Oven Baked Ribs


I love ribs. They’re absolutely one of my favorite dishes to cook, and I always cook them on a wood pellet bbq for 5 hours until they’re smoky and tender and falling off the bone. Recently, though, I adapted the recipe for an oven specifically to share with you all. It may not have that wonderful smoke flavor of real bbq, but it’s still pretty darn good, and doesn’t involve going out in the rain and cold in the winter, which is a bonus.

Start by preheating an oven to 225°F then removing the memberane on the back of the ribs. I’ve seen a number of methods suggested for doing this, I just pry it up with a fingernail on one edge of the ribs, grip it with a paper towel for better grip, and carefully peel it off the whole rack.



Next I apply a dry rub to the whole thing. You should probably prepare ahead of time and wrap the ribs in saran wrap and refrigerated for a few hours then let them sit out and reach room temperature, but I almost never have that kind of time, so I just apply the rub and cook.



Bake them for an hour and a half to get some good browning and the rub properly caramelized.



Next, put them on a double layer of foil twice the length of the ribs so you can wrap them properly, spread 1/4 cup of bbq sauce over them, wrap tightly, and bake for another hour and a half.



After an hour and a half, remove the ribs from the foil, place them back on a baking sheet, and layer with sauce. Bake for 45 minutes, applying sauce and flipping every 15 minutes.



You’re done! Cut and enjoy the ribs.


Oven Baked Ribs

Course Entree
Cuisine BBQ
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Cooking Madly


  • 2 racks of ribs
  • 1 cup of your favorite bbq rub
  • 2 cups of your favorite bbq sauce
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil for wrapping


  1. Preheat oven to 225°F. If present, remove tough membrane on the back of ribs.
  2. Rub ribs with bbq rub and, if time permits, wrap in saran wrap and rest in refrigerator 4-24 hours. Bring back up to room temperature before cooking.
  3. Bake on a cookie sheet or a layer of foil for an hour and a half.
  4. Remove from oven, coat in 1/4 cup bbq sauce and seal in a double layer of aluminum foil.
  5. Bake for another hour and a half.
  6. Place on baking sheet or foil and spread 1/3 of the remaining bbq sauce on ribs. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Flip ribs and apply half of the remaining sauce. Bake for 15 minutes more.
  8. Flip ribs again and apply the last of the bbq sauce. Bake 15 minutes.
  9. Remove ribs from oven, cut into individual ribs, and serve.


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  • M. Camp January 12, 2013, 5:36 pm

    Yesterday I dissected a human ribcage, and today I am craving Dustin’s ribs… the ribs Dustin prepares. Do I have a Dexter-like disorder, or are the intercostal mussels in these pictures just really delicious-looking?

  • dragonfly1121 April 5, 2013, 3:44 pm

    I made this recipe when you first posted it and my son remembered it. I came home with ribs today and he said “you are going to make them like last time right? Those were the best ever!” I thought you might enjoy the compliment, especially from a teenager 🙂