Tender, Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs Recipe

Updated on January 25, 2018
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Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs
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Recipe for BBQ Ribs Baked in the Oven

According to a 2007 poll conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 77 percent of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker. But what if you're among the 23% who doesn't own a grill? Are you doomed to a bleak existence, void of the comfort of homemade barbecue ribs?

Imagine you're a Midwesterner transplanted in Phoenix and barbecue restaurants are far and few between. Are you out of luck? Or visualize another scenario: it's the dead of winter. Tree limbs, heavy with ice, look like actors bowing during an encore. You can't imagine braving the cold, let alone trudging through the snow drifts that separate you from your barbecue grill. But you can't stop thinking about tender, saucy, melt-in-your-mouth ribs.

Take heart! Although barbecuing is synonomous to grilling in the United States, the original definition of "barbecue" was to slow-cook meat over an indirect heat source, such as in a pit heated with charcoal or wood. This method was developed to tenderize tough cuts of meat. Although your Master Griller may beg to differ, it's not a sacrilege to roast ribs in the oven. Any time of year, almost anywhere you live, you can enjoy a finger-licking barbecue feast.

The first challenge: find an irresistible barbecue sauce. Please check out Top Five Regional BBQ Sauce Recipes and make your selection before proceeding with the recipe.


4.6 stars from 10 ratings of Oven-baked BBQ Ribs

Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 30 min
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds pork or beef spareribs or country-style pork ribs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup paprika, smoked if available
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder, chipotle if available
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne (optional)
  • your favorite barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine sugars and spices.
  2. Pour rub on both sides of ribs. Wrap ribs in aluminum foil, in a single layer, and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. You should have two foil packets.
  3. The next day, remove ribs from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  4. Open foil packets and pour about one cup of barbecue sauce over each slab of ribs. Carefully re-seal foil packets. Place ribs on two baking sheets and slide into preheated oven, on oven racks in the highest position.
  5. After ribs have baked for an hour, flip them over.
  6. After ribs have baked another hour, open foil packets. Pour another cup of barbecue sauce over each slab of ribs and return them to the oven, uncovered.
  7. Bake ribs for one more hour, basting every 20 minutes with more barbecue sauce if so desired.
  8. Serve ribs with extra sauce on the side.
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Dry rub
Dry rub
leave dry-rubbed ribs overnight in the fridge
leave dry-rubbed ribs overnight in the fridge
homemade BBQ sauce
homemade BBQ sauce
ribs hot from the oven
ribs hot from the oven

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    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      There's always more to write about BBQ! It's a fascinating subject and each region has its own BBQ methods and sauce styles. Here in Peru there is definitely no BBQ, so I've learned to make it at home. I agree, 100+ is way too hot to BBQ outside. I hope you enjoy the recipe and thank you for taking the time to comment!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Tammyswallow, some of the best BBQ is from the South and I agree, off the bone is delicious. I wrote a hub on 5 different BBQ sauces from the various regions of the US. Of course, the Carolinas and Texas are included. Thank you for coming by!

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      Valerie Washington 

      5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      You beat me, you beat me!!!LOL. I'm working on my BBQ recipe for a hub too...hahaha....and you're right, there are hardly any good BBQ restaurants out here in the Phoenix area and the ones that are good are wayyyyyyy overpriced. I'm from Michigan originally and my fiancée is from Mississippi, so we know a thing or two about BBQ. It's much too hot out here most days (100+ degrees) to BBQ outside, so the oven is definitely the way to go! Great hub! Voted up and pinned to Pinterest!!

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      Tammy 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is gorgeous and it looks delicious. I LOVE ribs. I live in Southern, USA and here barbeque is popular. The meat is taken off the bone and dressed. I just prefer to eat them this way. Fabulous photos!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Daisydayz, my hubby is also a BBQ rib lover. Thank you for your comment!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      PegCole17, thank you for coming over. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and hope you enjoy it!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      6 years ago from Cardiff

      Oh these sound yummy, know the hubby would love them!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This sounds wonderful and the way you've described the process makes me want to do the next batch of ribs in the oven. So much easier than standing out in the sun over a hot grill! Thanks for the recipe and mouth watering pictures.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Skye2day, nice to meet a fellow BBQ lover. Thank you for coming by and for linking!

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      skye2day 

      6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Oh Yummy. Thank you for posting this. Love the BarBQue but the oven works fine as well. I have bookmarked and linked out. I love checking our the wonderful hubber cooks tips and recipes. My kind of cooking easy. Love n hugs Cheers to you.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Peggy W, thank you for the share and for your kind words. Sometimes it's just not worth braving the weather when the same job can be done in the kitchen!

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Viking305, it's always nice to hear from you. Enjoy the BBQ sauce!

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      L M Reid 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Ahh Beef spare ribs from the BBQ, what could be tastier. I like your sauce recipe and I am going to make it next time for my ribs.

      Shared and voted 5 stars

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love your wording..."Or visualize another scenario: it's the dead of winter. Tree limbs, heavy with ice, look like actors bowing during an encore." Very descriptive way of describing why an oven roasting method of preparing barbecued ribs might be a better option. Sounds delicious! Voted useful and SHARING.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thanks for your comment, Mhatter99!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      i'm there!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      LetitiaFT, I'm so glad you can use the recipe. We're in the same situation...apartment dwelling ex-pats with no BBQ sauce...and this recipe satisfies my craving for ribs. Enjoy!

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      LetitiaFT 

      6 years ago from Paris via California

      This looks like just the BBQ recipe I've been looking for as an apartment dwelling expat in a city where decent bottled barbecue sauce is hard to come by. Looking forward to trying it!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thank you, Dolores Monet, for your comment and enjoy the delicious ribs!

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      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Sounds delish! I am going to oven bake some ribs tommorow! Thanks for the tip!

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      6 years ago from Maine

      This sounds so delicious, a must try! I bet the meat just falls off of the bone. Great recipe!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thanks for your vote of confidence alocsin!

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wow, this is great -- the cumin, cayenne and chili should add an interesting flavor. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thank you for commenting, jenubouka. I love baking ribs in the oven and my husband loves eating them!

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      jenubouka 

      6 years ago

      Awesome recipe Vespa! Slow and low cooking is the way to go, your ribs look so good....so good.

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