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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326 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Bonnie September 4, 2017, 4:08 pm

    I made these Ribs today, they were awesome and I did use Baby Rays ‘s Barbecue sauce. My Husband said they were the best he had eaten in a long time. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Roxanne Morgan September 4, 2017, 10:14 am

    Going to try these ribs!!

  • Maryann September 3, 2017, 7:26 pm

    WOW! This is simply the best Rib recipe EVER! Making them tonight, 4th time, I must say these are fall off the bone ribs, every time! My husband is a rib fanatic, and he would never defer from your incredible recipe. Thank you for sharing your incredible recipe! Six stars if I could!

  • bcarter3 September 3, 2017, 1:02 am

    In the past, the only ribs I bought at the market were the pre-cooked, heat-and-eat variety, but last week I noticed fresh uncooked ribs were on sale. I’d never cooked them from scratch before, and figured I’d give it a try. When I did a web search for a recipe, your site turned up. The written directions were clear and easy to follow and the informative video was first rate. So I heated up the oven and got to work. A little more than four hours later, I was dining on some of the tastiest, most tender ribs I’d ever eaten. What a great recipe! What a great technique! I know I’ll be spending a lot of time exploring this site over the next few months. Thanks for the great introduction.

  • Irene September 2, 2017, 9:13 pm

    This recipe is the best, so easy and tasty. When they said “Fall -Off-The-Bone Baked Ribs” they meant it! I’ve never had a Rib recipe that was this good. Thanks

  • Cheryl August 30, 2017, 6:12 pm

    As a Southern cook, I was suspicious about how good these ribs would be. Boy! I had no way if knowing how amazingly easy and equally delicious they would be. My husband, who considers himself a “ribs aficionado”, couldn’t believe how tasty they were. It’s going to be my go-to recipe, especially in winter, for ribs!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Robin August 24, 2017, 7:39 pm

    Seriously the first time I’ve ever made ribs-this was by far the easiest way I would think to do ribs- will be making ribs more often now. I cooked mine for 4 hrs and they cooked perfectly- fell off the bone. Pulled pork would be so easy now. Awesome!

  • Clare August 23, 2017, 6:27 pm

    It is truly fail of the bones ribs and I can sit back and relax. I have followed the instructions at least 3x now but I have used a bottled BBQ sauce.

    • Rachel August 24, 2017, 12:45 pm

      Does the bottled BBQ sauce taste just as good?

      • Joanne August 24, 2017, 1:25 pm

        Hi Rachel, We prefer to make our own sauce for these, but if you have found a bottled sauce you love then go for it!

      • Cheryl August 30, 2017, 6:14 pm

        I used a bottled sauce, Sweet Baby Ray, and they were delicious. Doctor it up if you like for more zing!

      • Jaaon September 2, 2017, 6:32 pm

        Yes… you want to use a heavier sauce for ribs. I highly recommend Rufus Teague you can find it at Whole Foods and I believe Jewel also sells at now

  • 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!

  • Mary Lynn Hurley August 15, 2017, 11:11 pm

    Hello, What is that piece of wood looking thing you have in your oven? Thanks

    • Adam November 15, 2017, 2:56 pm

      Hi Mary, That’s our pizza stone. We always forget to take it out of the oven before preheating.


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