BBQ Ribs Recipe - Ribs in the Oven

BBQ ribs recipe - baked ribs

If you think a BBQ ribs recipe can only be tasty if it’s cooked on the grill or smoker, think again. Ribs in the oven can be delicious, and they’re a heck of a lot easier to make than they are outdoors. Baked ribs might include any type of oven baked pork ribs, including baby back ribs, country ribs, or spare ribs. For this specific recipe, I used spare ribs. In fact, I used spare ribs that I purchased from a humane kill slaughterhouse. The oven baked ribs were super tender and moist, yet I didn’t cook them to the falling-apart point. I like a little “chew” to my baked BBQ ribs. When you bake ribs instead of grilling them, the moisture level remains high. If, like me, you like a ribs recipe that includes some crunch on the exterior, don’t worry. I’m going to tell you how to bake ribs in the oven that will be tender and tasty, with some crunch and chew. For this baked BBQ ribs recipe, I used a sugar-free citrus barbecue sauce, but any type of sauce will work. Also, once the baked spare ribs were just about cooked through, I cut them into sections of about two or three ribs each. I’ve explained to you before how I am about surface area – more surface area means more sauce! I love lots of barbecue sauce on my oven baked spare ribs, just as I do on many other foods.

I like my baked ribs with a little black crust.
I like my baked ribs with a little black crust.

Holle’s oven baked ribs

What you’ll need:

1 slab spare ribs

¼ cup brown sugar or brown sugar substitute

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons cayenne

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke

BBQ sauce

Directions: Remove silver skin from back of ribs. Rinse ribs and pat dry. In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add cider vinegar and Liquid Smoke to form a wet BBQ rub. Rub ribs all over with mixture and wrap tightly in at least two layers of foil. Place wrapped spare ribs on a cookie sheet or shallow baking pan and leave in the fridge overnight.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place ribs in oven, just as they are – in the foil and on the baking sheet. Bake ribs for two hours. Once you take the ribs out of the oven, increase the heat to 400 degrees. Remove from foil and cut ribs into sections. Brush each section generously with BBQ sauce.

Line the baking pan with foil and place ribs on pan. Bake ribs at 400 degrees for about one hour. If you want crispier ribs, turn on oven broiler for a few minutes. I actually like just a little burn on my baked ribs.

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Great recipe, Habee - and as usual, you describe it so my mouth waters in anticipation even if I'm not getting ready to cook. I'm a huge fan of "oven ribs" 'cause you can go back to the computer while they cook -- writer's delight! I've saved this recipe and am sure going to give it a whirl. Voted Up -- Bestest, Sis

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Looks rather yummy. I'll pass this on to the cook in the family. Voting this Up and Useful.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

The picture alone makes my mouth water. I love ribs and the tangy taste you get when you bite into them. Your recipe is simple and I think I could follow it with little effort. I haven't tried wrapping them in foil so this trick is on my next rib recipe experience. Great idea for Super Bowl day coming up shortlly.

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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

My parents bake their ribs all of the time and they are delicious; although, their ribs are usually the fall-off-the-bone type. I'll have to tell them how to make them a bit crunchy! Thanks, Habee! ;)

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I jumped over several hubs to get here. I have one thing to say. I LOVE YOU HOLLE!

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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Oh, this looks delicious. I love the fact that they're cooked in the oven, because our freezing weather means that the grill can't come out this week. Making ribs in the oven is a wonderful thing for us northerly folk!

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I make my ribs in the oven and they literally fall off the bone. Your recipe sounds delicious.

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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This sounds delicious! I'd love to try ribs in the oven sometime.

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one2get2no 4 years ago from Olney

Superb recipe Habee. I shall definitely give this a try. Thank you.

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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


Yum! Oh, so much neater than the messy grill.

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anglnwu 4 years ago

Thanks for the recipe--looks yummy and easy.

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

So true, Sis. Maybe I should call my baked ribs "Hubber ribs." lol

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Many thanks, alocsin!

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Teaches, baked ribs for the Super Bowl is a great idea! In fact, you could slice the BBQ ribs into individual bones and serve them as finger food.

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Robin, some people prefer the fall-off-the-bone baked ribs, but as I said in the hub, I prefer BBQ ribs that are a little crunchy on the outside. Thanks for reading!

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Cardisa, I love you, too! Glad you liked my BBQ ribs recipe for ribs in the oven.

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Leah, I can't use the cold weather excuse because we've barely had any winter at all. Still, I like ribs in the oven when I can't get the old man to fire up the grill or smoker. lol

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Great minds, Bpop. Great minds. lol

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

random, you gotta try baked ribs, girlfriend!

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, one2get! I appreciate your stopping by for a read.

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Goldie, ribs in the oven are MUCH less messy than BBQ ribs on the grill! Thanks for reading!

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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Anglnwu, you are quite welcome! Good to see you!

DaMd 3 years ago

well a lot has happened in the last copule of weeks. I have learned many lessons about myself and others. At present, I'm relaxing on Anzac day and enjoying not having any plans! Watched a movie last night called Twilight and loved it. Beautiful weather today. may go down to the park and enjoy the sunshine!.Although sleeping for a few extra hours sounds very enticing.. love to all

Inez 3 years ago

to marrinate, cover, and bake for 3 hours. I use a hihger 250 degree oven, but the results are the same. After baking let them cool off (so they don't fall apart when you put them on the grill) and grill and slather with more sauce.Every time I make these for guests they are blown away.The method I use for quickly getting very tender beef ribs is to steam them. That way, they don't sit in water and have their flavors disolved out, and they are ready for grilling on the BBQ after about 1 hour. You can poke them with a fork to see when they are soft and then transfer to a grill.good luck and i hope this answers your questions.

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habee 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Inez, like you, I much prefer steaming the ribs to boiling them. Thanks for reading!

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