Diane’s Baby Back Ribs



Don’t these look magazine worthy?  They are definitely BELLY worthy, I’ll tell you that.

I have a special guest chef today, and you are going to LOVE her.  She is my oldest sister, and her name is Diane, or you can call her Dido (pronounced Di Doo).  She also happens to be a REDHEAD!  Dido came all the way from Buffalo, NY to visit us in Michigan for Memorial Day weekend.

A couple weeks ago I had asked if she wanted to make one of her favorite dishes because she loves to cook, and she also happens to be  one of my biggest fans.  I told her we could have a photo shoot and really have some fun with it.

Well, she took fun to whole new level.  She was so excited, and of course said, “Yes! I’ll do it.”  Then something strange happened.  She started acting like this was the Food Network or Top Chef.  She was texting me full course fancy meal ideas, and asking what to wear.  I had to slow her down a bit and have her pick just one dish 🙂  She chose ribs.  Let me tell you, these ribs are perfectly delicious.  I mean, finger lickin’, get the napkins out Mama, don’t worry about your face, or your thighs, damn good ribs.  Here we are right before we sat down to get messy with these ribs…

Dido & Julie

Before we get started on this recipe, I need to tell you a little bit about my sister.  She is a peach!  Diane is the oldest of us 4 siblings.  She was 12 when I came along as the baby of the family.  Here we are on a vacation in 1971.  This can give you an idea on how much of an age difference there really is between us…

julie on the beach 1

I tell you this not to boast about how much younger I am than her, although I do like to rub that in here and there.  I tell you this, because the gap never stopped us from being close.  She did take on the role of  a “mother hen”, but not in a fussy, interfering way.  More like in a sweet, warm, gentle way.  She has never stopped guiding me, protecting me (she will kick your butt if you mess with me), helping me, and loving me as only a big sister can.

I distinctly remember her giving me tons of kisses and hugs as a little girl.  My next memory is of her baby sitting all of us until my other older sister, Carolyn, was old enough to take over the reigns.  It was right around then that Diane got her first job and really became a hard working young woman.  Eventually, she set out on her own when I was still in high school.  Even then, she drove me to all of my social events and even reprimanded me when I got a little out of control at a high school party.  When my brother passed, and when my sister became ill, she was the one that held us all up.  Her strength and dedication to our family is unmeasurable, irreplaceable.

Now a days, she’s still a hard working, loyal, grounded, smart, self sufficient, confident, gentle, nurturing woman. She loves her partner of 18 years, Allie, and their doggies Mazie & Lukie with all of her heart.  She also loves our girls like they are her own, and spends as much quality time with them as she can.

She’s a remarkable human being.  I am very proud to be her baby sister.

So now…lets get on to these ribs before I start crying.

First, some photos, and then my sister’s recipe for you to try.  She wrote it out by hand for you!

Raw Ribs

Raw baby back ribs.

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Dido basting the ribs.

Check these babies out!

DSCN3717 Ribs finished

Honey…call Emeril. I think we have a winner.

Dido's Ribs 3

You will love these ribs not only because of the intense flavor, but because they go in the oven, which in my opinion, is a lot easier than grilling them.  I have never been much of a griller.  I rather stay in the kitchen while cooking something special.  On the other hand I am sure they would work on the grill as well if that’s what you prefer.

Here’s a happy photo of my sisters and I that I hold dear to my heart.  My brother had passed a couple years prior, but as you can see, he was still there with his sisters.  He would have loved these ribs.  He was a great cook, as well as my sister, Carolyn too.  We all love to cook.

Diane, Carolyn, Julie

Here’s a quote from my sister, “Such fun we had sharing a family visit making a rib feast for Rick’s birthday celebration. From Rick’s knife skills, to our precise measuring antics, it was a special time.  The best part was seeing everyone’s smiling rib faces when they sampled them.  Hope you give them a try!” ~ Dido

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46 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    Best ribs I ever had, thanks DiDo and Julie, love, Dad

  2. Julie, I loved this post and the photo of your family! So cute how your sister got into the spirit! Ok, these ribs look seriously awesome and if hubby was here right now he’d be jumping through the screen. Thanks to you and Diane for sharing the recipe and your family with us! Enjoy a wonderful weekend and glad that Rick had a good birthday!

  3. Juliette Mariano-Carlson says:

    Hi, Julie. Sweet post with your sister. Please tell me if you cooked pork or beef ribs. I have never cooked ribs before and I need to know whether to buy pork or beef baby back ribs. I look forward to cooking ribs using your sister’s delicious recipe. Thanks!!

  4. Ok… Is your whole family adorable… Yes, I agree they are! Those ribs are going on my short list! Yea Diane, hope to see you back sometime soon with another amazing recipe.

  5. Lynn Fern says:

    Oh geez my mouth is watering!! I am definitely going to be trying these babies out! I love ribs 🙂

  6. You have the best family and stories. I just loved learning more about your sister – so sweet!! And these ribs look ahhh-mazing.
    XOXO Claire

  7. Dido says:

    Wow !! First, let me say I was a bit nervous when Julie asked me if I wanted to participate in a post. I thought about it (for about 30 seconds) and said Whoo Hoo !! I’ll do it !! It exceeded my expectations on so many levels. Loved doing it and who knows, I may do another some day!! xo
    Hope everyone enjoys their ribs !!

  8. Redhead Lynn says:

    The ribs look delicious. Thank you Diane for the recipe & Julie for sharing it. loved the family photos.

  9. Sherry says:

    Oh Julie, I feel like I know your family! They all seem so sweet and genuine. And these ribs sound extra finger lickin’ good! Please tell Dido thanks for sharing them with the blog world. I have to tell you my story from this weekend though…I tried to cook ribs on the grill without Scott’s help (he normally does the grilling but was busy with homework) soI put them on the grill and went back inside to finish my potato salad and corn on the cob and before I knew it the whole grill was smoking and flaming!! Scott rushed out and saved enough of them from being burnt to a crisp for us to still enjoy dinner but holy smoking BBQ! I wish I would have cooked them in the oven!!! 😉

  10. Love these ribs and absolutely love the old family photos. I’m going to share this one on FB Julie 🙂

  11. linda hennessey says:

    cannot wait to try these ribs love your blog ,,, i live on prince edward island,, canada ,,, home of anne of green gables ,, thanks for sharing

  12. Chelsea says:

    Oh these look so good! The best part is I’m pretty sure we have all the ingredients right now! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Oh I love ribs, I really do and these look sooo yummy – thanks for the recipe!

  14. butterkup64 says:

    I’m a new reader. I love how personal your blog is, getting to know your family, recipes, & ideas. I found out about you from my other favorite blog, Valerie’s kitchen. You make the world feel like a smaller place! Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  15. Prissa says:

    Hi I would love to try these but with just one rack of ribs! Please help me cuz I wanna try!

  16. Todd says:

    Ok, I’m trying these today. Been soaking up the marinade all night

  17. Ivory says:

    Please give you sweet sister lots of XOXOXO from all of us for sharing this yummy looking ribs recipe. Thank you to for sharing your wonderful family with us, and all your brilliant ideas. Hope you and your family had a Happy Easter!

  18. teresa codelia says:

    Wow Julie, talk about a blast from the past, looking at your blog, to my surprise it’s a picture of not not only your family but mine too! How I miss the good old days. It would be awesome to see you again, please let me know the next time your back on Buffalo. I’d love to get together, even if it’s for an hour or two.

  19. Linda says:

    DiDO they look so yummy!!! Everyone needs a sister like you!!!!

  20. Cheryl says:

    Def trying this rib recipe…looks divine. Love your family photos! Thanks for sharing!!!

  21. Pauline says:

    Thank you for the recipe I will try it this weekend.

  22. Linda of No.Cal. says:

    Ohhhhhhhh Y.U.M. !!!– can’t wait to try the recipe !! ??

  23. ann weinstock says:

    Hi Julie,
    I always think we are sole mates! LOL I only have one sister but we are only a year a part and so very close. I was actually just up in Wisconsin this past weekend flower shopping at all the local Amish greenhouses Despite the cold weather 40’s and rain, we made it a day and had a blast! Such great deals and such nice and humble people. This is the second year in a row that we have done this and people laugh when I tell them I came all the way from Chicago to do my flower shopping.
    Thanks so much for sharing about your family:-)

  24. ColleenB. says:

    Oh My Goodness; Baby Back Rib Heaven.
    Not only do the good looks run in the family but good cooks as well from the look of things I have seen.
    Them ribs look SOOOOOOO Delicious.
    Diane; Thanks 4 sharing the recipe.
    Julie; sounds and looks like you have one Amazing family.

  25. carol says:

    Wow, sounds like you have a very special bond with your ‘big sis’; that’s a wonderful thing. I’m sure you all will have a Super Memorial Day holiday. The rib recipe is one that I will surely try. Sounds simple enough with minimal ingredients list (my kind of recipe). Thank you Diane and Julie. Have a great time.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Carol! This was actually a few years ago 🙂 I didn’t want you to picture me eating ribs, lol. I wish!! Maybe I’ll get some though! They were so good! XO

  26. Amy says:

    Haha. Too late. Already crying here. I too, like Dido, am the big sister. First it was to two brothers, which I do love dearly. But, when I was 13, it was like all my dreams had come true, and god had finally answered my prayers. I finally had my very own little baby sister!! From the moment she was born she was my very best friend in the world. Really, to this day. And that little sister is now engaged to be married. I am so proud of her. She grew up to be such an awesome and successful young woman. Thank you both for sharing ur story and this rib recipie that I will surely try soon. (I love the “in the oven” part too!) I look forward to all ur posts. Thanks girl!!

  27. Amy says:

    And I think I said this before, but I love that ur dad always comments like first! Ur biggest fan!! That is so awesome!!! He must be so proud!!

  28. Darlene says:

    I just love ribs and have been dying for them lately. Problem solved will try “big sis’ ” recipe very soon. Thank you both…aren’t sisters great!

  29. Ivory says:

    Hope your Memorial Day was a great one.
    Can’t wait until we BBQ ribs again, because we will be using your yummy looking recipe.

  30. Sherry hille says:

    I will try these and cAnt wait. But there is a sprint ad that pops up on every picture and recipie. I’ll have to come back later and try again. The option to close the ad doesn’t show either. Anyone else reported this to you?

  31. Wow! These look amazing. My son loves ribs. Just might have to make while here at the beach!

  32. My hubby loves ribs, I’ll have to give these a try and surprise him!

  33. Mary Beth says:

    These ribs look amazing, Julie! A big thanks to you and your sister for sharing such a delicious recipe.

    p.s. My sister is 12 years older than me, too, and you know we had a brother Bobby as well. <3

  34. Bette says:

    Hi My Friend:
    Sure enjoyed your story and pics about your family. Looks like you all had a lot of joy in your life.My dear only sister passed on about 13 yrs ago, we weren’t that close, but I sure do miss her.
    I usually buy the ribs already cooked in sauce, but this looks so easy, I am going to make it. I agree that baking is much better than grilling and not so messy. Thank your sis Diane for her recipe.
    Cheers, Bette

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