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Easy Baked Ribs are, you guessed it…easy! Succulent, juicy, and fall-off-the-bone-tender, too. Cook ribs in the oven if you don’t own a smoker or grill!

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I’m just going to say it – the weather here lately has been 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 wooly mammoth-sized, Sweet-100 cherry tomato plant from it’s perch in the sunlight to 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! It doesn’t matter WHAT the weather is doing outside because I’m going to show you how to cook ribs in the oven that are just as lip-smackin’, finger-lickin’ good as ribs made in the smoker or on the grill. Don’t believe me? Just you wait!

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As you know, Ben is huge into smoking and I can’t deny that we enjoy ribs that have been smoked low and slow all day versus cooked fast in the oven. By the way, can we talk about how awkward it is telling someone that your husband’s hobbies are largely dedicated to smoking meat? What are you guys up to this weekend? they’ll ask. Smoking. I’ll generally answer. MEAT.

Anyway, most people don’t own smokers so I wanted to share this oven-based recipe for you because it is SO delicious, and easy for anyone with an oven to make!

Baby back ribs are rubbed with everyday spices then wrapped in saran wrap and marinated in the fridge for a few hours or up to overnight. After a few hours of baking in the oven at a really low temp (not heating up the kitchen, 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.

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 a slab of ribs that’s 2-2-1/2lbs. 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.


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.


Next get your homemade rub together. 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.


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.


When it’s time to bake, place the ribs on a foil-lined, nonstick-sprayed baking sheet then cover completely 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.


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


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


Sweet, sweet baby back ribs!


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


Easy Baked Ribs are, you guessed it…easy! Succulent, juicy, and fall-off-the-bone-tender, too. Cook ribs in the oven if you don’t own a smoker or grill!


serves 2-3

  • slab of baby back ribs (could use spare ribs), 2-2-1/2lbs total
  • 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


  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 (add more time if your ribs are larger then 2-1/2lbs.) Remove foil, drain any excess liquid from the pan, then brush BBQ sauce on top and bake for 30 more minutes, or until top is slightly caramelized. Slice then serve.


  • If using a larger rack of ribs, add 30 minutes baking time per pound past 2-1/2lbs.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Easy Baked Ribs #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

I served my ribs with my Mom’s Classic Potato Salad, or you could try this low-carb version if you’re watching your waistline. Seriously, a match made in Heaven. Enjoy!

Easy Baked Ribs #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com