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. ‚Äď 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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  • Jennifer August 22, 2017, 8:49 pm

    So easy! Fall off the bone tender, just as described. I actually screwed up and cooked them at 300 instead of 275 and they still turned out amazing. I didn’t make the sauce. I just sprinkled some brown sugar on top of our favorite bottle brand to get the carmelized crunch on top. Perfect meal to come home to after soccer practice. Delicious!

  • Heidi August 13, 2017, 6:22 pm

    Oh my, these were just as easy and delicious as stated! we moved to northern Michigan and there are no rib restaurants in the area. I read the reviews, followed directions, and we were totally satisfied with the results. I will definitely be making these ribs again. Thank you.

  • Jessica August 7, 2017, 3:05 pm

    It was good. Thanks for the recipe and for sure I’ll be making more!

  • Robin July 30, 2017, 2:41 pm

    OK, seriously the best ribs I have ever had. I usually stick to St. Louis style Ribs, but this is my new favorite. The sauce is amazing. Out of necessity I had to modify the sauce a bit. I had no fresh onion, so I used powdered onion and a bit of fresh, finely grated ginger. So, delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jennifer August 1, 2017, 4:49 pm

      Love this recipe! Even though I don’t eat red meat, I have cooked it 3 times for my mom and she says the ribs are perfect every time! Honestly, I was surprised when she said she loved the sauce because she’s not much of a sweet person… I guess this recipe fits everyone!

  • Gem July 27, 2017, 10:12 pm

    The best ribs recipe I’ve tried, very simple and easy. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Becky Cascos July 25, 2017, 12:14 pm

    I had to double stack as the 7 lbs did not fit in the oven pan. How long do i bake at 275?

    • Joanne July 27, 2017, 6:10 pm

      Hi Becky, the bake time should be very similar to single stack. You can check them while they bake and add a bit more time if you feel the ribs need it.

  • Karen July 24, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Yes. The meat fell off the bone but hardly any of the fat had rendered ūüėĚ

  • Kay July 23, 2017, 11:05 pm

    Wooooowwww! I wasn’t really a big fan eating any kind of ribs or cooking them at home , but today I tried this recipe and followed everything and the result was FANTASTIC !!!!!!!! This is the first time I cooked pork ribs and using your recipe and I am so happy with the result.The ribs were super tender and so flavorful!!!!!and the homemade sauce was sooooo goood !!!!! You’ve changed my view about eating or cookings ribs and definitely I would make it again and again and again !!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful , awesome recipe !!!! ūüôā

  • Chrissy July 19, 2017, 4:15 pm

    This is my first time to oven-bake ribs, and I plan to use your recipe this week. The rack of ribs I purchased is 4.64 pounds. Will I need to adjust the cooking time? Thank you!

    • Adam July 20, 2017, 12:38 am

      No you shouldn’t need to adjust the cooking time.

  • Joni July 16, 2017, 10:08 pm

    Just made this recipe for the first time and they were some of the best ribs we’ve ever had – definitely the best I’ve ever made. The kids liked them because all the meat fell off and no biting off a bone!

  • James Thomas July 13, 2017, 7:18 pm

    Love this recipe. Easy and the results are great. Tried it twice in the last 10 days!

  • Karen July 11, 2017, 7:07 pm

    Such an easy and delicious recipe to follow!!! wish I could give this more stars.

  • Vicki Haupt July 7, 2017, 9:00 am

    Trying tonight! Looks awesome!

  • Barbara Smith July 4, 2017, 2:50 pm

    My daughter and I are making these for our “cheat” day today, for the 4th of July! We are depending on the raves of your fans, tho’ we did add a little more sriracha to our BBQ sauce. And we are using pork ribs, not baby back. Fingers Xed!

    • David Boatwright July 4, 2017, 5:18 pm

      Thank you for the sriracha tip! I hope you two have a wonderful 4th and a lovely “cheat day”. ūüôā

  • Christina S. July 3, 2017, 10:57 pm

    I’ve never cooked ribs before and I stumbled upon this recipe. I made these tonight and they were beyond delicious!!! The meat is nice and tender, falls off the bone and melts in the mouth. I’ll definitely follow this recipe again. 5+ star rating from me!


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