Secrets for How to Bake Ribs

Baking low and slow is the secret to these fall of the bone oven baked ribs.

Some might have the impression that ribs are one of those dishes that should be left to the “pit masters” — it’s just not true.

Baked ribs at home is seriously easy. All you need is time — 95% of the recipe time is sitting back and relaxing waiting while the ribs bake.

How to Bake Ribs

We learned how to bake ribs from Steamy Kitchen and have never looked back! So we suggest you prep the ribs, pick out a favorite movie, open a beer and relax until done. We shared this secret for how to bake ribs with Betty Crocker a while back and just had to share with you, too!

Warning:  This oven baked ribs recipe requires lots of napkins!

Secrets for How to Bake Ribs

These ribs are so easy — all you need is a little time.  We bake the ribs before adding any sauce, once baked you can brush on your favorite barbecue sauce  or make our sweet and spicy sauce.

For the most tender ribs, we like to remove the thin membrane covering the rack. It can be a bit tough when cooked and since we really love ribs that literally fall of the bone, the membrane has to go.

To remove it, use a butter knife to gently slide under the membrane then using your fingers pull the membrane away from the bones. If slippery or difficult to remove, use a kitchen towel to take hold of it and pull.

How to Bake Ribs - Fall Off the Bone Baked Ribs

Then, all you need to do is season both sides with salt and pepper and cover with aluminum foil. Slide the ribs into a 275 degree F oven for 3 1/2 to 4 hours and you’re done.

Simple, right?

Sweet and Spicy Barbeque Sauce

You could use any sauce you like, but for us, we like to cook up this quick sauce — it only takes a few minutes.

You’ll need a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent. Add the cumin for smokiness and stir; this just toasts the spice a bit to bring out flavor. Next, add the ketchup, sriracha, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar for a slight tang. Stir to combine, season with salt then cook for 2 minutes. Set aside in preparation for the ribs to finish baking.

You could always make a double batch of the sauce and serve with chicken, on a burger or as a dip for fries. In fact, we make a similar sauce to coat our Brown Sugar Barbeque Wings Recipe.

How to Bake Ribs - Fall Off the Bone Baked Ribs

Now, you just have to wait for the ribs to finish, we will admit, this is the hard part, we are not the most patient individuals, but trust us, it’s worth it!

How to Bake Ribs - Fall Off the Bone Baked RibsRemove the baked ribs from the oven, discard the aluminum foil and generously brush with sauce on both sides. Then, for an added touch, caramelize the sauce just slightly by sliding the oven baked ribs under the broiler for a few minutes.

How to Bake Ribs - Fall Off the Bone Baked Ribs

What do you think? Ready to make your own oven baked ribs?

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How to Bake Ribs in the Oven
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Low and slow cooking make these oven baked ribs fall off the bone tender. Once baked, we like to add our sweet and spicy barbecue sauce to the ribs, but you could use whatever you like.
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You Will Need
Oven Baked Ribs
  • 2 to 2 1/2 lb baby back pork ribs
  • Salt and black pepper
Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (suggestion Sriracha)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and ground pepper to season
Prepare Ribs
  1. Heat oven to 275° F (135° C).
  2. Place the ribs meat side down on a cutting board. Locate the thin membrane covering the rack. This membrane can be tough when cooked. To remove, use a knife to gently slide under the membrane then using your fingers, pull the membrane away from the bones. If slippery or difficult to remove, use a kitchen towel to take hold of it and pull.
  3. Season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper then place into a large roasting pan. (It may be necessary to cut the ribs in half in order for them to fit into the pan). Cover with two sheets of aluminum foil.
  4. Roast for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the meat falls easily from the bones.
Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce
  1. To make the sweet and spicy sauce, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the cumin and stir. Next, add the ketchup, hot chili sauce, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine, season with salt then cook for 2 minutes. Set aside in preparation for the ribs to finish roasting.
  2. Remove the ribs from the oven, discard the aluminum foil and generously brush both sides with barbeque sauce.
  3. Move an oven rack near to the top of the oven. Turn broiler to high and broil the ribs for 3-4 minutes, just until the barbeque sauce begins to caramelize.
  4. Serve and Enjoy.
Notes and Tips
Before cooking, watch our short how-to recipe video for how to make oven baked ribs.

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27 comments… Leave a Comment

  • Lori H September 14, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I have been making the Steamy Kitchen ribs for a while now, but this recipe is one I have to try! Thanks.

  • Mrs. L September 14, 2011, 6:17 pm

    These sound super simple to make (and yes, I will have to make fries to dip in the sauce!)

  • Jessica September 15, 2011, 12:58 am

    Wowza! Those look so amazing, I can not wait to make them for my hubs!

  • Katie September 16, 2011, 12:56 pm

    OMG. Your pictures had me drooling. And I’m not even a big fan of ribs! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Alice Hughes September 16, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Thank you for this, it inspired me for this weekend’s cooking! Love your website and ideas.

  • Robbie September 18, 2011, 1:24 am

    This looks simply AMAZING! Awesome recipe!!
    Will deff try it soon.
    Awesome blog btw :) x

  • tony May 6, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Cooking this right now I will leave a update in 5 hrs one hour to eat of course.

  • Adam May 29, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Just made em. Have to say..pretty darn good sauce. Lovin it.

  • Barbara July 9, 2012, 8:17 pm

    I have tried several baby back rib recipes and this one is the easiest and the best!

  • Joann @ The Italian Next Door October 21, 2012, 1:46 pm

    These ribs look great!! Your step by step pictures are really helpful too. Great job you guys!

  • Nathan February 11, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Tossed a rack of ribs in the oven about 4 hours ago, currently making the sauce up, sure smells good, finally tasted it. It’s not bad at all! Pretty good in my book! I taste a tad too much cumin at the end, but that’s a fault on my end most likely. This is a very simple recipe and it’d be very easy for a “new to the kitchen” type person to make and impress his/her family or guests! Great job!

  • Michael Ewing February 21, 2013, 3:30 pm

    they were soo good im glad i looked it up

  • Christine May 28, 2013, 1:38 am

    I made these a few nights ago, they are the best I have ever had! I used a different sauce but the ribs themselves were so soft that they fell apart when we were trying to eat them. Thank you so much for the recipe! :)

  • Dorothy Wason September 8, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Am going to try this!! One day I wanted ribs and was in a hurry.I cut membrane off, cut rib rack into two pieces, rubbed a dry rub on , put in pressure cooker with 1/2 cup of water. I pressured for 15 min. I did not want them completely off bone. Took them out and put a bar-b-que sauce on . Put in oven on broil to brown some. These were done in 30 min. I surprised myself by how good they were. Sorry talking about the way I did mine. I have always done mine your way but will definitely make you sauce. Thanks!!!

    • Mona Jones February 22, 2014, 5:54 pm

      I have pork tips that I want to make in my pressure cooker. They are thicker than pork ribs. I am not sure how long to cook them for. I saw this post and I am thinking I am cook them as you did just longer as I want them to just fall off the bone. Then broil with the sauce to brown. You said you pressured for 15 min. I am thinking mine will take longer but I am not sure how much longer. My first time making them this way. What do you think? Going to get started on them now and the sauce.

  • Lisa September 25, 2013, 7:31 pm

    I just made this Rib recipe. Very easy! They were delicious!

  • Priscilla October 16, 2013, 11:45 am

    Your method of baking ribs is what I’ve been searching online for hours! Thank you for sharing! I’ll be baking ribs today but the only problem is I’m baking 6 slabs of ribs. Is it ok to put 3 up on top first rack in oven & the other 3 on the bottom? I need these to be cooked by 930pm tonight for my son’s football team. Please help w/your expertise, I need them to be slow cooked & fall off the bone like yours.

    • Joanne October 16, 2013, 12:28 pm

      Hi there, you should be fine. Just stack them a little (3 and 3).The baking time should not change much. Just give them a peek and check for tenderness. If they aren’t quite there, bake a little longer. Hope that helps!

  • ana unland January 15, 2014, 7:22 pm

    ******Thank you so much!
    Such an easy recipe and it was fantastic!!

  • Marjorie January 29, 2014, 6:37 pm

    Very good sauce. Use it all the time. Easy to follow instructions.
    Thank you.

  • rob March 4, 2014, 9:31 am

    By far the best rib’s i have ever mad… thanks to this VERY simply and outstanding recipe… i used my sauce, but took ur suggestion, and got the baby backs… WOW… the bones fell right out, as i tried to turn them :-) thanks so much , i was in a bind, and thanks to ur recipe… my date went very well…

    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 5:04 pm

      Nice! So glad they worked out for you.

  • Ann May 4, 2014, 1:17 pm

    Love the sauce and ribs. We are making these tonight again, and will serve them up with your Feta, Green Bean and Potato Salad recipe (this will be a 1st time for the salad)!

    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 11:55 am

      Hope you love it!

  • Arianna May 22, 2014, 3:11 pm

    If I’m making Close to 5 lbs of pork spare ribs is it basically the same time and temp?

    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 2:19 pm

      It should be the same, you may need more than one pan, though.

  • Johnt January 24, 2015, 11:31 am

    I have made these ribs around a dozen times now. they are absolutely amazing. Only a couple of times I’ve noticed that when I take the ribs out after 3,5 hours, the ribs are not fall of the bone. If that happens quite a lot of liquid is left at the bottom of the oven plate. We then have to chew the meat off the bone. Any ideas on how to prevent it? I have no idea what I did differently the times it didn’t work out well.Thanks!


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