The Shirtless Chef’s Kitchen: Baby Back Ribs

Shirtless Chef Andre Crews heads down South to Louisiana, where he and a friend cook up some finger-sucking baby back ribs. Eat post-workout for maximum effect.

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3 Slabs Baby Back Ribs (2-3 lbs each)

32 oz of your favorite BBQ sauce (we like Sweet Baby Rays!)

Dr Chef Propietary Seasoning Blend
2 tbsp paprika

2 tbsp salt

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp garlic

1 tbsp onion

1 tbsp chile powder

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp mustard powder

1 tsp cayenne (or to taste for desired spiciness)

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 225 degress

2. Add all seasonings from proprietary blend to bowl and mix with a fork until fully integrated

3. Rub both sides of each slab of ribs GENEROUSLY with the spice blend

4. Place ribs in roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil or actual top of the pan (top works better). Place in oven for 6-8 hours

5. Using tongs, check ribs at 6 hours. If they easily pull / fall apart, remove from oven. If not, let them sit in the oven for a bit longer

6. Fire up grill to low heat

7. Pour fat from roasting pan into bowl. Add in BBQ sauce and mix.

8. Place ribs on grill and baste with BBQ sauce / fat blend for about 3-5 minutes per side until sauce is caramelized onto the ribs.

9. Remove from the grill, add extra BBQ sauce to taste, and enjoy!

Andre Crews

Andre Crews

Andre earned his BSBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and spent the first 3 years of his career as a corporate banker. He led an unhealthy lifestyle eating out and drinking nearly every night. The six pack he has today was covered in a layer of beer and bacon cheeseburgers. Eventually he had enough and left banking to pursue his passion. Andre spent his first year as a personal trainer at an LA Fitness, then spent 2 years at Equinox in Manhattan. But he didn't truly feel at home in the fitness industry until he joined the team at CrossFit Union Square. Surrounded by elite level athletes and coaches, Andre took his own fitness, nutrition, and coaching skills to a new level!Andre is a Certified Personal Trainer through AAAI-ISMA, a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a certified Coach through Precision Nutrition.

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