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 RibsRecipe 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

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Easy, Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs
 
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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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Yield: Serves 2 to 3 people
You Will Need
Oven Baked 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
  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.Oven Baked Ribs - Removing the Membrane
  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 tightly with aluminum foil.
  4. Roast until the meat falls easily from the bones, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
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 barbecue 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 barbecue sauce begins to caramelize.

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91 comments… Leave a Comment
  • 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!

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

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

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    • Joanne September 19, 2016, 1:38 pm

      A glass baking pan will work just fine.

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    • 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

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  • Dayna September 15, 2016, 3:51 pm

    Middle rack when baking?

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    • Joanne September 15, 2016, 4:40 pm

      Baking on the middle rack is best.

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  • Dayna September 15, 2016, 3:44 pm

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

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  • 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?

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  • Britteny September 12, 2016, 11:10 am

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

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    • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

    I making it right now…sounds good

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  • Jane Smale September 4, 2016, 3:45 pm

    Subscribe

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  • nellie August 27, 2016, 11:44 pm

    Is it the same cooking time for 2 racks?

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    • Joanne September 14, 2016, 2:22 pm

      Hi Nellie, The cooking time does not need to change.

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  • Sashur August 27, 2016, 10:52 pm

    Hello! Will the cooking times be the same if I have 3 pounds of ribs?

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    • Joanne September 2, 2016, 3:13 pm

      Hi there, yes the cooking time should be the same.

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  • Loretta August 25, 2016, 11:28 pm

    I don’t have a broiler in my oven…what do I do?

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    • Joanne August 27, 2016, 9:00 pm

      Hi Loretta, You could use a grill or just skip caramelizing the sauce at the end.

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    • Edward Decker September 7, 2016, 11:19 am

      Turn your oven up to 400, at this temperature, the sugar will begin to caramelize. Watch it closely, because it will happen quickly. It can go from a nice surgery crunch to burnt fast. I like to let mine get just a little burnt on the edges to give it that BBQ feel! If you add liquid smoke, and burn it a little you will get a nice BBQ effect!

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  • Agnes August 24, 2016, 12:45 pm

    I made this oven baked BBQ ribs last night – it was a hit with my family. The meat is literally falls for the bone. I’m looking forward with trying your other recipes. Thank you for sharing them. I give this a 5 stars.(*****) 😋

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  • mike August 20, 2016, 9:36 pm

    owesome except lower the cooking time to 3 hours my second time and they turned out way better and I never tried there sauce I have my own spices and sauces I like
    oh and cook with bone side down second time meat side down don’t do it!!!!
    none side down!!!!

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  • Teresa Cooper August 14, 2016, 3:01 pm

    Made these for dinner and they were so delish. This will definitely be in the rotation. I

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  • Sue August 11, 2016, 8:30 pm

    Fantastic! I made this tonight for supper and received rave reviews. You guys are the best!

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  • Kevin August 6, 2016, 10:55 am

    I must say hands down, this one of best bbq recipes, period! I narrowed my bbq baby back ribs recipe search to top 8 or so and ended up selecting this one not just due to overall solid ratings, but the fact that preparation time was much shorter compared to other recipes. Loved the bbq recipe and I will be making this again with their homemade ketchup recipe this time.

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  • Kristine Johnson August 2, 2016, 2:52 pm

    I’m making these for the first time tonight for dinner…the reviews seem all good so I am excited to try this recipe…will let you know if it was a hit with the family…I have feeling it will be. 🙂

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