Easy, Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe

Baking low and slow is the secret to these fall-off-the-bone oven baked ribs. Jump to the full Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe now. Or, watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make them.

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.

Baking ribs in the oven is seriously easy. All you need is time — 95% of the recipe time is sitting back and relaxing waiting while the ribs bake.

Bacon Bourbon RibsYou May Also Like our recipe for Tender Bacon Bourbon Oven Baked Ribs. We bake the ribs in the oven just like these sweet and spicy ribs, but swap the sauce for our homemade bacon-bourbon barbecue sauce.

Secrets for How to Make Tender Ribs in the Oven

We learned how to make oven baked 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.

How to Make Baked Ribs

These baked 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 ours.

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 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.

By the way, you might actually find that the butcher or shop you bought your ribs from has already removed the membrane. Less work for you!

Remove the Membrane Tender Ribs

Then, season both sides with salt and pepper and cover with aluminum foil. The ribs bake at a low temperature for 3 to 4 hours.

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

You could use any bbq sauce you like, but for us, we like to cook up this quick sauce — it only takes a few minutes. We’ve shared how to make it in the recipe.

Brushing the Sauce onto the Ribs

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 Barbecue Wings Recipe.

Another option is our Homemade Bacon Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Recipe (it’s decadent and delicious!)

How to Make Fall of the Bone Ribs

Recipe updated, originally posted September 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy, Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs

  • PREP
  • COOK

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 use whatever you love. For the most tender ribs, we remove the thin membrane covering the back of the rack. Depending on where you have purchased ribs, this may already be done for you. If not, instructions are in the notes section below.

Makes 2 to 3 Servings

You Will Need

2 to 2 1/2 pounds baby back pork ribs

Salt and black pepper

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup finely diced onion

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup ketchup, try our homemade ketchup recipe

1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (suggestion Sriracha)

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Salt and ground pepper, to taste


  • Prepare Ribs
  • Heat oven to 275° F (135° C).

    If the ribs still have the thin membrane covering the back of the rack, remove it. See how in the notes section below. 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 tightly with aluminum foil, and then bake until the meat falls easily from the bones, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

    • Make Barbecue Sauce
    • While the ribs bake, make the barbecue sauce. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook 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.

      • To Finish
      • Remove the ribs from the oven, discard the aluminum foil and generously brush both sides with barbecue sauce.

        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 barbecue sauce begins to caramelize.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

Removing the Membrane: 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.Removing the Membrane

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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119 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jodie Killen November 8, 2016, 11:50 am

    I don’t have any apple cider vinegar on hand. Could I use regular vinegar or balsamic vinegar?

    • Joanne November 8, 2016, 12:27 pm

      Balsamic vinegar would be nice!

  • shana Delany November 6, 2016, 5:08 pm

    It says wrap tightly with tin foil to bake…the pan or the ribs? Or both?

    • Joanne November 8, 2016, 2:27 pm

      Place the foil over the pan, there is no need to wrap the ribs.

  • Ember November 5, 2016, 7:21 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight, so delicious! You can’t skip the BBQ sauce in this recipe, it is fabulous! The only thing I did differently was to add a few spices to the ribs before cooking, a little cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Will keep this recipe forever!

  • June November 5, 2016, 1:26 pm

    What can be used in place of the apple cider vinegar?

    • Joanne November 8, 2016, 2:28 pm

      White wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar are all great options.

  • Michelle Bindon October 30, 2016, 11:59 am

    Can you use Cajun seasoning also?

    • Joanne November 8, 2016, 2:28 pm

      Yes, absolutely.

  • Shirley Ferguson October 29, 2016, 6:12 pm

    I made your barbecue recipe tonight for spare ribs and can only say that it is the best I have ever made. The ribs finished in the hot broiler put a wonderful carmellized finish to the ribs.

    Also many thanks for showing how to remove the skin on the ribs. I never got it right until today.

    I give you 5 stars.


  • Jessica October 28, 2016, 3:00 pm

    Turned out absolutely great! Thanks!

  • Rose October 24, 2016, 8:51 pm

    My first time making pork ribs and they were fantastic. I used a hickory-smoke salt dry rub prior to baking. I had to move the ribs down a bit while broiling – the sauce kind of flared up around the electric broiling element.

    A huge success, though. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • dorie conn October 22, 2016, 3:54 pm

    Making this recipe now … will get back w results

  • Courtney October 12, 2016, 3:48 pm

    Best to cook bone side up or down?

    • Joanne October 14, 2016, 1:54 pm

      We cook bone side down. This way any fat on top of the ribs melts and falls over the meat.

    • Natasha October 14, 2016, 4:21 pm

      Do I wrap the ribs with foil or cover the pan with foil?

      • Joanne October 14, 2016, 4:24 pm

        Hi Natasha, Cover the whole pan with foil.

  • Vickie October 12, 2016, 5:59 am

    I made these ribs last night for my family and they devoured them! I didn’t have all the ingredients to make your sauce, but next time I will. Thank you!

  • Newfie October 10, 2016, 5:33 am

    Soooo easy and absolutely the best! My hubby said this was the bestest ribs he’s ever had in his whole life! Our son and girlfriend agree. And I thank you for a fail-proof recipe! Used the brown sugar barbecue wings sauce recipe on my ribs, and it was great! Caramelized beautifully over the ribs.

  • Cindy October 9, 2016, 7:01 pm

    I did this today for Sunday dinner and I’ve never prepared ribs so tender. I had pork ribs and they turned out great! Thanks for sharing

  • Netha October 8, 2016, 9:01 pm

    This BBQ sauce is so good! From now on, I’m making this sauce rather than buying. My ribs were soooooo good!

  • Jane October 3, 2016, 3:53 pm

    FINALLY!!! Never could make good ribs until I tried it your way! Thank you a million times over!!! They seriously fell off the bone and were mouth watering!!! I can’t thank you enough for helping me finally make “fall off the bone” ribs!! My family loved them and I loved the ease of making them and cleaning up was a breeze!

  • Jaimee Pieper October 2, 2016, 9:55 pm

    I made these ribs tonight and it was so easy .
    The ribs fell right off the bone.
    The entire family loved them!

  • Crewsy October 2, 2016, 9:11 am

    Planning to cook 2 racks of St. Louis cut ribs today but Mother Nature has other plans. ☔️

    Will give this method a try based on all the great reviews.

    My ribs are already seasoned with a dry rub for the grill. Hopefully the oven is as nice to them as the grill is.

  • Ray October 1, 2016, 6:34 pm

    Fantastic ribs I loved your recipe

  • Jamie September 30, 2016, 8:40 am

    I put a glass pan under a broiler once and it exploded on me when I took it out… I guess it was caused by the rapid temperature change… Never again! Be careful

    The ribs look delicious though :)… Thank you much!

  • Tina September 21, 2016, 2:29 am

    This was an awesome easy to follow recipe ribs came out great, was kind of nervous first time making ribs but they were delious and so tender the whole family loved them!

  • Karen Miller September 17, 2016, 8:07 am

    I don’t have a roasting pan can I use a glass baking pan instead.

    • Joanne September 19, 2016, 1:38 pm

      A glass baking pan will work just fine.

    • richie September 23, 2016, 6:25 am

      Go to the dollar store and buy a disposable aluminum roasting pan…Makes for easy clean up also

      • Kev November 1, 2016, 4:48 pm


  • Dayna September 15, 2016, 3:51 pm

    Middle rack when baking?

    • Joanne September 15, 2016, 4:40 pm

      Baking on the middle rack is best.

  • Dayna September 15, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Awesome recipe. Family loved them. Making them again. 5 stars

  • Sylverbelle September 15, 2016, 3:01 pm

    I’m excited to try this recipe! My ribs have been in the oven 30 minutes. I’m wondering what to serve on the side…any suggestions?

  • Britteny September 12, 2016, 11:10 am

    Do you cook it under the broil setting or just a regular bake ?

    • Joanne September 14, 2016, 2:21 pm

      Britteny, We bake at a low temperature until the ribs are tender and then finish them by caramelizing the sauce under the broiler for a few minutes. This is all shared in our recipe above.

  • Liz George September 6, 2016, 11:20 am

    I made these ribs yesterday for Labor Day dinner. My husband and kids loved them! I did place the meat bone side down and cooked for 4 hours in the oven on 275F. I glazed with out favorite BBQ sauce and broiled for 10 minutes. This is the best recipe for ribs I have tried to date. Thank you for sharing.

  • Mike from California September 5, 2016, 4:47 pm

    your sauce recipe is what earns the stars. i finished these over some wood fire on the bbq, and the carmelized sauce turned out great with the smoke flavor.

  • Marsha birnbaum September 5, 2016, 2:28 pm

    I making it right now…sounds good


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