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These are the best ribs! Baking low and slow is our secret to 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.

Watch How We Make The Best Ribs

Secrets For Making Tender Ribs In The Oven

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. Let’s do this!

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 are the best ribs! Baking low and slow is our secret to fall-off-the-bone oven baked ribs.

These baked ribs are so easy — all you need is time. We bake the ribs before adding any sauce, then when they are 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.

How To 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 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.

Remove the Membrane for Tender Ribs
Removing the membrane ensures tender, fall-off-the-bone 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!

If you prefer your ribs to have a little bite/chewiness then you might prefer the membrane left on. It’s all up to you!

How We Cook Ribs in the Oven

Cooking ribs in the oven could not be easier. Here’s how we do it 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 (275F) for 3 to 4 hours or until they are tender.
  5. Slather the baked ribs with barbecue sauce 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.

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. Another option is our Homemade Bacon Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Recipe (it’s decadent and delicious!). We used that sauce for our Bacon Bourbon Oven Baked Ribs.

Brushing the Sauce onto the Ribs

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.

“This is the best recipe for ribs that I have found. It is so easy and absolutely delicious!” – Jackie

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

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

How to Make Fall of the Bone Ribs

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

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 4 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 Fahrenheit (135C).

    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 a generous amount of 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 the pan or baking sheet 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 soft and translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

      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.

        Optional: 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. (Keep a close eye on the ribs while they broil so they the sauce does not burn.)

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

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501 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Shana March 21, 2019, 11:56 am

    I love the recipe, I’m gonna try it.

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  • Taylor March 14, 2019, 1:01 pm

    How long would this take without foil?

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    • Joanne March 18, 2019, 1:22 pm

      Hi Taylor, We do recommend using the foil (or covering the ribs) for the best results.

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  • Christian March 12, 2019, 6:36 pm

    Soooo good! I’ve made this recipe 6 times already. Recently I doubled the onions, added 4 cloves garlic diced and loved it even more! Thanks for posting this!

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  • nick March 9, 2019, 12:35 pm

    This was the best ribs I’ve ever made does it work the same with beef ribs anyone know?

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    • Joanne March 13, 2019, 1:28 pm

      Hi Nick, We have not tried this particular recipe with beef ribs, but I see no reason why the method would not work for you.

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  • Maria March 7, 2019, 8:11 pm

    Done these ribs many times now! A huge success with my family. Thanks!!

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  • M.B. March 7, 2019, 7:03 pm

    Easy and excellent. My first time making ribs and couldn’t have been easier or tastier. Sauce was delicious too.

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  • suelita carvalho Paterno Cordeiro March 6, 2019, 5:22 pm

    Amei sua receita da costela de porco,e gostaria de receber por e-mail, novas receita .
    desde já agradeço

    I loved your pork rib recipe, and would like to receive new recipe by email.
    Thank you so much, Suelita.

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  • Pierce Sanders March 3, 2019, 7:32 pm

    Couldnt even pick them up! Actual fall off the bone, melt in your mouth ribs. Highly impressed

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  • John M Brien February 28, 2019, 3:36 pm

    best ribs ever !!!!!!

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  • FRED KEMMERLE February 27, 2019, 7:29 pm

    Hi Guys, made your ribs per your video. Bought the ribs at Aldies. Best tasting and most tender ribs I have ever had. I did not make your sauce however. Basically because I ran out of time. I used K. C. MASTERPIECE ORIGINAL. I can honestly say, I have never made ribs in the oven this tender. I followed your directions to the letter and the results were amazing. Thank you so much for the decisive directions.

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    • .wnny March 3, 2019, 12:12 pm

      Sooooo good thanks!

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  • melissa February 25, 2019, 8:49 pm

    i am not a cook- let me tell you these ribs came out amazing! thanks so much!

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  • Rabia Ballan February 25, 2019, 8:15 pm

    So I made these just as a “ahh whatever this looks easy enough…” and…. ohhhhh boy. When they say that they are fall off the bone ribs… they are, truly. I think the trickiest part was just taking off the membrane. but other than that, it was amazing! Great recipe and they are right the only thing you need it time!Well worth it!

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  • Crimson Pangborn February 24, 2019, 8:50 pm

    These are SO good! To get a really thick layer of sauce on them I basted then after three hours, baked for twenty, repeat, then with the third layer I broiled them for three minutes. This recipe is perfect. I added smoked paprika and molasses to my bbq sauce, delicious. Thank you for this recipe.

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  • Ray Valdez February 24, 2019, 6:32 pm

    Down right delicious and easy to follow recipe, we will definitely be making these ribs often this summer.

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  • Jackie February 23, 2019, 10:50 am

    This is the best recipe for ribs that I have found. It is so easy and absolutely delicious!

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  • JessicaM February 21, 2019, 7:09 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! Super easy to follow and so delicious:) Quite literally fall of the bone goodness. I don’t have a lot of experience making homemade ribs I was really pleased that this turned out so well, I will most definitely be using your recipe again!

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  • John Drummond February 17, 2019, 1:43 pm

    So easy … so delicious. Made the sauce as published, although did add a tad more garlic. Love the idea of slow baking and covered. I usually bake ribs on a rack with beer and onions beneath, but rightly decided to go with the recipe. Instead of broiler (hate to mess up the oven), I put them on a hot bbq grill, and they turned out finger-licking good. Served with homemade potato salad. Recipe is a true saver.

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  • SANDRA February 13, 2019, 3:15 pm

    very happy to have found this recipe!! my ribs are nice and falling off the bone…. and the sauce so easy to make!! a keeper!!!

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  • Lupita Cavazos Garcia February 3, 2019, 9:19 pm

    OMG! These ribs are incredible!!! Made them tonight for Super Bowl. Big Hit! I want to try this recipe with beef ribs. I love that they are covered and don’t mess up my brand new oven! The BBQ sauce, which we made using Stubbs, is delicious!!! Better than Stubbs by itself. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  • Sam Biafore February 2, 2019, 4:48 pm

    Made The Ribs for The SUPER BOWL. THEY were Super. Seasoned them overnight baked em low & slow.

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  • John Wilson January 31, 2019, 6:11 pm

    Nice recipe. These ribs go great with butt stuff.

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  • carolgentes January 20, 2019, 11:15 am

    These were the best ribs I have ever had!!!!!!!!!! So incredibly easy to make — no more parboiling, discarding greasy water, onion, baking and still tough ribs for me! Thanks so much!

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  • carolgentes January 20, 2019, 11:08 am

    These are the best ribs I have ever had — and made!!!!!!! And so easy compared with parboiling with onion, etc. and then baking and the results still not tender. Thanks so much!

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  • Jean January 14, 2019, 10:28 pm

    Delious & tender!! I was short on time so I used our favorite barbecue sauce!! Still delicious!! Very easy!

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    • Wanda January 19, 2019, 7:46 pm

      I seasoned ribs with salt, pepper,garlic powder and brown sugar preheat oven to 275 degrees before placing full rack of ribs not baby back and DID NOT pull off membrane. Place ribs in pan with foil on top tightly. Let ribs cook for 3 1/2 hours the meat was falling off the bone!

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  • Delight Hockman January 13, 2019, 7:52 pm

    Fabulous and so easy! It’s been ages since my husband complemented my cooking, but he did tonight; thanks!

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  • Leah Vining January 13, 2019, 6:19 pm

    My boys love ribs and these were by far the easiest, most tender, best flavored I’ve ever cooked. The only change was I doubled the sauce recipe and added some thai bbq/basting sauce and I put sauce on the ribs 1/2 way through cooking then again at the end to broil. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  • Linda January 10, 2019, 8:43 am

    Absolutely delicious! THE BEST!!

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