Why are they called baby back ribs?
Baby back ribs come from the parts of the ribs that are connected to the backbone, beneath the loin muscle, and are curved where the meet the spine. They’re called “babies” because they’re shorter than spare ribs; on the longest end, they’re around 6 inches, and they taper down to about 3 inches on the shorter end.
They are great for smoking, braising, grilling, or can be cooked in the oven. The ribs also take well to spice rubs and sauces.