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 Recipe

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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 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

Ribs

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

Directions

  • Prepare Ribs
  • Heat oven to 275 degrees F.

    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, meat-side up, into a large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. (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 the olive oil in 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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  • Brandy May 22, 2017, 4:45 pm

    So I have never made ribs before. Followed the recipe(except the sauce). Love it!! Truly fall off the bone. I make it all the time now. Definitely breaks up the monotony of making dinner.

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  • Sunshine728 May 22, 2017, 4:02 pm

    Made these twice now. I use my own sauce, but the recipe for making the rib meat is awesome! The meat falls off the bone everytime! Bravo!!

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  • Carnivore May 18, 2017, 3:04 am

    I have made these ribs 3 times now, this recipe just doesn’t get old! This is the easiest most fullproof way to have some tender ribs! I love getting Trader Joe’s ribs and I will season with a little paprika, cayenne, little red pepper flake and S&P, broiled with some Sweet Baby Rays is a killer! Thanks so much for this method!

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  • Vicki Lawson May 15, 2017, 10:24 am

    No one can mess these up! Simply amazing! I use a combination of my dry seasonings as a dry rub before placing them into the oven. I suggest searing them on the grill after baking with your favorite sauce for a real backyard barbecue flavor. They are also great broiled in the oven with sauce until the sauce is caramelized.

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  • David Pittman May 14, 2017, 6:15 pm

    I tried the recipe today, and the ribs were great! It was so easy.

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  • Richard May 11, 2017, 10:23 pm

    Just made this tonight and I must say I’m impressed. I seasoned with salt, pepper and McCormick Grill Mate Molasses Bacon seasoning. Baked for 3.5 hours and broiled for 3 mins with BBQ sauce. Wow came out amazing. Thank you

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  • Celeste May 9, 2017, 8:01 pm

    Easy and delicious! Perfect. Fall off the bone tender. Thanks!!

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  • Anna May 7, 2017, 3:58 pm

    5 star recipe!!! I made just as directed, the most tender and tasty ribs I’ve ever made!!

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  • Newfies April 28, 2017, 4:55 pm

    The very best recipe!!! I’ve fixed ribs multiple times using this recipe, and each time, the ribs have been a hit! Easy and oh so tasty! We use the spicy sauce for wings for our ribs. We love it – the little kick in the sauce is perfect for us Texans. Thank you for such an easy yet delicious recipe.

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  • fred April 15, 2017, 1:19 pm

    Good recipe. I put the ribs on top of a couple cooling racks placed inside a baking pan. Helps them cook evenly all around.

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  • Gina April 6, 2017, 7:34 pm

    I normally do not comment on these sites and actually don’t like ribs. But I made this recipe for my husband and some family and it was incredible. The barbecue sauce was so good that I intend to use it on other meats as well. It was easy and I had everything in the kitchen. Thank you for this awesome recipe good job way to go

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  • rick lyday April 2, 2017, 5:14 pm

    followed the receipt exactly, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Tina Gusovius April 28, 2017, 4:33 pm

      Do I put the ribs in oven first to cook and then out the barbarcue on them . Please help me put

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      • Joanne April 28, 2017, 4:47 pm

        Hi Tina, Yes. We cook the ribs first the we slather the cooked ribs with sauce and caramelize under the broiler for a few minutes.

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  • Carmen A. GREEN April 1, 2017, 8:04 pm

    My hard to please twins loved them.they were a hit with everyone. The twins fave is usually med rare ribeye when its gradmas weekend, but after today. I think they have a new fave. Delicious. Thank u. Great w garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli.

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  • rick lyday March 28, 2017, 2:45 pm

    i followed the receipt exactly, WOW!!! they were fantastic!

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  • Cindy March 26, 2017, 2:46 pm

    Best BBQ ribs I have ever made. The sauce is very good as well

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  • Gailey March 26, 2017, 2:06 pm

    This was the first time i made pork loin ribs & I followed this recipe & it was fantastic..

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  • Rebecca March 26, 2017, 1:26 pm

    Do you use a cookie sheet or roasting pan and foil on top only I’m making it now three slabs of ribs wish me luck

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    • Joanne April 28, 2017, 4:48 pm

      You can use either a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet (with sides) just as long as you seal with aluminum foil.

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  • Cindy Dato March 23, 2017, 4:58 pm

    Hi instead of putting the ribs in the oven, how long would they have to cook in a smoker?
    Thanks.

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    • Joanne April 28, 2017, 4:49 pm

      Hi Cindy, We have never used a smoker. I’m hoping another commenter can help you out, here.

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    • Vicki Lawson May 15, 2017, 10:09 am

      The main thing is to keep a constant temperature of 275* for 4 hours reguardless of which method you use to grill, smoke, or bake them. Then carmelize the sauce on them after cooking. You can purchase a thermometer that attaches to your existing grill, smoker, or what have you.

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  • Sera March 22, 2017, 8:51 am

    This must be the 6th time making them!!! and everyone i invite over for ribs have said WOW!!!! falling off the bone DELISH!!!!! Thanks you have made me a great CHEF of RIBS

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  • Jelena March 21, 2017, 8:46 pm

    Cannot wait to try this recipe but I was wondering if I could use just white sugar instead of brown?

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    • Joanne April 28, 2017, 4:49 pm

      Hi Jelena, White sugar can be used as a substitute.

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  • Joan March 19, 2017, 3:04 pm

    Conflicting cooking times. Recipe reads 31/2-4 hours. Yet video says 4 hours. Didn’t say which way to cook ribs. Meat side up?

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    • Joanne April 28, 2017, 4:54 pm

      Hi Joan, the cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the ribs. The time will be between 3 and 4 hours. When baking, we do like to bake meat-side up. I have adjusted the recipe so that it is more clear.

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  • Doug March 19, 2017, 10:48 am

    This recipe is incredible. Longer is better. I cooked at 250 for 4 hours and the meet fell off the bone. I also sheared them with broiler after putting on barbecue sauce!! Looked at a number of recipes and this was the easiest. 5 Star Recipe.

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