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

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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 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.

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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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382 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Rose June 14, 2018, 10:29 am

    Amazing recipe! Delicious and super easy! I made two racks of ribs and used your BBQ sauce recipe on one, and bottled sauce on the other. I will never buy commercial BBQ sauce again! I found a winner! I will definitely make again!

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  • Pam June 11, 2018, 3:11 am

    I am making the ribs right now and have another hour and 53 minutes to go! Also, I had a challenging time removing the membrane and didn’t want to handle the meat more than necessary. Will give you a review after it’s done!

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  • Susan June 8, 2018, 6:16 pm

    Made these ribs for the first time. They turned out great! Cooked the ribs for only three hours. They were very “fall off the bone” tender. Cooked them in a roasting pan with a can of dark beer on the bottom and covered with the lid. Added smoked paprika for the smokiness and chipotle chili powder for a bit more heat to the BBQ sauce and used a spicy Thai chili sauce in place of the hot chili sauce (that’s what I had in the fridge!) My husband liked this BBQ sauce better than our usual chicken and rib BBQ sauce!! Will definitely make these ribs again!!!

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  • Bobbie June 1, 2018, 3:39 pm

    These were the best ribs I’ve ever had. I let mine cook for the full 4 hours. I used a different BBQ sauce however. They were so tender they almost fell apart when I flipped them to brush on the BBQ sauce. No need to pick these babies up to eat, the meat all falls off with barely any effort with a fork. The only issue I had was with removing the membrane. I used a paper towel but when I’d tear it off only a small portion would tear off at a time. That was very frustrating for me because I have a hard time with handling meat, it made me a little nauseated just handling it for so long trying to remove it. There were a few pieces that were left on and it wasn’t bad. It didn’t affect the tenderness of the meat on the parts that I didn’t remove. I’ll definitely be making this again. Just wish I knew where I can get ribs with the membrane already removed besides Costco.

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  • Mark Zukowski May 30, 2018, 2:16 pm

    It was Great, thanks

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  • Cindy Smith May 29, 2018, 3:48 pm

    This is the first time I’ve ever made ribs. I didn’t know I was supposed to cut off the membrane on the back of ribs but I will remove it shortly. They’ve been marinating w/ my recipe from Rachael Ray’s grill show. They’ve now been cooking in oven at 225 F low & slow. My DH will be home at 4 pm from a trip. I hope they will be delicious.

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    • Patsy May 31, 2018, 8:30 am

      Hi Cindy. I’m just curious as to how your ribs came out because you said that you cooked yours at 225 degrees and the recipe said to cook them at 275 degrees. I’m assuming that they just took a little longer to cook? 😋

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  • Shawn Jimenez May 28, 2018, 10:25 pm

    Turned out great! Fell off the bone! Thanks!

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  • Natalie May 28, 2018, 3:46 pm

    These were so easy to prepare and I had everything in my pantry. Will never buy bottled BBQ sauce again.

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  • pete fritz May 26, 2018, 6:03 pm

    all I can say is thank you. unreal ,have never had such a meal come out of my kitchen! thank you for sharing. soooo good

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  • Yolanda May 20, 2018, 8:40 pm

    It was just as you said easy and delicious first time cooking ribs in oven. Thanks and keep the recipes coming.

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