Oven Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Oven Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs cut on a cutting board

These oven baked BBQ baby back ribs are cooked low , slow and fall off the bone tender. They have the perfect smoky spice combination and is topped with a sweet BBQ sauce of your choice. Smoked baby back ribs are one my favorite things my husband cooks on the pit but the last time he was deployed I had a few failed attempts at duplicating them. Mostly I just didn’t have the patients nor the time back then to master the pit. I still had three grade school aged boys that kept me busy and watching the pit wasn’t in my agenda. So , I started experimenting with oven baked ribs and I figured out this was so easy. Delicious ribs and easy , it was a win win . The only bad thing was my oven was tied up so I couldn’t make baked beans but that’s ok Boiled Corn and Pea Salad goes with these ribs perfectly and no oven needed .

Items needed to make Oven Baked Ribs:

  • An oven -obviously LOL
  • One Rack of Baby Back Ribs
  • Baking Sheet 
  • Foil- click here to see the one I like , it is stronger
  • Chef’s knife 
  • Brown sugar
  • Seasoning-salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika, onion and garlic powder
  • BBQ sauce of choice-we like Sweet Baby Ray’s
  • Honey
  • Cutting Board


Commonly asked questions :

Do I have to remove the membrane?

No you don’t BUT removing the membrane not only allows the flavors to penetrate the meat , It also allow the meat to be tender and fall off the bone .

Can I cook more than one rack of ribs at a time?

YES you can, I have cooked 2 at one time and the cooking time is still the same.

Can I cook it at a higher temp so it will cook faster?

NO, they will be cooked but they won’t be tender. LOW and SLOW is the game here.

Do I have to add the honey to the BBQ sauce?

No you can skip it but the Honey just helps the caramelizing of the meat


Let’s Make Oven Baked Ribs!


Ingredients for Oven Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Gather your ingredients then wash and pat dry the ribs.

Taking the thin membrane off the back of the ribs

Remove the membrane by starting with the meat side down and use a knife to start a little flab of the thin membrane. Once you have a little bit of it up slowly run your fingers under it to disconnect it from the entire boney side.

Seasoning and brown sugar mixture

In a bowl mix together the brown sugar and seasonings.

uncooked ribs in foil with seasoning spread on thwmOn a baking sheet place a large enough piece of foil for the ribs . Liberally spread the brown sugar mixture on both sides of the ribs.

Ribs wrapped in foil ready to go in the oven

Seal the top and the sides of the foil by bringing it up and folding it over. Place the foil wrapped ribs on the baking sheet in the preheated oven for 3 hours.

Ribs being basted with BBQ sauce

After 3 hours pull the ribs out of the oven and carefully open the foil and baste the ribs with a honey and BBQ mixture.  Broil them on high for five minutes or until the sauce is caramelized.

Sliced Oven Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Allow the ribs to rest for ten minute and then slice between the bones. Be careful because the bones will slide right out of the meat.

Rib bone pulled out of the meat

Fall off the bone Good !!



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Oven Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

These oven baked BBQ baby back ribs are cooked low , slow and fall off the bone tender. They have the perfect spice combo and topped with BBQ sauce.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American/Southern
Servings 5


  • 1 Rack Baby Back Ribs
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of BBQ-Your favorite
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Honey


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees
  • Rinse ribs and pat dry
  • Remove the thin membrane on the boney side of the ribs
  • In a bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients and set aside
  • On a baking sheet place large enough piece of foil for the ribs , the foil will need to be large enough to seal at the top and ends
  • First place the ribs meat side down in the center of the foil and rub the 1/4 -1/2 of the seasoning mixture on the boney side of the ribs
  • Flip the ribs over and rub the rest of the mixture on the meaty side of the ribs
  • Seal the top and the sides of the foil by bringing it up and folding it over
  • Place the foil wrapped ribs on the baking sheet in the preheated oven for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours pull the ribs out of the oven and carefully open the foil
  • In a bowl mix together BBQ sauce of your choice and 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • Brush BBQ sauce on the meaty side of the ribs
  • Broil on High for about 5 minutes or until the BBQ sauce is slightly caramelized
  • Remove them from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes
  • Slice the ribs between the bones.


You can use either light or brown sugar
I recommend smoked paprika but regular paprika can be used in its place


Serving: 2g
Keyword baby back rib recipe, Oven baked ribs, pork rib recipe
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3 years ago

awesome recipe and awesome technique to cook the ribs. This is well explained and looks doable too.

Silvia Martinez
Silvia Martinez
3 years ago

These baby back ribs look delicious! I love baking ribs slow until getting that super tender meat. I feel that I need to go to the store and buy a rack of them.

Heidy L. McCallum
Heidy L. McCallum
3 years ago

These oven-baked BBQ baby back ribs were seriously so flavorful and tender they were falling off the bone. If I could, I would rate these a ten instead of a 5–looking forward to trying a few other recipes on your blog.

3 years ago

These ribs look finger linkin’ good! Going to have to try this recipe at our next barbecue.

3 years ago

This is an awesome recipe to try! Had this the other day and we all loved how it turned out. In one word…fingerlickinlicious!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan
Sandhya Ramakrishnan
3 years ago

Those are some great tips and love the rub spices and ingredients. These are great for summer grilling.

Amy Casey
3 years ago

We are having a crowd for Memorial Day so I am saving this recipe for the weekend. I love that the ribs bake in the oven ~ no babysitting them on the grill.

Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

I am drooling over these ribs!! I am saving this recipe to make over the long weekend. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

3 years ago

This recipe looks absolutely delicious! the flavouring and combinations has me drooling and really craving this dish. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Briana from Texas
Briana from Texas
2 years ago

I made these ribs tonight for my family and they are so awesome! This was my first time making ribs and my family says this recipe is a keeper! Thank you for sharing this.

1 month ago

5 stars
After my husband died, I wanted my southern family’s pulled pork. I made the rub (quite similar to this recipe minus cumin and more red pepper) and my husband smoked the pork shoulder on Big Green Egg. So I thought mm low and slow in the oven could work. So I set the temp to 220 and put the pork on a rack in a covered roaster at 7p. I checked it at 8a the next morning and took it out at 11a. Made my southern family’s sauce recipe, pulled the pork, put the sauce on and fed the workers fixing my house before I sold it. They all said was the best pulled pork they have had! So baking in oven works!