​​Sous Vide Baby Back Ribs with Honey-Spiced BBQ Sauce Recipe

These sous vide baby back ribs with a rich glaze of homemade honey-spiced BBQ sauce are tender, juicy, and ultra-tasty. No smoker or grill is required.

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Meat
  • Method: Sous Vide
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale
  • 2 whole racks of baby back ribs (about 3.5 pounds)
  • 3/4 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)

    For the BBQ spice rub:

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    For the honey-spiced BBQ sauce:

  • 1/2 cup water, reserved meat cooking juice, or broth
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, mix all BBQ spice rub ingredients together, and set aside. 



  • You can use other types of pork ribs for this recipe, such as spare ribs or St. Louis-style ribs.
  • The honey-spiced BBQ sauce recipe yields 2 cups. It can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to four weeks. It’s not included in the nutrition facts calculation. 
  • If you want to make only one rack of baby back ribs, save half of the spice rub in a small jar for next time.
  • This recipe is adapted from Complete Sous Vide Cookbook: 150+ Recipes for Perfect Meat, Seafood, Vegetables, and More written by yours truly.