Making baked ribs in the oven ensures they are fall-off-the-bone tender and incredibly delicious. Literally perfect every single time.
These have been dubbed the “best ribs ever” by almost everyone who has tried them. Below is the step-by-step method I learned from my mom for finger-lickin’ perfection.
5 Secrets for Tender Ribs in The Oven
Perfectly tender ribs are actually easy to make and the secret is in the method below! They’re melt-in-your-mouth tender and flavor packed.
Ingredients for Oven Ribs
RIBS – Baby Back (or Pork Back Ribs) are the best choice, they cook to tender perfection. Although the cost is more, it really makes a difference and in my opinion, it is worth the extra money.
SEASONINGS – These can be simply seasoned with salt & pepper or use the dry rub below. The homemade rib rub below is easy and inexpensive (and not too salty). Start with the mixture below and change it to your liking. Try cumin, cayenne pepper, or dry mustard.
BBQ SAUCE (or not!) – Use a favorite BBQ sauce, try making your own barbecue sauce, or opt-out completely! My husband loves salt & pepper ribs while I love barbecue sauce mixed with chili sauce for zesty and delicious sticky ribs.
The membrane does not have to be removed from the ribs, but I prefer the texture. On the back of a rack of ribs, there is a very thin layer of the membrane (photo above). If you don’t see it, it is sometimes it has already been removed at the store.
How to Remove the Membrane from Ribs
To remove the membrane, slip a knife under the edge of the thin skin on the back of the ribs on one end. Grip the edge of the membrane (use a paper towel if it’s slippery) and gently pull it away from the meat. Discard the membrane.
How to Cook Ribs in the Oven
In this recipe, the ribs are baked sealed, low and slow, for the most melt-in-your-mouth tender meat.
Our favorite side dishes with ribs are corn on the cob and of course Classic Coleslaw and Beans!
How To Check if the Ribs Are Done
Once the ribs have cooked in the oven for at least 2 hours, open a corner of the foil (be careful, steam will come out and it’s very hot). Use a fork to pull off a little piece of meat.
If the meat is not tender, they need MORE time. Seal them back up and add another 20-30 minutes and check again.
If they are ready ahead of time, turn the oven off and let them sit for up to 1 hour if you don’t open the oven. Perfect fall off the bone ribs.
How long to cook ribs in the oven
My preferred method is a low temperature for a longer period of time.
Do you have to remove the membrane?
No, you don’t and some ribs will already have the membrane removed.
What are the best ribs to buy
Baby back ribs or back ribs are the best. They’re so tender and delicious and we prefer them over spare ribs or side ribs.
How do you make ribs tender?
Cooking low and slow as directed in the recipe below ensures they’re perfect every time!
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat them in the oven, microwave, or air fryer.
What to Serve with Ribs
The Best Coleslaw Recipe
Garlic Cheese Toast
Deviled Egg Potato Salad
Creamy Macaroni Salad
The Best Baked Beans
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilling & BBQ
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Tender Oven-Baked Barbecue Ribs
Ribs in the oven are easy to make and come out perfectly tender every single time.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Author Holly Nilsson
Rib Rub (optional)
4.95 from 148 votes
Calories: 447 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 763mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Course Entree, Main Course, Pork
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What is the best season to put on ribs?
The best seasoning to put on ribs to achieve flavorful, fall-off-the-bone tender bites isn't a liquid sauce or a marinade..
Dark brown sugar..
Freshly ground black pepper..
What do you put on ribs before rubbing?
Slather some yellow mustard on first and brush it all over the ribs. Using the yellow mustard not only helps the rub stick to the ribs, but the vinegar helps tenderize the rib meat. Sprinkle some of the spice rub over the ribs, and using your fingers, massage it into the rack.
Is it better to cover ribs in the oven?
Do you bake ribs covered or uncovered? You can cook ribs either covered with foil or uncovered. Foil is used to stop the meat from drying out but is not essential. If cooking uncovered and you notice the meat is drying out or browning too quickly, you can cover with foil for the remaining cook time.