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

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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739 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Ron Hill July 2, 2020, 2:27 pm

    I have done my ribs this way for 20 years. This is a cannot-fail recipe. Try rubbing brown sugar on them before you cook them. It will add carmelization that is wonderful.

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  • Ilxe July 1, 2020, 9:41 am

    I’m agree best ribs recipe…we enjoyed every bite…and easy to make just you need time..rainy day perfect to do that

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  • Marcia A June 27, 2020, 2:59 pm

    I have these in the oven now for tonight – can’t wait! One slight change I plan to make: I’ve read warnings from Pyrex that while strong, Pyrex is not meant to withstand heat from a broiler. So I’ll transfer these to a cookie sheet to broil. I’m so excited to taste them!

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  • Janice June 26, 2020, 7:30 pm

    I made these ribs exactly as written and OMG they were the most delicious ribs I have every made. I look forward to making they ribs again.

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  • Jana L June 24, 2020, 6:31 pm

    These are the best ribs I’ve ever made. And the easiest. Definitely make their sauce; it’s amazing. Have made several times for the fam.

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  • Buffalo Gal in the Mountains June 24, 2020, 2:23 pm

    Used this recipe the first time I ever made ribs- amazing and so easy. Thanks!

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  • Allison Henry June 22, 2020, 2:53 pm

    I made these yesterday after a quick search on oven baked ribs. These are delicious! My family was amazed and we all decided they are better than the ribs from our favorite bbq joint. The sauce was also incredible. I did add a dry rub with a few more spices (onion powder, garlic powder, paprika) in addition to the salt and pepper, but every thing else I did exactly as written. Wonderful!

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  • HIGirl June 21, 2020, 5:09 pm

    I use this recipe all the time and my ribs come out perfect after four hours.

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  • Aly June 20, 2020, 4:41 pm

    Making these ribs for the 3rd time tonight, they’re SO GOOD. I actually don’t use the sauce recipe because My family prefers rubbed ribs, but before reading this recipe I had no idea how to cook ribs. I used to BOIL them and crisp them up in the oven. I know, lock me up and throw away the key. But never in my life have I heard that removing the membrane was the key to super tender ribs. It’s a little tidbit of advice that I now give to everyone I know. Low and slow is definitely the key and I’ll remember these helpful tips for the rest of my days. Thanks!

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  • Elaine Winn June 17, 2020, 1:34 pm

    I prepared your spareribs recipe tonight and it was an absolute hit! My son and daughter-in-law could not get over how tasty and tender they were. I made a baked vegetable side dish that was the perfect touch, adding color to the dinner plate! Listening to the contented Yums was a delightful experience for me! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Russ June 17, 2020, 11:47 am

    I had other rib recipes that my family loved. But when I introduced them to this Fall-off-the-bone way of making ribs, all the other favorites paled by comparison. This is EASILY the BEST way to make ribs; it’s the ONLY way I do them now.

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  • Suteera June 17, 2020, 7:07 am

    Thank you so much to share this recipe to all of us. I accidentally bought 2 bigggggg… bags of pork libs during the COVID-19 pandemic and have no idea how to cook it. I never cooked pork libs before. I found your easy recipe and tried it. The sauce is just so simple and very tasty with the libs. OMG it so delicioussssss !!!!!! My husband and I love it a lot. I’m going to make it again today.

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  • D.W. June 16, 2020, 2:50 pm

    I made your ribs last night and they were so good. I used my dad’s rib rub recipe, baked them for 3.5 hours, and then finished them on the grill with your sauce. It was delicious and your sauce was flavorful without being overly sweet and sticky. It was perfect and really enhanced the flavor of the ribs. Thank you! I will never use store bought bbq sauce on ribs again when I can easily make your sauce with ingredients I already have!

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  • Victor Lee June 14, 2020, 9:14 pm

    My father always taught me that the simpler, the better. This recipe, I had to try twice, to be sure… my family loves the flavour. And the pork taste is amazing. My modification, I cut the ribs into 2 or 3 ribs per piece, and slice part way through so that the ribs would separate easier. Thanks for the amazing recipe. Particularly, great sauce!

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  • Harriet June 7, 2020, 12:54 pm

    Making the spareribs. Waiting to see and taste the results.

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