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Succulent Baby Back Ribs on the Open Fire


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Aluminum foil


  1. Prepare the Ribs:
    • If you have access to a kitchen before your camping trip, it’s best to prepare the ribs in advance. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for better tenderness and flavor. Simply slide a knife under the membrane and peel it off.
    • In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper to create a dry rub for the ribs.
    • Rub the dry rub mixture evenly over both sides of the ribs. Wrap the ribs tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to marinate.
  2. Prepare the Campfire:
    • Build a campfire and let it burn down to create a bed of hot coals. You’ll be cooking the ribs over the coals, so you don’t want a roaring flame.
  3. Wrap the Ribs:
    • Lay out two long pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil, each large enough to wrap one rack of ribs.
    • Place one rack of ribs on each piece of foil.
    • Drizzle barbecue sauce evenly over each rack of ribs.
    • Wrap the ribs tightly in the foil, creating a packet that seals completely.
  4. Cook the Ribs:
    • Place the foil-wrapped ribs on the hot coals of the campfire. Ensure they are positioned on the coals, not in direct contact with open flames.
    • Cook the ribs for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning the packets occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  5. Check for Doneness:
    • After about 45 minutes, carefully open one of the foil packets and check the ribs for doneness. They should be tender and easily pull apart.
    • If they’re not done to your liking, reseal the foil packet and continue cooking for another 15-30 minutes, checking periodically.
    • You can easily check your meat for doneness with a good meat thermometer.
  6. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Once the ribs are tender and cooked to perfection, remove them from the campfire.
    • Carefully open the foil packets (they will be hot) and transfer the ribs to a serving platter.
    • Serve your campfire ribs with extra barbecue sauce on the side for dipping, and enjoy your delicious outdoor meal!

This campfire ribs recipe is sure to be a hit during your camping trip. The slow cooking method over hot coals infuses the ribs with a smoky flavor, making them incredibly tasty and tender.