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This amazing 3-ingredient recipe for Baby Back Ribs in the Oven is my favorite. I am desperately in love with this recipe. Ribs do not have to be complicated and this recipe is a perfect example of that. No matter the time of year, you can pull fall off the bone, tender ribs right from your oven. Pair with some Crockpot Mashed Potatoes and a Pea Salad and you have an amazing dinner for any night of the week.
3 Main Ingredients
Can you believe it? With three ingredients and an oven, you’ll have delicious ribs to devour. Here’s everything you’ll need to make baby back ribs in the oven:
- Baby Back Ribs – Pork ribs to be exact! One whole rack of them! If you love tender, delectable meat, this is a recipe for you.
- Grill Seasoning – I used McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning but you can use your favorite grill seasoning! Just make sure it’s on the sweet side.
- BBQ Sauce – I used Stubbs Original BBQ Sauce but feel free to use your personal favorite. My only suggestion is to make sure the seasoning and sauce complement each other in flavor. If you have some extra time, try my homemade BBQ Sauce!
What Else You’ll Need
Now because we are making baby back ribs in the oven, you’ll need a different yet familiar set of supplies as opposed to grilling ribs.
- Baking Sheet – you’re going to want a baking sheet that is large enough to support the whole rack of ribs.
- Basting Brush – I used a silicone brush but if you prefer a natural bristled brush feel free to use that too. I feel as though the silicone brush carries the sauce better without soaking it all up.
- Aluminum Foil – this is for easy cleanup and to tent your ribs.
How to Cook Ribs in the Oven
Season your meat well, wrap in foil, bake your baby back ribs in the oven, then baste with good BBQ Sauce. Right out of the oven, you get juicy and smoky ribs just by seasoning well and finishing under the broiler or on the grill. I make ribs in the oven year-round, but they are particularly tasty in the summer. For full recipe details, take a peek at the recipe card down below!
How to Remove Silverskin
Removing the silverskin membrane is actually so much easier than you think! It seems like it would be intimidating but couldn’t be simpler.
- Turn your rack of ribs over so the back, bonier side is face up.
- Starting at the smaller, narrower end, use a small knife or kitchen shears to slide under the edge of silverskin and get a little flap to grab.
- Using a paper towel, grip the flap you created and pull off. It should come off in one long sheet but if it doesn’t, use the knife to pull up another section and start pulling again.
Season the Ribs
Rub both sides generously with rib rub or seasoning of choice.
Bake the Ribs
Now you can wrap up those ribs with aluminum foil and bake until completely cooked through and tender. Mine were done right at 2 hours 15 minutes. More time in the oven can’t really hurt these guys…they’ll just become extra tender.
Finish by Basting
Baste one side generously with a really good BBQ sauce and broil (or grill) well.
Then…you guessed it! Baste the other side generously and do the same thing again.
Ahhhh, RIBS. That color is gorgeous.
Slice + Serve
Slice those babies into pieces and serve with more BBQ sauce, if that’s your thing.
Any leftover oven-baked ribs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 5 days.
Enjoy those leftovers on a salad, plain, on a taco, or even in a sandwich!
Side Dishes for Ribs
Now that you have meaty heaven waiting to be made, consider also making one of these tasty and refreshing side dishes! Simply prepare while your ribs are in the oven.
- Summer Corn Avocado Basil Salad
- Tangy Baked Beans
- Mexican Street Corn Recipe
- Classic Coleslaw with Homemade Coleslaw Dressing
- Cucumber Salad Recipe
- Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe
Recipe Tips and FAQ:
The silverskin membrane, is a tough layer on the the bone side of your ribs. Removing it allows the flavors to better penetrate the meat and also makes the ribs more tender, so I definitely recommend taking the time to do this.
Wrapping ribs in aluminum foil helps trap the moisture in, resulting in a more tender final product. It also speeds up the cooking process a bit without affecting the tenderness and flavor. Bonus: it makes clean up a breeze!
Baby back ribs are from the top of the ribcage, near the backbone. They are smaller, leaner, and more tender with a delicate flavor. Spare Ribs come from the lower belly section of the ribcage, are larger, meatier, and have a stronger taste due to their higher fat content.
While you might be tempted to microwave your leftover ribs, if you can be patient I highly recommend reheating them in the oven. Wrap your ribs in aluminum foil and bake at 300° F for about 20 minutes.
Try these other meaty recipes!
- Smoked Ribs
- Crockpot Ribs
- Red Wine Short Ribs
- Easy BBQ Pulled Pork
- How To Cook Steak On The Stove
- Uruguayan Asado
- Smoked Pork Butt
Finger-lickin-good. If you need a fab recipe for baking baby back ribs in the oven that is full of flavor and happens to be ridiculously easy, I’ve gotcha covered. If you try this recipe I would LOVE it if you would give it a star review and please leave me a comment…I want to hear all about it! 🙂
Here’s the printable recipe card. Enjoy, friends!
Oven Baked Ribs
- 1 rack pork baby back ribs
- 3-4 tablespoons grill seasoning such as McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce such as Stubbs Original
- Preheat oven to 300° F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Lay ribs onto the baking sheet. Score any tough membranes closest to the bony side of the ribs. Rub generously with grill seasoning. Cover with more foil and crimp edges of the bottom piece with the top piece.
- Bake 2-2 1/2 hours or until thoroughly cooked and tender.
- Remove from oven and baste one side of ribs with bbq sauce. Broil 2-3 minutes or until the sauce starts to brown. Flip over, baste the other side and broil again.
- Remove from oven, add more bbq sauce as needed, cut into pieces and serve.