Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs

Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs

Dutch Oven Baby Back Ribs

These baby back ribs make for great Dutch Oven BBQ meal.  When I prepare these at a campsite, I always make a few extra, never fails, people are always willing to pay big bucks for an amazing BBQ rib.

These are so good and you will be everyone’s hero at the campsite when the smell of these ribs begin to fill the surrounding area.  Make extra and sell them.  At least see what they are willing to pay.  Always fun.

 The Sauce

Make life easier on yourself and make the sauce at home, it’s what I do all the time.  Prepare the ribs at the campsite.

Melt the butter in a pan and add onions and garlic, cook until tender.  Add wet ingredients, stir well.  Add dry ingredients, bring all to almost a boil and mix well.  Reduce the heat to low and stir occasionally, simmer about 20 minutes or until desired thickness is obtained.   Refrigerate.

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 ½ cups red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup un-sulfured molasses
  • 3 tablespoons hickory flavor liquid smoke

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper


Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs

Prepare The Meat

Cut the silver skin off from the back of the ribs. You can use a spoon to help pull it off.  Cut the rack to fit into the Dutch oven; 4-5 ribs per cut works best.

  • 3 baby back rib racks (NOTE: If you don’t have a deep 12″ Dutch oven and you are using a regular 12” Dutch oven, you may only be able to fit 2 – 2 ½ racks of ribs.)

Prepare For Cooking

In deep 12” Dutch oven, cover 3 cut racks of baby back ribs with BBQ sauce. Camp Cooking Tip: The key to these Camping Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs being super tender is keeping them submerged in the sauce throughout the cooking process. If you can’t get all of the ribs in the sauce, rotate them throughout the cooking process pulling the ribs from the bottom and placing them on top every half hour or so.



These ribs do take some time to reach perfection so plan on about 6 hours of cook time.  They are done and are eatable around 4 hours but better and more tender at around 6 hours.

Simmer in the sauce for 4-6 hours.  You can use charcoal briquettes or a campfire to cook this Camping Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs recipe; either way, you want to monitor the heat throughout the cooking process to cook them at a simmer.

Keep the ribs submerged in the sauce, it may require rotating ribs from on top to deep in the sauce throughout the entire cooking process, about every 45 minutes.

As always, we love to hear from you all after you have tried the recipe or if you just want to chat about Dutch ovens and/or BBQ.

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