The Best Oven Baked Ribs with a Crunchy Smoky Crust – fall off the bone tender ribs with a smoky-sweet crunchy bark – straight from the oven! This is the best oven baked ribs recipe – incredibly easy with a crunchy bark like you’d get on the grill but right in the oven. Use your favorite BBQ sauce – no special equipment needed.
This deliciously tender fall off the bone juicy ribs recipe tastes rich, smoky, and delicious – with a crunchy crust and sticky BBQ sauce glaze – just like it was smoked on a grill for hours.
It is my hands-down favorite way to make ribs without grilling them – and tastes so great, you’d never know these ribs are baked right in the oven!
If you’re looking for a delicious, no-fail way to make the most amazingly flavorful ribs, look no further than this simple and easy recipe for the best baked ribs ever – with absolutely no special equipment required!
That’s right – no standing over the hot grill, keeping the fire the right temperature, or fussing with ribs all day. Simply pop these in the oven and baste occasionally with sauce and you’re on your way to lip-smacking delicious ribs baked in the oven!
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If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, i think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy BBQ oven baked ribs recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
How To Make Smoked Ribs in the Oven
Now…. I know what you’re thinking – these ribs aren’t smoked, and don’t even use artificial smoke flavor – so how DARE I call them smoked??!!
Well, while we’re not actually cooking these over wood or coal, these ribs TASTE smoky, thanks to natural herbs, and a slow roasting process.
They are fall-apart tender, just like from a smoker – without all the work of keeping a fire going!
If you’re really, really attached to a super smoky flavor, and you don’t like liquid smoke, you can also use a smoking gun to give an extra bit of rich just-grilled flavor.
How to Trim Ribs
One of the most important things in baking fall off the bone tender and juicy ribs is making sure they are well prepared before you start to cook them.
Ribs are a cut of meat that need to be trimmed well for the best flavor – and so they aren’t chewy and tough.
Ribs come with a silver skin often over the ribs – trimming the most of this tough tendon off the rib will greatly improve the flavor of your oven baked ribs – so don’t skip this step.
How to Trim Silver Skin off Ribs
- Run a knife under the silver skin to separate the membrane from the rib meat.
- If the silver skin resists in one spot, try another.
- Once you have separated enough with a knife, grab silver skin tightly and pull to remove from the ribs.
- If silver skin breaks in one spot, loosen it again with a knife to remove it completely.
How to Bake Ribs
The best baked ribs in the oven are simple – but there are a couple tips and tricks to make sure you have perfect baked ribs, every time.
- Start with a dry rub.
- After removing silver skin from your ribs, generously cover with dry rub to help create a “smoky” flavor – right in the oven! Smoked paprika helps bring out a grilled meat flavor, without the grill.
- Cover with foil for first half of cooking.
- To help the ribs cook without drying out, it is best to cover them with foil for the first half of cooking ribs in the oven.
- Baste with sauce lightly.
- This recipe really relies on basting multiple times to create a rich, crunchy bark like you would get from grilled or smoked ribs.
- Add sauce a little bit at a time so it can build in layers – don’t drown your ribs in sauce or it won’t get crunchy and crisp.
- Flip and rotate ribs when you baste.
- For evenly cooked ribs, flip and rotate them when you baste.
- Remove foil halfway through to form crust.
- After the ribs have started to cook and lock in their natural juices, remove the foil so the BBQ sauce “crust” can form.
- Add liquid smoke for extra smoky flavor.
- If you are really craving an extra smoky flavor, you can add a drop or two of liquid smoke to your bbq sauce.
Other Baked BBQ Recipes
This Oven Baked Ribs Recipe is perfect with some of my other favorite easy BBQ dishes!
To see my favorites, click each link to get to the easy printable BBQ dish:
What BBQ Sauce to Use for Perfect Oven Baked Ribs
This recipe for the best oven baked ribs is crazy versatile – you can use your favorite sauce!
There are a couple of things you will want to consider when looking for the best sauce to use for these ribs:
- Sauces with more sugar (Kansas City style sauce like KC Masterpiece) will have a lot more crunch when baking, since the sugar caramelizes and crisps to help make it crunchy.
- Sauces with a lot of mustard can become overpowering when layered all day – so go light when you baste.
- Sauces that are thinner won’t become as sticky as thick sauce and may have less of a glazed texture. This doesn’t harm your flavor – just something to consider depending on what texture you want your baked ribs to have.
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- 1 large rack pork ribs, about 12 ribs
- For the rub:
- Tablespoon of garlic powder
- Tablespoon of season salt
- Tablespoon of oregano
- Tablespoon of cumin
- tablespoon of brown sugar
- For the mop:
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 12 oz light beer
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
- Mix spice rub and rub on ribs
- Bake in oven for 2-3 hours until tender, basting with mop every 20-30 minutes.
- When meat separates from bone, baste with BBQ sauce, turn up oven to 350 degrees.
- Continue to baste ribs with sauce every 15 minutes until desired finish is reached, approximately 2-3 times.
- Remove from oven and add one more layer of sauce, serve immediately.
Amount Per ServingCalories 162 Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 55mg Sodium 50mg Carbohydrates 1g Protein 14g