Barbecue Ribs in the Oven

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Ribs in the oven are easy to make and come out perfectly tender every single time.  These barbecue ribs have been dubbed the “best ribs ever” by my friends and family every time I make them.

I start by cooking seasoned baby back ribs in the oven at a low temperature and then flash grill them with either salt & pepper or my fave quick barbecue sauce below. We serve these with corn on the cob and of course Classic Coleslaw and Crock Pot Baked Beans! Once you try this method, it’ll become your go-to!

A plate of baby back ribs with baked beans and macaroni and cheese

Perfectly tender finger-lickin’ ribs are actually pretty easy to make!  You can whip up a batch of these delicious barbecue ribs, no matter the weather, because no barbecue is actually required! This recipe has been perfected over the years from my Mom (who is literally the best cook on the entire planet!).

I cook these oven ribs often because they are definitely a family favorite!  We make them two ways, I love mine all sticky with barbecue sauce… and my husband likes his with salt and pepper!  You can do both ways at the same time!

Baby Back Ribs rubbed with seasoning and ready to go in the oven.

Before grilling, we always cook our ribs slowly to make them tender… often people BOIL their ribs.  Boiling ribs will make all their succulent flavor seep out into the water making them flavorless!  Try this method below and you will NEVER go back to boiled ribs again!

How to Cook Ribs in the Oven

Baby Back (or Pork Back Ribs) are the best choice, they cook to tender perfection. Although the cost is slightly more, this is one place I feel is worth it.  In this recipe, the ribs are roasted low and slow to get the most melt in your mouth tender meat.

  1. Peel the thin silvery skin off the back before cooking
  2. Rinse your ribs in cold water and dab dry. (They often have small bone shards).
  3. Add your rib rub and massage into the meat.
  4. Place meat down and cover with garlic and onion.
  5. Seal and bake at a low temperature until tender.
  6. Grill or broil to finish.


Oven Baked Ribs on a cutting board with barbecue sauce

After roasting, if they are not tender, they need MORE time. After a couple of hours, I pull a little piece off to test.  If it’s not melt in your mouth tender, add another 20-30 minutes. If they are ready ahead of time, you can turn the oven off and let them sit for up to 1 hour if you don’t open the oven.

How Long to Cook Ribs in the Oven

My preferred method is a low temperature for a longer period of time. I  most often cook baby back ribs in the oven at 275°F for about 2-2.5 hours.

  • 275°F – 2 hours to 2 1/2 hours
  • 300°F – 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours
  • 350°F – 1 1/4 hours to 1/1/2 hours

If you’re looking to cook ribs quickly, Instant Pot Ribs are a great option.  They come out tender and delicious and cook in about 25 minutes!

Sides to serve with ribs:

Barbecue Ribs served on a plate with baked beans
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Barbecue Ribs in the Oven

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
There is a trick to making perfectly tender melt in your mouth ribs in the oven… time!


  • 3 lbs baby back ribs 2 slabs
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
Rib Rub
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
BBQ Rib Sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ Sauce

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  • Preheat oven to 275°F. Mix together Rib Rub ingredients.
  • Remove the white membrane from the back side of the ribs (the side with less meat). It should pull off easily. Rinse ribs under cold water and blot dry with paper towels
  • Massage Rib Rub into ribs. Place ribs on a foil lined tray and cover with sliced onion and garlic. Cover & seal with another piece of foil
  • Bake ribs for 2 hours. Carefully open the corner of the sealed foil and make sure they are tender. If not, bake another 20 minutes and check again.
  • Meanwhile, combine Rib BBQ Sauce ingredients together.
  • Remove ribs and discard juices, onions & garlic. Brush ribs with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper or brush generously with BBQ sauce.
  • Grill or broil over medium high heat 5-10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information does not include sauce and is based on 3lbs baby back ribs.

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
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