Easy Baked Ribs – How To Make Juicy Ribs in the Oven

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs pork ribs (baby back or spare ribs)
  • Your favorite dry rub (see below for homemade option!)
  • BBQ sauce (store-bought or homemade)

Homemade Dry Rub (Optional):

  • 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 (optional, for a bit of heat)

Equipment:

  • Large baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Small bowl (for dry rub, if making your own)

Instructions:

Prep the ribs:

  • Remove ribs from packaging and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Carefully remove the tough membrane on the underside/bone side of the ribs. Use a small knife to get under it, then use your fingers or paper towels to peel it off completely.

Make the dry rub (if using):

  • Combine all dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.

Season the ribs:

  • Generously rub the dry rub mixture over both sides of the ribs, pressing it into the meat to adhere.

Wrap and refrigerate (optional but recommended):

  • Wrap the seasoned ribs tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Let the ribs marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight, for maximum flavor absorption.

Preheat and prep the pan:

  • Preheat your oven to 275°F (135°C).
  • Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Bake the ribs:

  • Place the ribs meat-side up on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Cover the ribs tightly with another sheet of aluminum foil, making sure the seal is secure.
  • Bake for 2.5 – 3.5 hours, depending on the type and size of the ribs. Baby backs usually need less time. Check at 2.5 hours; the meat should be very tender when pierced with a fork.

Finish with BBQ sauce:

  • Carefully remove the foil. You’ll likely see accumulated liquid; drain this off.
  • Brush both sides of the ribs with a generous amount of your favorite BBQ sauce.
  • Return the ribs (uncovered) to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes more or place them under the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize the sauce.

Rest, slice, and serve:

  • Let the ribs rest for about 10 minutes before slicing into individual ribs.
  • Serve with extra BBQ sauce and your favorite sides like coleslaw, potato salad, or corn on the cob.

Additional Tips:

  • Adjust cooking time: Baking time may slightly vary based on the size and thickness of your ribs. Always check for internal tenderness.
  • Experiment with flavors: Get creative with your dry rub or use different BBQ sauces for a unique flavor profile.
  • For extra smoky flavor: Consider adding a few drops of liquid smoke to the ribs before baking.

Enjoy your incredibly juicy and flavorful oven-baked ribs!

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