Easy Fall Off the Bone Oven-Baked Ribs

These are the best ribs! Baking low and slow is our secret to fall off the bone oven-baked ribs. Some people think that ribs 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 while the ribs bake. Let’s do this!

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Oven Baked Ribs Recipe Video

Related: Try these irresistibly good sticky ribs made with a homemade hoisin glaze

Our #1 Secret for Tender Ribs

The best, most fool-proof way to make sure that your ribs are fall off the bone tender is to bake them, covered, at a low temperature in your oven. We bake our ribs in a 275° F oven for two to three hours. It is this simple method that guarantees tender ribs! We use the same method when making these Asian-inspired ribs with a hoisin glaze.

Tender Baked Ribs

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.

These baked ribs are so easy — all you need is time. We bake the ribs before adding any sauce, and then when baked, we brush on our favorite barbecue sauce.

You can use the barbecue sauce suggested in the recipe below (it’s so simple to make) or use your favorite homemade or store-bought sauce. (We also LOVE this sweet and tangy bbq sauce).

We use a similar sauce when making these barbecue chicken wings. You can also season the ribs with your favorite BBQ rub. We keep our ribs simple in the video and only use salt and pepper, but you can always add more flavor with a spice rub.

Adam’s Tip: Remove the Membrane

For the most tender ribs, we remove the thin membrane covering the rack. It can be a bit tough when cooked, and since we love ribs that fall of the bone, the membrane has to go. You might find that the butcher has already removed this, but just in case, here’s how to do it yourself.

To remove it, gently slide a knife under the membrane, and then use your fingers to pull the membrane away from the bones. If it is slippery or difficult to remove, use a kitchen towel to take hold of it and pull.

Removing the membrane for tender ribs
Removing the membrane ensures tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs.

As I mentioned above, you may find that the butcher or shop you bought your ribs from has already removed the membrane. Less work for you!

Also, keep in mind that removing the membrane is optional, some people prefer ribs with the membrane left intact. For ribs with some bite or chewiness, leave the membrane alone. It’s all up to you!

Quick Overview: How to Cook Ribs in the Oven

Of all the pork recipes on Inspired Taste, these ribs are our most popular (these juicy pork chops being the runner-up). The full ribs recipe is below, but here’s a quick overview of the method we follow in our kitchen:

  1. Remove the membrane (remember, this ensures fall off the bone ribs).
  2. Generously season both sides with salt and pepper. This is also a great opportunity for adding more flavor with your favorite spice rub.
  3. Cover the ribs with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake the ribs at a low temperature (275°F) for 2 ½ to 4 hours or until they are tender.
  5. Slather the baked ribs with barbecue sauce, and then broil (or grill) the ribs for a few minutes until the sauce is caramelized.

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

You can use any barbecue sauce you like, but for us, we like to cook up our quick sweet and spicy sauce — it only takes a few minutes. It combines ketchup, brown sugar, chili sauce (like Sriracha), and spices. We’ve shared how to make it in the recipe.

I like making a double batch of the sauce and keeping it in the refrigerator. It will last up to 5 days. The sauce is perfect with chicken, on a burger, or as a dip for fries.

We make a similar sauce to coat our brown sugar barbecue wings. Another option is this homemade barbecue sauce (it’s tangy and delicious!).

Brushing the Sauce onto the Ribs

What to Serve with Ribs

We love these ribs. Here are some of our favorite dishes to serve alongside them:

You can never go wrong with potatoes! Here’s our creamy potato salad or try this herby mayo-free version (love this one!).

These crispy roasted potatoes and mashed potatoes are classic. Here’s our family’s favorite mashed potatoes or try mashed sweet potatoes.

Pasta salad is a favorite around here. So many of our readers love this veggie-packed pasta salad, and I love this classic macaroni salad.

Anytime I’m serving heartier meat dishes, I love serving them with a big salad. Throw your favorite salad greens into a big bowl and serve alongside one of our homemade dressings: Try honey mustard, creamy blue cheese, or try my favorite homemade ranch.

What Our Readers are Saying

If you don’t believe that our recipe helps you achieve perfect oven baked ribs at home, take a look at what our readers are saying about the recipe! More reviews are in the comments section below.

“These are the best ribs I’ve ever made!” – Nick

“My first time making ribs and it couldn’t have been easier or tastier.” – M.B.

“Quite literally fall off the bone goodness.” – Jessica

“OMG! These ribs are incredible!!!” – Lupita

More Popular Pork Recipes

We have quite a few pork recipes on the blog. Here are some of our most loved recipes:

Fall of the Bone Ribs

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.

FAQ: We call for baby back ribs in the recipe, but other types of ribs (spareribs, country-style, St. Louis-style) will work with this recipe. Cook time should be similar, we recommend that you check on the ribs while they cook to see how they are progressing.

FAQ: Doubling or tripling the recipe below should not change the recipe method or bake time. You might need to use two pans for baking.

Makes 4 Servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe

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
  • 1Heat oven to 275° Fahrenheit (135C).

    2If the ribs still have the thin membrane covering the back of the rack, remove it. See how in the notes section below.

    3Season both sides of the ribs with a generous amount of salt and pepper. If you are using a spice rub, add season the ribs with it now. Place the ribs, meat-side up, into a large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. (It may be necessary to cut the ribs in half for them to fit into the pan).

    4Cover the pan or baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil, and then bake until the meat falls easily from the bones, 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours. We like to check the ribs after 2 hours to see how they are progressing. The ribs are done when the meat is cooked through and tender.

  • Make Barbecue Sauce
  • 1While the ribs bake, make the barbecue sauce. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

    2Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

    3Add 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
  • 1Remove the ribs from the oven, discard the aluminum foil and generously brush both sides with barbecue sauce.

    2Optional: Move an oven rack near 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. (Keep a close eye on the ribs while they broil so the sauce does not burn.)

  • Storing and Reheating
  • 1Store baked ribs, in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze, wrapped in foil or freezer paper and in an airtight container, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, and then reheat.

    2To reheat the ribs, wrap in foil or parchment paper and place into a 300°F oven until warmed through, about 30 minutes. If you have some leftover, slather some extra sauce that’s been warmed over the ribs before serving.

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 database to calculate approximate values. We assumed 4 servings. The information below does include the barbecue sauce and 1 teaspoon of salt.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/2 rack / Calories 433 / Protein 26 g / Carbohydrate 13 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 11 g / Total Fat 30 g / Saturated Fat 10 g / Cholesterol 107 mg / Sodium 694 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Back in the day, we were contributors to 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. 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

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1405 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Rachel September 9, 2023, 4:49 pm

    I must know where you buy ribs. I have not encountered ribs with the membrane removed or a rack of ribs with a removable membrane!! Can you recommend a brand? Thanks!

    • Joanne September 9, 2023, 6:34 pm

      Hi Rachel, Anywhere grocery store there is an in-house butcher or smaller/local butcher shops are your best bet.

  • Kim Radcliffe September 8, 2023, 5:35 pm

    This recipe looks great. I am looking at my 2 hour 15 min baked baby back ribs and they seem dry and a bit tough. Does this mean they have cooked too long or not long enough? Your BBQ sauce is delish! Thanks so much!

    • Joanne September 8, 2023, 5:51 pm

      Hi Kim, It’s hard to say without seeing them, but overcooked ribs are typically mushy, not chewy or tough. If your ribs are tough, my guess is that they need a bit more time in the oven. When you bake these, make sure they are well-wrapped in the oven since its the moist heat that keeps them from drying out.

  • Teresa September 4, 2023, 11:25 am

    OMG YOU ARE SO RIGHT!! Fall off the bones good! I’ve never been able to make ribs. Last night I used your recipe and turned out perfectly!!! Will be making ribs
    often in the future! 😋 Thank you!!!
    Would this work the same with beef ribs?

  • Cecilia Wierzbicki August 24, 2023, 8:30 am

    I organized a barbecue rib fundraiser dinner at my local Elks Lodge and use this recipe. The ribs came out fantastic, they were moist and practically falling off the bone. I baked 13 racks of ribs in the oven, paired them with my homemade rub and it was a win win situation! The only change I made, was cutting the racks in half and wrapping them individually in heavy aluminum foil. I highly recommend this easy recipe to everyone!

  • Susan August 23, 2023, 7:45 pm

    Absolutely the best ribs I have made! Only complaint is I will have to double the barbecue sauce next time!! So good!!

  • Ellie August 19, 2023, 8:32 am

    OMG these were so good. I have never made pork ribs before so I appreciate how clear and easy this was. I struggled with removing the membrane but if not for the directions I wouldn’t have even known to remove it. And the BBQ sauce was AMAZING!

    • Lyndon Jewell September 11, 2023, 8:14 pm

      I made your ribs my wife love them they were fall off the bone just like you said wrapped them babies in foil salt and pepper and seasoning it worked thank you and make for a good meal mashed potatoes blueberry muffins brownies for dessert

  • Haley August 17, 2023, 9:39 pm

    I’ve made these ribs once and they were amazing!! I’m making then again tomorrow for a party. I’m planning on making 3 sets of ribs. Can I put two in the oven at the same time? If so, will it change anything about the cooking time? Thank you!!

  • Sarah August 15, 2023, 7:01 pm

    I never want to make ribs any other way, ever again. This is the most delicious, fall off the bone rib recipe I’ve ever had. And SO EASY! The only thing I would recommend is to triple the sauce amount, coat the ribs in the sauce before you bake, then top the rest of the sauce before you broil. And yes, make the homemade ketchup! Don’t even bother with store bought. Sooooo good!

  • Mary August 14, 2023, 10:19 pm

    I just made these for the first time and they were fantastic! I will definitely be making them again. Best tasting and easiest ribs ever. Thanks for your recipe!

  • Femka August 9, 2023, 11:37 am

    I’ve made this at least 5 times so far and every time it is fall off the bones ribs; so good and so easy. I use Montana’s pork rub and salt and pepper for the ribs and whatever bbq sauce I have in the house at the end. This is truly a no fail recipe. Thank you!!

  • Carmelo August 8, 2023, 8:02 pm

    Two thumbs up on this recipe. I was amazed at how tender they were. So good I eat too many. Ah no. No such thing.

  • Vanessa S. August 7, 2023, 10:04 pm

    Never made ribs in the oven before and wow! So tender and delicious. The hubbs can be a little picky sometimes but this was a total win! (Not to mention super simple) Thanks so much…happy to be a new subscriber!

  • Abby August 6, 2023, 3:59 pm

    Fantastic! That cinnamon makes it man!!


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