You can feed the masses for a reasonable price. If you go to Costco, you can pick up 3 racks for around $30. This can feed 6-8 as a meal, or if it's part of a gameday buffet, you can cut them up in 2 rib groups and spread the meaty love around.
Baby Back Ribs
1 Costco vacuum pack (three full racks) of baby back ribs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 cup apple juice or apple cider (alcoholic is OK)
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon hot wing sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
2 minced garlic cloves
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce or make a batch of ours
The night before, combine all of the rub ingredients in a small bowl. Open the pack of ribs and rinse them off. Apply the rub to both sides of each rack. Lay out a long piece of tin foil at least six inches longer than the rack of ribs. Fold up the sides, then fold up the ends. Place another smaller piece of foil on top to seal the foil cocoon. Repeat the process for each of the racks, then let them sit in the fridge overnight.
When you're ready to start cooking, Add all of the braising liquid ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, take it off of the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.
Place the racks onto cookie sheets and unfold the end of each of the packages. Pour 1/3 of each of the braising liquid into the foil packets and then seal tightly. Place the racks in the oven, set it to 250 degrees and let them cook for four hours.
When the four hours are done, remove the racks from the oven and fire up the barbecue, open the packs and then brush them with your barbecue sauce. Place them on the barbecue for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes on each side, Pull them off the grill, cut them up into 3-4 rib sections and then serve to the masses.