Oven Baked Ribs

These Oven Baked Ribs is the easiest rib recipe you’ll ever make. Rubbed with a simple but flavourful spice rub, slathered with a barbecue sauce, and baked low and slow in the oven, you’ll love this super tender oven baked ribs recipe.

Want to make ribs for game day but don’t have fancy equipment? Not to worry because these oven baked ribs will knock your socks off. While I’ve made Instant Pot Ribs, Instant Pot Short Ribs Recipe, and Slow Cooker Ribs, this oven baked rib is a simple equipment-free method that is just as moist and delicious. All you need is a simple baking sheet and some tin foil!

Want more delicious oven baked recipes? Try my Easy Oven Pork Chop Recipe, Oven Baked SalmonSalt and Pepper Chicken Wings, Baked Chicken Breast Recipe, or my Garlic Butter Baked Tilapia Recipe.

Oven baked ribs on top of a cutting board.

Let’s talk about this spice rub. The spice rub on these oven baked ribs are so finger-licking good. The spices are simple but when combined and rubbed onto the ribs, they are divine. On top of that, the optional chili powder adds such a great kick to it. I recommend you try it with the chili powder!

These really are the BEST ribs and you’re going to wonder why you haven’t been making ribs this method more often.

What Ribs Do I Buy for Oven Baked Ribs?

Baby Back Ribs vs Spare Ribs vs St. Louis-style Ribs

There are three types of ribs: baby back ribs, spare ribs, and St. Louis-style ribs. They all have their pros and cons but my favourite to use are the baby back ribs. While baby back ribs are a little small than the other two, they have more meat on them as well as being less fatty due to being from the loin region. Spare ribs are from the pork belly so if you prefer fattier ribs, that’s your rib of choice!

Baby back ribs do cost a little bit more but I think that it’s worth it. If you can’t find baby back ribs, you can use the other types but you might have to adjust the time a bit. They’re all just as delicious so not to worry if you need to swap with different types of ribs for this oven baked ribs recipe.

Preparing the Ribs to be Baked

Before we do any cooking or seasoning the ribs, we should always remove the membrane. You’ll see in the photo below that the membrane is very thin and located on the back of the ribs. It only takes a few seconds to remove and it helps make your ribs more flavourful and keeping it on will give the ribs a tough texture.

To remove the membrane:

  • Slide a butter knife under the membrane and over a bone.
  • Then lift and loosen the membrane until it tears.
  • Grip the membrane and pull it off.

Close up of a rack of oven baked ribs.

How to Bake Ribs in the Oven

Ingredients

  • Baby back pork ribs
  • Beef broth
  • Sugar-free Barbecue Sauce or your favourite store-bought sauce.
  • For the rub: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, cracked black pepper, cumin, and chili.

Set of three photos showing membrane being removed from the ribs and then the dry rub being combined.

Instructions

Prepare the Equipment

  • Preheat oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Remove the Membrane and Apply the Rub

  • Peel off tough membrane on the back of the ribs.
  • In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, cumin and chili powder.

Bake the Ribs

  • Place the ribs on prepared baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake until very tender, 2 hours.
  • Set the oven to broil. Remove foil from ribs and brush both sides with barbecue sauce. Broil until sauce just starts to caramelize, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Close photo of moist baby back oven baked ribs.

Oven Baked Ribs Recipe FAQs

Do You Have to Wrap Ribs in Foil in the Oven?

It is very common to wrap the baby back ribs in aluminum when cooking ribs in the oven but some people skip this step. I personally suggest you keep it wrapped so that the ribs don’t dry out in the oven. The foil helps prevents surface evaporation from the ribs and helps keep it moist.

What’s the Best Barbecue Sauce for Ribs?

I use a bbq sauce from Primal Kitchen that is sugar-free, making it keto-friendly and low carb. You are more than welcomed to use whatever bbq you have on hand or a homemade barbecue sauce.

How Do I Make These Ribs Spicy?

To make these oven baked ribs spicy, you can add extra chili powder or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the rub. You can also use a spicy barbecue sauce instead of a regular one.

How Do I Store Leftover Ribs?

If you have leftover ribs, simply place them in an airtight container and store it in your fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat the ribs in the microwave or oven.

Can I Freeze Leftover Oven Baked Ribs?

You can freeze these oven baked ribs once they’ve been cooked! After they’re done cooking, let them cool to room temperature before packing them up in an airtight bag or container. Freeze them for up to three months and when ready to enjoy, thaw the frozen cooked ribs overnight in the fridge before reheating. Reheat them in the microwave or in the oven.

What Can I Serve with These Oven Baked Ribs?

Some of my favourite side dishes to serve with my oven baked ribs are:

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Oven Baked Ribs

These Oven Baked Ribs is the easiest rib recipe you'll ever make. Rubbed with a simple but flavourful spice rub, slathered with a barbecue sauce, and baked low and slow in the oven, you'll love this super tender oven baked ribs recipe.
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

For the ribs

For the rub

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • It’s important to peel off the membrane on the back of the ribs to bring more flavor to the ribs. You remove it by sliding a dull knife under the membrane and over a bone. Then, just lift and loosen the membrane until it tears. Grip the membrane and pull it away.
  • In a small glass bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, cumin and chili powder. Sprinkle seasoning and rub it front and back of the ribs.
  • Place the ribs on prepared baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake until very tender, 2 hours.
  • Set the oven to broil. Remove foil from ribs and brush both sides with barbecue sauce. Broil until sauce just starts to caramelize, 2 to 4 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

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Serving: 1/2, Calories: 752kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 59g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Sodium: 1486mg, Potassium: 260mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g

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