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BBQ Style Baby Back Pork Ribs with Tomato Ketchup

Prep undefinedCooking 2 hours2-4 people

Whilst the long marinating and cooking time for these pork ribs is unavoidable, the preparation is minimal as it makes the most of all the ingredients in our Tomato Ketchup, including Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and spices, to season and tenderise the meat. The recipe is simple but can be used as a canvas to add other flavours to, such as chilli, soy, mustard or ginger. You can also use this recipe for a barbeque, finishing off the ribs on the grill rather than the oven.


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150g Tomato and Balsamic Ketchup, plus a little more for glazing

½tsp salt

20g Date Molasses (or honey)

¼tsp ground black pepper

¼tsp dried rosemary

¼tsp dried thyme (fresh is fine to use too)

½ lemon, juiced

2 racks of baby back pork ribs (approx. 650g each)


  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the marinade together and stir to completely combine.
  2. Lay a piece of foil down on the worktop and lay one rack down. Smear the marinade all over both sides of one rack, place on the foil with the outwardly curved side on the bottom, then repeat with the second rack. Tightly wrap the ribs up with another piece of foil so the marinade remains in contact with the ribs as much as possible. Place in the fridge and leave for a minimum of 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. When ready to cook, heat an oven to 170C/Fan 150C/Gas Mark 3. Make sure the ribs are still tightly wrapped then place a wire rack on top of a baking tray and set the ribs on top of this. Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour 45 minutes. After this time, remove from the oven and carefully remove the foil to see if the meat is tender, while the ribs are still over the tray as you want to catch any juices. The meat should be soft and the bones able to be pulled apart. If not, wrap up and return to the oven to cook for a further 15 minutes then check again.
  4. Set the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas Mark 6. While the oven is heating up, collect all the juices in a small bowl and add another couple of spoons of Ketchup. Mix, then separate the racks of ribs and brush the glaze all over. Return to the oven and cook for a further 15 minutes on the rack and tray to achieve a sticky and slightly crispy finish. Serve as it is or allow to cool for a minute then cut into individual ribs.

Included in this Recipe

Date Molasses

Date Molasses

Smooth, 100% Medjool date molasses

Tomato and Balsamic Ketchup

Tomato and Balsamic Ketchup

Our new rich and thick tomato and balsamic ketchup is a perfect accompaniment, and gives an umami depth of flavour to any recipe.