These have been dubbed the “best ribs ever” by almost everyone who has tried them.

Making baked ribs in the oven ensures they are fall-off-the-bone tender and literally, perfect every single time. 

Below is my mom’s step-by-step method that our family has used for years.

sliced Oven Baked Ribs

These are the best oven ribs because…

  • They come out super tender every time (check out the reviews!).
  • They are actually easy to make – the prep takes less than 10 minutes.
  • The rub is made from scratch, it’s packed with flavor and not just salt.
  • Slow-roasting ribs in the oven (instead of boiling) ensures they have lots of flavor.
  • No smoker or grill is required; since they’re made in the oven, they’re perfect all year.
ingredients for oven baked ribs

Ingredients for Oven Ribs

Ribs: I always use Baby Back (or Pork Back Ribs) because they’re the most tender. They do cost a bit more but, in my opinion, it is worth the extra money if it is in your budget. You can use side ribs in this recipe, but you may need to add a little more cooking time.

Onion & Garlic: Onion and garlic are added to flavor the meat during roasting.

Seasonings: I use a homemade dry rub as I like to control the amount of salt in these ribs. You can change it up with other spices (try cumin, cayenne pepper, or dry mustard). Swap the homemade seasoning for salt & pepper or a prepared rub (this is our favorite pre-made rub).

Barbecue Sauce (or not!): Use your favorite bottled barbecue sauce, make your own, or opt out completely! My husband loves salt and pepper ribs, while I love barbecue sauce mixed with chili sauce for zesty and delicious sticky ribs.

Preparing ribs for the oven

How to Remove the Membrane from Ribs

The membrane does not have to be removed from the ribs, but I prefer the texture. On the back of a rack of ribs, there is a very thin layer of the membrane (photo above). If you don’t see it, it is sometimes it has already been removed at the store.

To remove the membrane, slip a knife under the edge of the thin skin on the back of the ribs on one end. Grip the edge of the membrane (use a paper towel if it’s slippery) and gently pull it away from the meat. Discard the membrane.

Barbecue Ribs before being cooked in the oven

How to Make Ribs in the Oven

  1. Prep Ribs: Remove the membrane if present and season the ribs (recipe below).
  2. Bake: Place the ribs, meat side down, on a baking sheet, smother with onion and garlic, and seal with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake (optional): Bake the ribs until tender and then grill or broil to brown a little bit if you’d like.

Our favorite side dishes with ribs are corn on the cob and of course classic coleslaw and beans!

Holly’s Top Tips

  • Use baby backs and ensure the pan is well sealed so the ribs steam with the onions. This will make them tender and add flavor.
  • Cook them low and slow in the oven until they become really tender.
  • These can be made with any sauce (my fave is below) or even just salt & pepper.
  • Once the meat is tender, broil or grill to get a little bit char.
adding sauce to ribs to make Oven Baked Ribs

How To Check if Ribs Are Done

Oven baked ribs will need at least 2 hours. After 2 hours, check the ribs by opening a corner of the foil (be careful; steam will escape) and pulling off a little bit of meat.

If the meat is not tender, it needs MORE time. Seal them back up, bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, and check again.

If the ribs are tender, they are ready to enjoy. You can either serve them immediately or turn the oven off and let them sit for up to 1 hour – don’t open the oven.

cut Oven Baked Ribs on a sheet pan with sauce

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat them in the oven, microwave, or air fryer.

What to Serve with Ribs

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Tender Oven-Baked Barbecue Ribs

Ribs in the oven are easy to make and come out perfectly tender every single time. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
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Ingredients  

Ribs

  • 3 pounds baby back ribs 2 slabs
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced

Spice Rub (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste

BBQ Sauce

  • ½ cup BBQ Sauce
  • ½ cup chili sauce or additional BBQ sauce *see note
  • ¼ cup ketchup

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 275°F. In a small bowl, combine the spice mix and set aside. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • If present, remove the white membrane from the back side of the ribs (see notes). Pat the ribs dry and check for little bone shards or pieces. Cut into 4 to 6 rib pieces.
  • Gently massage the seasoning mix (or salt and pepper) into both sides of the ribs.
  • Place the ribs on the prepared baking pan, meaty side down. Cover the ribs with onion and garlic. 
  • Cover & seal with another piece of foil.
  • Bake the ribs for 2 hours. Carefully open the corner of the sealed foil and pull a small piece of meat off to ensure the ribs are tender. If they are not tender, bake for another 20-30 minutes and check again.
  • Meanwhile, combine BBQ Rib Sauce ingredients together.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven and discard the juices, onions, and garlic. Brush ribs with olive oil and brush generously with BBQ sauce.
  • Grill or broil over medium high heat 5-10 minutes or until charred.

Notes

  • Rub: A homemade rub can be substituted for a purchased rub, or salt and pepper can be used instead of a rub.
  • Sauce: Chili sauce is not spicy it tastes like zesty ketchup and is found with ketchup in the store. If you’d prefer, use all bbq sauce in this recipe.
  • Membrane: Some racks of ribs come with the membrane removed. It is on the side of the ribs with less meat. To remove the membrane, slip a knife under the edge of the thin skin on the back of the ribs. Grip the edge of the membrane (use a paper towel if it’s slippery) and gently pull it away from the meat. Discard the membrane. 
  • Cutting the ribs into pieces (about 4-6 ribs) makes them easier to grill and serve.
Variations on Cook times/temps:
  • 275°F – 2 hours to 2 ½ hours *preferred method
  • 300°F – 1 ½ hours to 2 hours
  • 350°F – 1 ¼ hours to 1 ½ hoursAfter cooking, if the ribs are not tender, they need MORE time. Seal them up and cook an additional 20-30 minutes if needed.
If they are ready early, turn the oven off and let them sit for up to 1 hour in the warm oven.
Nutritional information does not include sauce and is based on 3lbs baby back ribs.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 447 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 763mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Entree, Main Course, Pork
Cuisine American

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  1. Hey Holly. I originally printed your recipe back in 2019 and just noticed that you updated the directions quite a bit from the recipe I’ve been using for the past 5 years. When did that happen and what was the reasoning behind the modifications (cooking time, meat side down, cut into4-6 rip pieces)? Did you receive lots of comments and feedback which prompted the updated directions?

    I’m extremely happy with the original recipe, but if the updated version is more highly recommended, then I’ll be happy to change with the times!!5 stars

    1. Hi Randy, I’m so glad you love these as much as we do! I’m making these again for my son’s birthday in about 10 days!

      The method itself hasn’t changed with the exception of cutting the ribs, I just found them easier to transfer to the grill and serve if I cut them before cooking – feel free to skip this step. :)

      I have always cooked them meat side down however it wasn’t specified originally and some readers have asked. The cooking time remains the same as the 2019 version, 2 hours plus an additional 20 min or so if needed. Hope that helps! Happy cooking, Holly

  2. Great flavor. Easy to make and super, fall-off-the-bone tender!
    This recipe is easy to modify for personal taste.
    Will save this for use again and again.5 stars

  3. So easy, and they fell right off the bone like she said! This was the first time we’ve cooked them in the oven and it definitely did not disappoint! Easy clean up too. This is definitely a keeper!5 stars

  4. I’m trying the baked ribs for the first time today, Memorial Day. I’ll come back to rate the ribs later.

  5. I made these today, and they’re amazing!! Very flavorful, tender and perfect. I will definitely make them again. Thank you for sharing this recipe. ☺️5 stars

  6. these are easy to make my husband loves them they were delicious we’ll definitely be making them again5 stars

  7. They were easy to make my husband loved them the house smelled great I will definitely be making them again delicious5 stars

  8. My husband loved these ribs!!! They came out perfect!! We loved them and will definitely make them again5 stars

  9. If you haven’t tried these before and you love ribs, you need to make them. I did add a couple more spices, I added 1tsp cumin and used smoked paprika plus a few chili flakes.5 stars

  10. I have really never been successful at cooking ribs. This recipe made me look like a Rockstar. They were very tender and most delicious. Just went by directions and added onion wedges under the ribs with pats of butter. This is a new BBQ recipe I will redo again. So glad I tried it.5 stars

    1. Yay for Rockstar status :) – so glad you loved them, this is one of our all time favorites too!

  11. The dryest rib meat I’ve ever had. Taste was good though. Dont know what I did wrong. I followed the instructions to a T.

    1. You may be looking at the overview and not the actual recipe. The temperature is listed in step 1 of the recipe.

      1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Mix together Rib Rub ingredients if using.

      1. Hi Marshall, you can reheat ribs in the oven, microwave, or air fryer until heated through!

  12. the oven temperature is not in this recipe. The range of 250 to 350 is a bit of a selection. Please tell the author the low and slow is cute for a slogan, but is not a temperature or a cooking time.

    1. Hi Ramon, the first instruction is “Preheat the oven to 275°F.” Instruction 6 indicates a bake time of 2 hours. Hope that helps. Enjoy the ribs!

  13. Made this recipe about ten times.
    I think the biggest factor is ACTUAL oven temp. The first three times I tried this they were dry.
    Mucked around with it a bit and reduced my stage one baking times.
    All that to say, it’s not the recipe, it’s our oven ;)5 stars

  14. Made this tonight for dinner and it got rave reviews! I subbed in Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet and Spicy sauce. This recipe definitely gets saved!5 stars

  15. okay I read your recipe how come you couldn’t take a minute to tell me what temperature to set the oven for?

  16. I tried dozens of rib recipes, Smoker, On the grill, Oven, This by fare is keeper recipe, Yummy! tender ribs full of flavor, This recipe will stand up to many famous rib restaurants, I have tried many in my lifetime. Five stars *****5 stars

  17. My go to recipe from now on for ribs! My family loved them, they were so tender and flavorful. I finished them under the broiler due to rain, looking forward to grilling next time. Thanks for another great recipe!5 stars