Perfect Ribs in the Oven (so tender and flavorful!)

Learn how to make ribs in the oven! First, dry rub your baby back ribs, bake them to perfection, and finally slather them with a delicious BBQ sauce.

This oven baked ribs recipe is seriously the best on the internet. Your ribs will turn out so tender and the flavors are unreal all thanks to a dry rub and bbq sauce.

Ribs in a pan.

There is seriously nothing better than saucy, perfectly cooked ribs with a big fluffy baked potato on the side. Today we are sharing one of our favorite oven baked ribs recipes. They’re slow-cooked in the oven and come out so yummy.

The Tastiest Oven Baked Ribs

There are so many different ways to prepare baby back ribs. Ribs on the grill in the summer, sous vide ribs when you’re feeling fancy, and ribs in the oven for a classic, yet foolproof variation.

These perfectly cooked pork ribs come out so flavorful all thanks to a rib dry rub and homemade bbq sauce recipe.

In this post, we’ll teach you how to make the most perfect oven baked ribs every time with just a few simple steps. You’ll be wowing your guests with the texture and flavor of these incredible pork ribs!

Why We Love these baked Ribs

  • So flavorful: The flavor is pretty unbelievable because there is a tasty dry rub AND homemade BBQ sauce.
  • Amazing texture: These ribs in the oven leave you with tender ribs that are juicy, but not quite fall all the bone. And the skin on the outside is so crispy and delicious.
  • Versatile: You can serve these ribs for a weeknight dinner or at a dinner party!

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A slab of ribs on a baking sheet.

What You Need for Baked Ribs

  • Baby back ribs (~3 lbs.) – you can find a rack of ribs pretty much anywhere these days, just make sure you buy pork ribs.
  • Spices- garlic powder, brown sugar, dried thyme, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, salt
  • Olive oil
  • Homemade bbq sauce: the homemade bbq sauce for these baked ribs is delicious. You’ll need: tomato sauce, white onion, garlic, Worcestershire, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, butter, and apple cider vinegar.

Missing some of these spices? Other spices that would be delicious are cumin, dried mustard, or even cayenne pepper! You can even try using our homemade pork rub.

Removing the membrane from the ribs.

Ribs in the Oven 101

What kind of ribs should I use for oven baked ribs?

We suggest using baby back pork ribs for this recipe. We do not suggest using spare ribs for this recipe.

What is the best temperature to cook pork ribs in the oven?

We cook the baby back ribs at two different temperatures in this recipe. We suggest baking the ribs at a low temperature (300ºF) and then at a high temperature for the last 15 minutes (400ºF) to caramelize the ribs!

How do I get my ribs to caramelize?

Making sure you have a little sugar (we used brown sugar and molasses) that you brush over the ribs is important because when you turn the temperature up in the oven it will caramelize that sugar!

How do I know when ribs are done?

These ribs in the oven are done when they reach an internal temperature of 195ºF but you can also tell when ribs are done because they will start to expose the bone or if they start to fall off the bone.

#1 Tip when cooking ribs in the oven

Trust us when we suggest cooking these ribs low and slow. It’s similar to our slow-roasted pork shoulder or smoked pork shoulder in that they come out similar to smoked meat – tender, but with a bite.

Then, in the end, up the temp to caramelize that delicious bbq sauce!

Ribs with dry rub on them.

At a Glance: How to Cook Ribs in the Oven

  1. Remove the membrane. Start by removing the membrane from the ribs and discard.
  2. Salt Salt Salt. Massage kosher salt into toe ribs and set aside. This will start to draw the juices out of the ribs and begin to tenderize the ribs.
  3. Add the Dry Rub. We use a combination of delicious spices. Mix the spices together and then shake them over the ribs. Massage the spices into the ribs and the wrap the ribs in plastic wraps. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Bake. Place the ribs on a greased baking sheet and cover with tin foil. Bake at 300ºF for 2.5 hours.
  5. Make barbecue sauce. When the ribs are almost done prepare the bbq sauce by adding all the ingredients for the sauce to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Broil. Remove the aluminum foil from the ribs and turn the heat up to 400ºF. Slather the ribs in bbq sauce and then place them in the oven to caramelize for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy. When the ribs are caramelized remove them from the oven and let them rest for 10 minutes.

How To Remove The Membrane from pork ribs

The membrane of the ribs holds the ribs together and if you’re looking for tender ribs that are easy to eat, we suggest removing the membrane.

To remove the membrane you slide a knife under the membrane on the backside of a rack of ribs and then pull the membrane off with your fingers.

A rack of ribs drizzled in oil.

Grilling Directions

Looking to fire these babies up on the grill? Here’s a quick rundown on what to do after you’ve dry-rubbed them!

  1. Grill the ribs at 300ºF for about 1 hour.
  2. Up the heat to 400ºF and then slather on the bbq sauce. Allow the ribs to grill and caramelize for an additional 30 minutes.

For a more in-depth tutorial on how to grill pork ribs, check out our post.

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Brushing bbq sauce on ribs.

What to Serve with Our Perfect Oven Ribs

Ribs in the oven go with so many delicious side dishes. Choose from one of the side dishes below and you won’t be disappointed.

Couscous Salad- This Mediterranean couscous salad is the perfect addition to any summer meal. Serve this veggie-packed salad as a delicious side dish or a colorful main dish. Enjoy

Grilled Corn in Foil- Grilled corn on the cob is a summer staple! Get perfectly cooked corn every time with this easy Grilled Corn in Foil recipe. Enjoy!

Smoked Baked Potatoes- Smoked baked potatoes are such an easy way to complete any meal. They come out perfectly slow-cooked and are so easy to make!

Grilled Cauliflower- This grilled cauliflower is steamed for 10 minutes and then perfectly grilled for an amazing side for any meal!

Street Corn Salad- Our Mexican Street Corn Salad is made with grilled corn, tomato, onion, and the most delicious cotija yogurt sauce with lime juice.

Storage Suggestions

Store leftover ribs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days. Option to also wrap them in a piece of tin foil.

Finished baked ribs in a baking pan.

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

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