How To Cook Ribs In The Oven

Sometimes, when grilling is not an option, people search for ways how to cook ribs in the oven. Maybe it is wintertime (or raining). Perhaps you do not own a grill, or live in an apartment complex where grilling is not allowed. No matter, you can cook ribs in the oven. Whether you are preparing beef or pork ribs, you can use the following recipe to make some of the most succulent, fall-off-the-bone ribs you can imagine. If you have ever wondered how to cook ribs in the oven, wonder no more! Feel free to experiment with the recipe and modify it to suit your own tastes. In other words, try out different spices to see what you like the best. Garlic, pepper, salt, and meat tenderizer are the usual suspects when it comes to seasoning, however, paprika, tumeric, and other spices can be used depending on your personal taste.

Marinating the ribs is optional, but will help tenderize the meat and provide additional moisture in the finished product. You can purchase commercially prepared marinades, or use Italian salad dressing.


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • 6 tablespoons Rib Rub, recipe follows
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • Barbecue Sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 7 tablespoons of paprika
  • 3 tablespoons of cayenne
  • 5 tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons of onion powder
  • 6 tablespoons of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons of dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar   
  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container for later use.
  2. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees farhenheit and line a large baking sheet with a piece of sturdy aluminum foil large enough to cover the pan twice as you will fold the foil over the ribs to seal them.
  3. Peel off the tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs. Trust me, do not skip this step.
  4. Put the ribs on the baking sheet in one layer. In a small bowl, combine the Rib Rub, salt, pepper, and celery salt and stir to combine all ingredients. Divide the seasoning evenly among both slabs of ribs, coating thoroughly on both sides. Fold the sides of the foil over the ribs and seal tightly on all sides. Put the ribs in the oven and bake, undisturbed, for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until ribs are very tender.
  5. Remove the ribs from the oven and peel back the foil so that the ribs are exposed. Using a pastry brush, the back of a spoon, or whatever you have available, coat the ribs lightly on the meaty sides with barbecue sauce. Return them to the oven until the sauce is thickened and lightly browned. This should be about 20 minutes longer. Remove your ribs from the oven and put them aside to cool briefly before cutting between the ribs and serving. Serve with additional barbecue sauce, if desired.

Tips: Put water or beer in the bottom of the pan, enough to give it a depth of about one fourth inch. The liquid will create steam that will keep the ribs moist and keep the bottom of the pan and foil from burning. This also lowers the actual cooking temperature so make sure to cook your ribs slow until they are falling off the bone.  

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