Easy Baby Back Ribs in Oven

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These tender fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs are baked in the oven in a delicious barbecue sauce. Add your favorite sides for the perfect Southern supper.

Oven-baked baby back ribs served with sides.

I’ve always loved ribs but growing up my dad was the one who made them. He’d spend hours outside around a hot grill or smoker, basting and fussing with them until perfection was reached. They sure were good. But I’m on my own now and daddy lives an hour away. When a rib craving hits I’m not about to stand over a hot grill for hours on end. Instead, I make them the easy way and am just as happy with the results.

Now there are countless ways to make juicy ribs and there is never a shortage of folks to tell you that their way is the only right way to do things. But the way I see it, your kitchen = your rules. So today I’m gonna show you how to cheat at ribs. No grill and no sweat needed, but you’ll still end up with fall-off-the-bone juicy results.

Intrigued? Let me tell you, tender baby back ribs in the oven are a game changer. All you need is a rack of ribs, some barbecue sauce, and a little bit of time. This is such an easy baby back ribs recipe to make and the results speak for themselves. Add your favorite Southern side dishes (I’ve included lots of options below) and you have the perfect supper, at least in my books!

Ingredients for baby back ribs in oven.

Recipe Ingredients

How to Make Baby Back Ribs in Oven

Remove white membrane from back of ribs.

Now the trick is to remove that white membrane on the back of the ribs because that will help them be all nice and tender when they cook and when eatin’ time comes.

The way I do this is to slice into it with a sharp knife and then grab it and pull it off as best I can.

Removing the white membrane from the ribs.

This is me removing a good bit of it.

There is still some left but at least I got the main layer off. Sometimes I have better luck than others but as long as you get the majority of it you’ll be fine.

Just think: cavemen made ribs. They can’t be that complex to prepare.

Baste ribs with half of the bbq sauce.

Now you’ll notice that I have the rack of ribs laying on a baking sheet I’ve lined with aluminum foil. This is important because we are fixing to baste them and seal them up all nice and tight.

Baste both sides of them using half of your bbq sauce. We’ll use the other half after they cook for a while.

Ribs basted in bbq sauce.

There we go, all ready for the oven!

Cover ribs in foil and bake.

Now seal that up really well. Don’t be skimpy on the tin foil here!

Bake in a 300-degree oven for 2 hours.

Remove from oven and open foil.

Remove from oven and open foil.

Baste baby back with remaining sauce and bake in oven, uncovered, for another hour.

Baste generously with the rest of your sauce on just the top.

Return to oven, leaving the foil opened like this, for another hour or until that sauce is nice and thick.

Baby back ribs straight out of the oven.

Oh goodness, this smells so good. Gotta love some sticky pork ribs.


My husband, who normally does not care for ribs, ate three helpings of these!


  • Store leftover pork ribs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 300-degree oven or air fryer until heated through. You might want to add some extra sauce.
  • You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating as above.

Recipe Notes

Some baby back rib recipes include a dry rub before the bbq sauce for added flavor. If you want to add one, here’s an easy homemade dry rub recipe, but you’ll need ingredients like brown sugar, smoked or regular paprika, black pepper, salt, chili powder (or cayenne pepper), onion powder, and garlic powder.

Recipe FAQs

What do you serve with oven-baked baby back ribs?

Here are some great side dishes to serve with your easy oven-baked ribs:

What kind of ribs do I use?

Look for ribs that say “back” in them, either baby back or pork loin back or something of the like. This is referring to where they come from and means they will have a lot more meat on them and less bone. Spare ribs have more bone and less meat.

What’s the best temperature for baking baby back ribs in the oven?

A low temperature makes for truly tender bbq ribs, which is why we bake them in a 300-degree oven for 2 to 3 hours.

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Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs

These tender fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs are baked in the oven in a delicious barbecue sauce. Add your favorite sides for the perfect Southern supper.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 697kcal


  • 1 rack pork back ribs
  • 1 jar BBQ sauce


  • Using a knife, slice into the membrane on the back of the ribs (the white part) and use your hand to pull it off.
    1 rack pork back ribs
  • Place the entire rack of ribs in the center of the foil and brush it with bbq sauce on both sides. Wrap well in foil to seal and place on a baking sheet.
    1 jar BBQ sauce, 1 rack pork back ribs
  • Bake in a 300-degree oven for two hours. Remove from oven and open foil. Baste top with remaining bbq sauce and place back in the oven, with the foil still open, for an hour, or until the sauce is nice and thick.


Calories: 697kcal
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  1. This is a fabulous recipe however have never been clear which way the ribs should be facing when putting on bbq sauce before wrapping in foil.
    Then again when you brush with sauce and leave open.
    Thank you,
    Jacque Z

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