to 146F/64C.
  2. Put a half rack of baby back ribs into a large (gallon/3.8 liter) zip-closure cooking pouch, with valve or without. (Do as many as 4 half racks at a time in the SousVide Supreme 11-liter.)
  3. Liberally sprinkle the dry rub over both sides of the ribs.
  4. Add a few dashes of Liquid Smoke (or other hickory smoke flavoring) to the pouch.
  5. Vacuum seal the pouch(es) and submerge them in the water oven to cook for 24 hours.
  6. Remove ribs from the pouch(es), brush with your favorite barbecue sauce, and sear the surface on the grill, under the broiler, or with a cooking torch to impart savory caramelization.
  7. Serve with your favorite sides and extra sauce.

Dry Rub for Ribs
Makes about ½ cup (240 ml) of rub


  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) paprika, hot or mild
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) brown sugar (or sweetener you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoon (10 ml) dried mustard
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) coarse black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) hickory smoke powder (available online)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.6 ml) cayenne pepper, or to taste


1. Mix all ingredients together in a zip-closure storage bag to blend well.
2. Use what you need and store the remainder in the zip-closure bag in a cool dry place.

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  1. Bob Champion says:

    Is the rub an alternative to pouring in BBQ sauce? Or, do you do both?

  2. SousVide Supreme Author says:

    Mr. Champion ~ Our apologies and thanks for bringing the error to our attention. What got put up was a conflation of two recipes: one for wet rub and one for dry rub preparation. The correct Dry Rubbed Baby Back Ribs is up there now:

  3. SousVide Supreme Author says:

    Sorry for the error; it was the conflation of two recipes and somehow overwrote the correct version. We have corrected the recipe for dry rub version of Basic Baby Back Ribs and we totally thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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