Easy, Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe

Baking low and slow is the secret to these fall-off-the-bone oven baked ribsJump 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.

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 4 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 a generous amount of 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 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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388 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Brandon Weatherspoon September 29, 2017, 2:20 pm

    In the oven now, not really a sauce guy but still will try one with and one without

  • Xuan September 24, 2017, 8:04 pm

    Made them yesterday and making it again today because my family like it so much!

  • Becky Hitt September 23, 2017, 6:58 pm

    They are in the oven as we speak and making my house smell yummy 😊

  • Rick September 22, 2017, 3:40 pm

    Waiting while ours is cooking..

  • Tijana September 22, 2017, 1:24 am

    Can i put maybe two oven trays in the oven at once and set the oven to the fan setting instead of heating from top and bottom so the temperature can be even in the whole oven ? Its just that recipe is SO GOOD that however mush I make it is always little !

    • Joanne November 22, 2017, 4:37 pm

      Hi there, you can definitely cook two trays at once. Using the fan is a good idea, but not entirely necessary. If you are worried about even cooking, you can rotate the trays halfway through cooking.

  • Lana September 21, 2017, 1:04 am

    Hello all, first of all let me just say WOW! These are the best baby back ribs I have ever had but I have a question. I am having a group of 6 people oven soon and I need to make this one – two hours prior to dinner, how can I keep them warm ? In the oven ? At what temperature ? Thank you !

    • Lana September 21, 2017, 2:06 am

      DO I bake them in the oven, let them sit for 2 hours and then glaze them and broil them or do I do it all at once and let it stay warm in the oven ?

    • Joanne November 22, 2017, 4:21 pm

      Hi Lana, I’d keep them covered in foil and keep the oven around 170 to 200F.

  • Trish R September 20, 2017, 9:03 pm

    These were amazing!

  • meghan September 20, 2017, 11:19 am

    Can I make the same recipe with pork side ribs centre cut removed? Is there any time or temperature differences to take into consideration? Thank you!! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Joanne November 22, 2017, 5:04 pm

      Hi Meghan, This recipe works with most cuts of ribs. Happy cooking!

  • Kiyana September 14, 2017, 12:14 am

    My family loooooooved these ribs. They truly fell off the bone. I used Kosher Sauce, and fresh cracked ground pepper, then I put some punctures in the meat and added a bit of liquid smoke before I put the ribs in the oven. I typically use Sweet Baby Rays but I was all out today so I made the sauce recipe. I will never use bottled sauce again. It was phenomenal!

  • Ann September 8, 2017, 5:28 pm

    Great recipe, thank you! This was easy, delicious, and fall-off-the-bone perfect. If I double the recipe, can I cook the ribs in the oven at the same time? Should I increase the temp or cooking time?

    • Joanne September 8, 2017, 6:06 pm

      Both racks should cook in the same amount of time. There should not be any need to increase the temperature.


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