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! Jump to the Oven-Baked Ribs Recipe

Fall of the Bone Ribs

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!

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 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 (this juicy skillet pork chop recipe 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 our homemade bacon bourbon barbecue sauce (it’s decadent and delicious!). We use that sauce for our bacon bourbon 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

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! I love our Creamy Potato Salad, but when I’m looking for something a little bit lighter, I turn to this Mayo-free Herby Potato Salad. These Crispy Roasted Potatoes or even mashed potatoes are also excellent options. Here are our recipes for Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Pasta salad is a favorite around here. For a veggie-packed salad, try our Easy Pasta Salad or for a creamier salad, I love this Easy Creamy 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 these homemade dressings: Honey Mustard, Creamy Blue Cheese, or try my favorite Homemade Ranch.

More Popular Pork Recipes

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

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

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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.

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

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° 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. 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).

    Cover 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
    • 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 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
        • Store 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.

          To 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

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1118 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jim May 31, 2016, 6:44 am

    Easy and fall off the bone were both understatement. These were terrific!!! I hate having to knaw on ribs to get any meat from them. Half of the meat usually ends up in the garbage along with the bones. It a waste. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

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  • Sharon May 5, 2016, 2:56 pm

    These were just fine. I’m not really a fan of ribs just falling off the bone and ending up with a pile of loose meat, so I started doing a “bend” test about 2/3 the way through. Pick up the rack with tongs and see how much it bends. You should see some tearing away of the meat, but not just fall right off!

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  • Ron May 2, 2016, 1:29 pm

    Moving from a house into a smaller apartment, I had to give up my beloved barbecue smoker. This recipe isn’t as good as smoked ribs, but they come pretty darned close! Low and slow is ALWAYS the answer! And the sauce recipe is easy, simple and tasty! Thanks so much! I WILL be doing this again!

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  • Kelly April 28, 2016, 9:32 pm

    They were so good and easy to make. My boyfriend loved them and yes, they fell off the bone and were so tender. The sauce was so good on them.

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  • Mike April 21, 2016, 4:42 pm

    I didn’t make the sauce I used chipotle pepper Tabasco garlic and a garlic and pepper McCormick rub on marinade let them sit in fridge overnight followed rest of instruction. Fall of the bone you look at them the wrong way they fell apart. Oh and last 10 minutes I slathered on a mayple BBQ sauce threw in a smoker box on BBQ full of mesquite wood chips 10 star freaken delicious Glad I know about the membrane

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  • Tony Dominick April 10, 2016, 4:25 pm

    Just making these ribs for first time in oven on 275 degrees cooking them for 3 1/2 hours, hope they come out delis . Thanks for the tip.

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    • Mike April 21, 2016, 4:45 pm

      Bet they rocked

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  • Theresa Oprondek April 7, 2016, 10:06 pm

    My fiancé and I give this recipe 5 stars! He said they were better than Famous Dave’s, which is saying a lot!! We used a different sauce but the ribs alone were pretty awesome!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  • Sylvia March 31, 2016, 1:45 am

    I give this recipe 5 stars. I have never made ribs before, my hubby usually does and has failed to master them although he has tried more than once. These ribs where so falling off the bone almost too much, I cooked them for 3 & 1/2 hours and when I took them out to spread the barbecue sauce the rack was literally falling apart. I used my favorite sweet & spicy sirancha sauce I get at the local trader joes market and boy where they a hit. A keeper for sure. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe,I love cooking for my family when I have time and love it even more when the food comes out delicious:)

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  • Serina March 25, 2016, 3:51 pm

    This is one of the first easy recipe i have found to make my ribs so juicy and delicious. Thanks guys for sharing. I am so glad you did. It was an amazing presentation with instructions and easy to understand steps. Thanks a million.

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  • Gabrielle March 21, 2016, 11:43 pm

    Omg, my husband and 4year old loved the ribs from this receipt that I made tonight. Not only was it simple but it was delicious!!! Thanks Adam for sharing!!

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  • Kia March 18, 2016, 10:19 am

    Best Ribs I ever made and barely did any work.

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  • Steve McLaughlin February 15, 2016, 4:39 am

    The best instructions I’ve ever seen on making ribs. The video was a great touch as well. This, of the many rib recipes I have, is the best by far. I will be using it as my go-to for great ribs from now on. As a guy that loves to smoke my ribs, this time of year is just too cold for my old bones. Thanks Joanne!

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  • Tony k February 7, 2016, 5:17 am

    Hi, I’m confused. I want to cook a 2 1/2 lb rack of baby back ribs in the oven today for the super bowl game. I’ve been looking at many sites for proper cooking times and temps. A lot of different opinions when it comes to that subject. Your recipe calls for 275 f for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. I’ve seen others at 225 ,250 and 275 and all say roughly 2 to 2 1/2 hours . The reviews on your site are positive but so are the others. Cooking methods are similar. I’m wondering about the time difference. Is there something I’m not understanding? Thanks

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  • Nancy Belanger January 30, 2016, 9:30 am

    I would like to comment on the membrane issue. When you purchase your ribs in the meat department, all you have to do is ask the butcher to remove the membrane and they are always happy to do it.

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  • Cindydamnrella January 28, 2016, 4:06 pm

    This is my go to recipe for ribs! I am now known for the amazing ribs I prepare for my friends and family. Delicious, moist fall of the bone. So easy to make too. People think OMG you slaved all day. Nope not really. The hardest part is getting that stupid membrane off. I wish the stores would sell it with part removed it would be even easier!

    Thanks for a great video and recipe. I know you posted this 5 years ago but I am just now after two years of using your recipe finally saying thank you!

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