Oven Baked Ribs

BBQ Ribs

Oven Baked Ribs

Use your oven to make perfect pork ribs every time! This oven baked ribs recipe means no grill or smoker necessary to make melt in your mouth BBQ ribs. Especially using my favorite sweet and savory dry rub on these ribs.

oven baked ribs
Oven Baked Ribs

We have a grill and a smoker, and I know how to use both…but sometimes I just don’t feel like soaking wood chips and going in and out of the house all day to tend to some BBQ ribs.  I love this recipe for Easy Oven Baked Ribs for that very reason!


When I make ribs, it’s always pork ribs.  There are different types of pork ribs such as baby back ribs, spareribs, and St. Louis style ribs.  This recipe will work for every type of pork ribs…the cook time will just be longer for larger racks of ribs.


Before you get started with baking the ribs, you need to remove the silver skin from the back of the rack. The silver skin is a tough layer of skin on the bony side of the rack.

After removing that tough skin, pat the ribs dry and then apply the dry rub on all sides of the ribs.  I used my own sweet and savory dry rub which I think is pretty darn good.  It uses common kitchen ingredients.

I add olive oil all around the ribs before adding the rub or you can use water. It helps to keep the rub on better. Make sure you pat the rub into the meat so it forms a nice crust.

To bake these ribs, were going to place them on a rack, and were going to bake them for about 2 hours. Halfway through the baking we are going to wrap them with foil so they don’t dry out.

This was a smaller rack of ribs and 2 hours was the perfect time.  For larger racks, you would need to let them go for 3 hours.

How to bake the ribs
How to bake the ribs


I like to poke a knife or a toothpick in the thickest part of the ribs.  If it slides in with no resistance, the ribs are done.

Now its time to sauce them up!  I remove the foil, layer on the BBQ sauce, and put them under the broiler until the sauce starts to bubble.  About 5 minutes.

Then I add another layer of sauce and cut the ribs.  The easiest way to know where to cut the ribs is to have the bony side up.  Then you can see where all of the bones are and I just cut between each one

The BBQ sauce I use is Sweet Baby Ray No Sugar BBQ Sauce. There are various ones but I choose original for this recipe. There are others like G Hughs Smokehouse BBQ Sauces and Primal Kitchen Organic and Unsweetened Classic BBQ Sauce.

Sweet Baby Ray BBQ Sauce
Sweet Baby Rays No Sugar Original BBQ Sauce

Recipe Tips

  • The baked ribs should be literally fall off the bone tender, if your ribs aren’t doing this, that means they need to cook LONGER. Baby back ribs aren’t properly cooked until the tough collagen breaks down. 
  • Be sure to tightly cover the baking pan with foil, if the foil isn’t on there tight enough the ribs won’t properly steam. They’ll still taste great but they won’t be as tender as they should’ve been.
  • Cook the ribs with the meat side up, and flipping during cooking is NOT necessary.
  • The baby ribs can be served just with dry rub, many people prefer them this way! Adding barbeque sauce is totally optional.
  • Brush BBQ sauce on the meat then grill or broil to get that “just grilled” appearance.
  • Pork spare ribs can be substituted for baby back, they’ll take longer to cook since they weigh more.
  • Just have a 9×13 pan? Cut the rib rack in half before seasoning and baking the BBQ ribs.

Low Carb Sides with Ribs

Classic Sides with Ribs

  • Coleslaw
  • Caesar salad
  • Corn on the cob
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Baked beans 
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Collard Greens

Oven Baked Ribs

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Moderate


generous servings
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Use your oven to make perfect pork ribs every time! This oven baked ribs recipe means no grill or smoker necessary to make melt in your mouth BBQ ribs. Especially using my favorite sweet and savory dry rub on these ribs.


  • 1-2 Racks Pork Ribs

  • Sweet and Savory Rib Rub

  • No Sugar BBQ Sauce


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Remove the ribs from the packaging and carefully remove the silver skin.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a rack, and you can line the baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Place the ribs on the rack and coat the ribs with the rub on all sides. Be sure to pat the run in to form a crust.
  • Cook the ribs in the oven for 2-3 hours. For small racks, like baby backs, 2 hours should be sufficient. Halfway through cooking, carefully wrap the rack with foil.
  • When the ribs are finished cooking, a knife or a toothpick should pierce the thickest part of the ribs with ease. Remove the foil.
  • Set the oven broiler to HI. Coat all sides of the ribs with BBQ sauce and place back in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the sauce starts to bubble.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes and serve with extra sauce on the side.

Nutrition Information

Yield 4 Generous Serving |Calories 250 |Total Fat 17g |Saturated Fat 6g |Trans Fat 0g |Unsaturated Fat10g |Cholesterol 66mg |Sodium 199mg |Carbohydrates 2g |Net Carbohydrates1g |Fiber 0g |Sugar 4g |Protein 18g

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