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 Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe. 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.

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Secrets for Making 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. 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.

Remove the Membrane Tender Ribs

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!

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!)

Bacon Bourbon RibsYOU MAY ALSO LIKE: These ribs were so popular, we made another version. Our Tender Bacon Bourbon Oven Baked Ribs are baked in the oven just like these sweet and spicy ribs, but we swap the sauce for our homemade bacon-bourbon barbecue sauce.

Back in the day we were contributors for Betty Crocker. We shared a similar version of this recipe with them. We loved it so much we had to share an adapted version with you.

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

  • 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 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 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
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We assumed 3 servings. The information below does include the barbecue sauce.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 699 / Protein 44 g / Carbohydrate 18 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 15 g / Total Fat 49 g / Saturated Fat 17 g / Cholesterol 178 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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  • Julie June 18, 2017, 4:50 pm

    Can I use your cooking directions for spare ribs as well? I’ve never made ribs on my own and I’m looking for a good recipe. Thanks!

    • Joanne June 26, 2017, 4:11 pm

      Hi Julie, this recipe should work for most rib cuts. The bake time may vary slightly, but just check them a couple times while they bake and cook until you are happy with the tenderness.

  • Lisa June 18, 2017, 1:04 pm

    I have made this recipe four times and it is soooooo good. My husband tried to copy me but his ribs were a total FAIL!

    The only bad part is that you have to wait 31/2 to four hours for absolutely AMAZING ribs, but they are so worth the wait.

    The hardest part of this recipe for me is removing the thin membrane. Other than that, the recipe is super simple. I make it even easier for me. I rub the ribs with season all, i throw in potatoes and carrots (lots of them), butter and salt on the veggies and it’s a whole meal that no one can wait to be done.

  • Jane June 10, 2017, 8:01 am

    I am going to try these tonight. My husband hates anything BBQ’d, especially anything smoked. Wish me luck.

  • Gail Kaplin June 9, 2017, 12:24 pm

    I’m making ribs tonight. I’m excited about how easy this looks, and how great they look! Thank you

  • Ruchy Singer June 9, 2017, 1:23 am

    My husband was never so impressed. I’m amazed ,I will share this recipe with everyone I know.Thanks

    • Ruchy Singer June 9, 2017, 1:23 am

      5 stars

  • Rai May 30, 2017, 1:07 pm

    I wanted to make ribs for a small memorial day dinner for me and my partner…I was a little hesitate, because last time I made ribs, they did NOT turn out well. Putting that experience aside, I used the recipe but added my own sauce and OMG, the ribs came out perfect!! Will be making these again real soon. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  • Marion Valimaki May 26, 2017, 3:29 pm

    My husband hates everything. Made these two days ago and am making them again tonight. He loves them. Easy to make nd an easy cleanup.

  • Catie May 26, 2017, 6:47 am

    After watching the video I was wondering what is the glass pan sitting on while in the oven?

    • Joanne May 30, 2017, 2:32 pm

      That’s our pizza stone! It isn’t needed in the recipe, we just leave it in there most of the time.

  • 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.

    • Gregg May 29, 2017, 3:35 pm

      Hello I have a question… are you using a fan based oven at 250?


      • Joanne May 30, 2017, 2:31 pm

        Our oven is a conventional one.

  • 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!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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

  • Leon May 14, 2017, 4:20 pm

    Do you put water or anything under the ribs before cooking or leave it dry?

    • Joanne May 30, 2017, 2:33 pm

      We do not add water to the baking dish.

  • 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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