Easy Baked Ribs

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Easy Baked Ribs are, you guessed it…easy! Ribs are simple enough for anyone to prepare at home, even if you don’t have a grill or smoker.

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I’m just going to say it, the weather here lately has been cray-cray.

Sunny one minute, raining sideways the next, flash flooding in the blink of an eye, and soft ball-sized hail pounding the surrounding areas causing me to drag my mammoth-sized Sweet-100 cherry tomato plant from it’s perch in the sunlight to parked under the pergola, lest it strike it and, well, ruin everything.

Lincoln and I have been faithfully plucking suckers from between the new shoots every morning. Gosh is there anything more summery than the smell of a tomato plant? I swear between that smell, the sound of chirping crickets, and the feel of thick dew still in the air, I sometimes wish time would stand still in the mornings. It’s my favorite part of the day.

Until we reach dinnertime, that is. Especially when Easy Baked Ribs are on the menu! Oh yes, it’s time for another Way Back Wednesday post and this time I’m featuring a meal you can make if it’s raining where you live for the 4th, or seriously any day of the year. These lip-smacking, finger-lickin’ ribs are ridiculously easy, and are made in the oven. No grill? No smoker? No problem!

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I first made these ribs on a hot summer day way back in 2011. 2011! Feels like ancient history. It’s weird at times going back and reading old posts BL (before Lincoln.) When I sit and try to remember what life was like before he arrived, it’s hard to picture. Reading about it is even stranger!

Anyway, since that time Ben’s gotten into smoking meat, so we’ve been enjoying ribs that have been cooked low and slow all day in the smoker or even grilled vs the oven. Can we talk about how awkward it is telling someone that your husband’s hobbies include, and are largely dedicated to, smoking meat? What are you guys up to this weekend? they’ll ask. Smoking. I’ll generally answer. MEAT.

ANYWAY, as I mentioned, there’s a high chance it’s going to rain this 4th of July, and I know most people don’t own smokers, so I wanted to bust out this oven-based recipe for you because it is deeeeelicious!

Baby back ribs are rubbed with a homemade concoction of spices you should already have in your cupboard then marinated in the fridge for a few hours or up to overnight (prep work you can do ahead of time, for the win!) After a few hours of baking in the oven at a really low temp (not heating up the kitchen, also for the win!) they’re rendered succulent, and fall apart-tender. Honestly I cannot stress to you how tender the rib meat gets. Pull on the bone and it slides right out completely clean.

Yes!

I think cooking ribs at home is something a lot of people find intimidating but honestly it couldn’t be simpler. Promise.

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Start with a 2 – 2-1/2lb slab baby back ribs. Baby back ribs are different than spare ribs, but you could use too. They’re a little bit bigger in size but you can just tack on extra baking time.

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Look for ribs that have a small amount of fat on top as it will add a ton of flavor and juiciness to the meat.

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Next get your homemade rub together. I’m totally into homemade rubs these days – they taste SO much better than the bottled stuff and take 30 seconds to make. Add 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, cumin, and smoked paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to a small bowl then mix to combine.

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Sprinkle both sides of the ribs with the mixture then rub it in and wrap with plastic wrap. Stash in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours or up to overnight.

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When it’s time to bake, place the ribs on a foil-lined, nonstick-sprayed baking sheet then cover with more foil and bake for 3-1/2 hours. If you’re using spare ribs and/or a larger rack of baby-back ribs, I’d tack on an extra 1/2 hour per pound over 2-1/2lbs.

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After time is up, unwrap the ribs then slather ‘em with your favorite BBQ sauce. Oh, they smell so good!

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Pop the rack back in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top has caramelized.

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Sweet, sweet baby back ribs!

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Slice ‘em up, and serve ‘em hot (or cold – I won’t tell you how many Ben and I scarfed straight out of the fridge!)

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Easy Baked Ribs

Print this recipe!

Serves 2-3

Ingredients: 
2 – 2-1/2lbs baby back ribs (could use spare ribs)
1/4 – 1/3 cup BBQ sauce

For the spice rub:
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions: 

  1. Mix spices together in a small bowl then rub into both sides of the ribs, wrap in saran wrap, and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees then line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Place ribs on top then cover tightly with more foil and bake for 3-1/2 hours. Remove foil, drain any excess liquid from the pan, and then brush BBQ sauce on top and bake for 30 more minutes, or until top is slightly caramelized.
  3. Tip: If using a larger rack of ribs, add 30 minutes baking time per pound past 2-1/2lbs.

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I served my ribs with my Mom’s Classic Potato Salad. Seriously, a match made in Heaven. You must give both of these recipes a try!

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Comments

  1. FoodNerd 07.02.2014

    Holy Moley! These look great! I adore ribs but never give them the time in the oven they need. Going to give this a go on the weekend!

    FoodNerd x

    http://www.foodnerd4life.com

  2. These look great, Kristin. So glad you featured these as a way back wednesday post! Have a good 4th!

  3. Sara 07.02.2014

    HA! I had to laugh at your “what are you guys doing this weekend…” because for us the answer is usually that the hubs is, um, making beer. Yep. Perhaps I can convince him to make these ribs whilst making his beer to cover up the hops smell :)

    Have a great 4th and Birthday!!

  4. These look absolutely delicious! I didn’t know that ribs could be so simple!

  5. Maureen 07.02.2014

    Gorgeous photo of ribs and potato salad! The ribs sound delicious. Just wondering if you have ever tried making them in a crockpot to keep the house cool?

    • Kristin 07.03.2014

      I have made ribs in the crock pot and they are very good, but can be hard to remove. They get so tender (like with baking) that they fall apart when trying to get out of the crock pot (that’s been my experience, anyway!) The low oven temp really doesn’t heat the house up too bad!

  6. Jackie 07.02.2014

    I adore baked ribs they get so tender!

  7. Karla 07.02.2014

    These are soooo easy and soooo delish! Tip: I use heavy-duty foil, and spray the inside of the foil–not the baking pan–then after the meal, all the bones can just get wrapped up in the baking foil and tossed away. Also, I bake mine at 320 for about 4 hours before saucing. Anyway you do it….fall-off-the-bone tender meat. Your recipe is perfect for family and holiday get-togethers as it frees you up to socialize once you make a side dish or two. PS–more pix of Lincoln, please!!! : )

  8. Joanna 07.02.2014

    That reminds me of my childhood and my dad’s cooking! When it comes to food, I always say: the simple, the better! Proof?

    http://www.allnnothing.com

  9. These ribs look amazing! Love how easy they are to make!

  10. okay, this is probably the first recipe for ribs that hasn’t scared the crap out of me. i love it.

  11. Janice 07.02.2014

    Hi Kirsten! I’ve loved reading your blog for a while now! This recipe looks amazing :)

    One comment that I’ve been meaning to make for a while concerning blog layout–is there any way that you could adjust your settings so that photos don’t fade out when you scroll over them? If your cursor is over a photo, then the photo turns white-ish and loses color–I think it’s to alert people that Pinterest is available for your stuff, but it’s distracting!

    • Kristin 07.03.2014

      Hi Janice! Thank you so much for the feedback. As you mentioned, this was an intentional design choice that a lot of sites are moving towards. I am sorry that it’s distracting for you and will definitely keep that in mind for future design changes!

  12. ColleenB. 07.02.2014

    The ribs look Amazing. I just wish hubby liked them as much as I do.
    Thanks 4 sharing the recipe. Passing this recipe onto our son-in-law.

  13. Erin 07.02.2014

    These ribs have been a summertime favorite in our house since I saw the original recipe a few years ago. My husband and I like these even better than most grilled/smoked ribs we’ve tried! Delish & so simple! :)

  14. Now that looks like the perfect meal for 4th of July!

  15. These look amazing!! I never would have guessed they were so easy to make. Have a happy 4th weekend, rain or shine!!

  16. Lynsie Swain 07.03.2014

    I’ve been following your blog for a few years and I love when you post “way back” recipes and link back to a time the recipe was first featured on your blog. It’s amazing to see how far you’ve come. Your blog is my go-to when I’m stuck for dinner ideas or need something quick to throw together for a party. I was so excited for you and Ben when you announced that you were expecting, but also sad because I was worried new posts would be few and far between. Kudos to you for still coming up with great new posts and awesome recipes for everyone to enjoy! My daughter turns “1” on July 19 and I know all too well how crazy the struggle of motherhood can be.

  17. Amy 07.05.2014

    This recipe looks great! I will definitely try this!

    I live in the same town and can testify to how nutty this weather has been! But we totally lucked out with a gorgeous day yesterday! Hope you spent lots of time outdoors enjoying it!

  18. Mary Delgado 07.06.2014

    Thanks for this easy recipe! I will try this very soon. I can’t wait for the outcome!

  19. I made baked BBQ ribs about a month ago and they were delicious. Love that fall off the bone tenderness. I only have ribs a couple times a year and they always hit the spot!

  20. Carleigh 07.07.2014

    We made your ribs recipe for the 4th of July. They were so tender and yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Erica McGowan 07.07.2014

    These look amazing and glad to know what I will be cooking this weekend!! How many more days? I do have one question….what is your favorite BBQ sauce?

    • Kristin 07.09.2014

      Store bought we love KC Masterpiece, local we love Big Daddy’s!

  22. joanna gehrle 07.07.2014

    I made these tonight, PURE RIB BLISS! I have never been a rib girl, always tried when others have made them but something just didn’t feel right. Until now! My husband even said “those were the best ribs I have EVER had”. Just another IGE win, as usual. Kristin you are my hero. Hands down :)

    • joanna gehrke 07.07.2014

      spelled my name wrong. Gehrke. Just had to leave this for my own peace of mind. Thanks again for best ribs ever!

    • Kristin 07.08.2014

      YESS!! So glad you both enjoyed them!

  23. Cyriel van den Hoff 07.08.2014

    Thanks for this recipe, I tried it over the weekend and they turned out fingerlicking wonderful!
    Found out that in the Netherlands all ribs that are sold are baby back ribs anyhow. Seemingly the regurlar ribs from our industrial butchers get shipped to the US! Lucky me this time!
    Another observation made was that my (European) oven timer doesn’t go any further than 90 minutes and without the timer it doesn’t work…

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  24. Megan 07.09.2014

    Made these for the 4th! They were amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  25. Caitlin 07.10.2014

    Wow those ribs look delicious. We have had the same crazy weather lately, which is not letting us enjoy our new BBQ! But at least turning on the oven is ok even though its July. Can’t wait to try these!

  26. Katie 07.10.2014

    I’m thinking of making these over the weekend but was wondering if I make them early in the day on Sunday what would be the best way to heat them back up again for dinner Sunday night? I was thinking of skipping the last step where you put them back in the oven uncovered and doing that when we’re ready to eat, but wanted your opinion.

    Thanks! These look delicious!!

    • Kristin 07.10.2014

      Hi Katie! I think your best bet for the most delicious ribs is to make them right before serving. They’re good cold, but I’ve never re-heated them (strange, I know.) If you baked them ahead of time then did the last step right before eating, I fear the ribs could overcook since they’re coming from a cold temperature to a hot temperature and it would take longer than 30 minutes to get the glaze to caramelize. That said, I haven’t tried it before, so it could work out just perfectly! Has anyone else tried this with success?

  27. Joanna Gehrke 07.12.2014

    Hi Kristin, me again with a question for you this time! I am planning on making these for a crowd tomorrow. I will probably have two or maybe even three racks (all will be around the same size, 2 1/2 or 3 lbs), do I cook for the same amount of time as I would with one rack? Thanks in advance and I hope you are having fun in KC! My sister lives there and I just love that area! Esp the plaza :)

    • Kristin 07.13.2014

      I would add maybe 30 minutes on before removing the foil!

  28. Carol 07.13.2014

    Kristin, i am anxious to try this recipe! One question, I have 2 racks of baby back ribs in the fridge. They are 2.2 lbs ans 2.9 lbs. I would like to cook them at the same time in the same pan. How much extra time should I add to the oven cooking time? Thanks, I can almost taste them

    • Kristin 07.14.2014

      I don’t think you’d have to add much if any – maybe 15 minutes??

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  30. Tre Cavil 07.16.2014

    My absolute favorite! I have to try that rub recipe the next time I make some. I’m always trying something different and haven’t perfected the seasoning yet.

  31. Dainius 07.20.2014

    Love the pictures! Looking really tasty.

  32. Kelly MacDonald 07.27.2014

    I just made these!! Delicious! A perfect Sunday recipe. I loved the rub…the smoked paprika really came through. Definitely going to be making these again in the future. Thanks for always sharing your fantastic recipes!! Can’t wait for my 7 month old son to be able to enjoy them. :)

  33. Jenna 08.13.2014

    I was just wondering is there a way I could make these in a crock pot?

  34. Jose 08.14.2014

    Sounds delicious, but just one question: the 250 degrees preheated oven, is it in celsius or fahrenheit?

  35. Jessie 10.08.2014

    I made these last night and they were a hit! I usually make ribs in the crockpot but found this recipe on Pinterest and it is amazing! Followed the recipe to a T. This is definately going to be the recipe I follow from here on out when we have ribs. Thanks for sharing!

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