Easy Oven Baked Ribs

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 Get the simplest recipe and method for baking pork baby back ribs in the oven. Only 3 ingredients needed! No matter the time of year, you can pull fall off the bone, tender ribs right from your oven. Finger licking good!

With Memorial Day right around the corner, I thought I would re-post this amazing 3-ingredient recipe for Easy Baby Back Ribs in the Oven. I am desperately in love with this recipe. Ribs do not have to be complicated and this recipe is a perfect example of that.

Oven Baked Ribs

Oven-Baked Ribs Ingredients

Can you believe it? With three ingredients and an oven later, you’ll have delicious ribs to devour. Here’s everything you’ll need to make baby back ribs in the oven:

  • Baby Back Ribs – Pork ribs to be exact! One whole rack of them! If you love tender, delectable meat, this is a recipe for you.
  • Grill Seasoning – I used McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning but you can use your favorite grill seasoning! Just make sure it’s on the sweet side.
  • BBQ Sauce – Once again I used Stubbs Original BBQ Sauce but feel free to use your personal favorite. My only suggestion is to make sure the seasoning and sauce complement each other in flavor.

If you’re looking for more easy main dishes to drool over, here are some: One Month of Crockpot MealsParmesan Garlic Linguine Pasta, The Best Turkey Burger Recipe, and Baked Chicken Legs.

What Else You’ll Need

Now because we are making baby back ribs in the oven, you’ll need a different yet familiar set of supplies as opposed to grillings ribs.

  • Baking Sheet –  you’re going to want a baking sheet that is large enough to support the whole rack of ribs.
  • Basting Brush – I used a silicone brush but if you prefer a natural bristled brush feel free to use that too. I feel as though the silicon brush carries the sauce better without soaking it all up.
  • Tin Foil – this is for easy cleanup and to tent your ribs.

Preparing Ribs

How to Cook Ribs in the Oven

Season your meat well, wrap in foil, bake your baby back ribs in the oven, then baste with good BBQ Sauce. Right out of the oven, you get juicy and smokey ribs just by seasoning well and finishing under the broiler or on the grill. I make ribs in the oven year-round, but they are particularly tasty in the summer. For full recipe details, take a peek at the recipe card down below!

Preparing Baby Back Ribs

  1. Start by opening your package of baby back ribs and scoring and/or removing any tough membranes on the boney side of the ribs. I used a knife meant for filleting.
  2. Once that’s done, rub both sides generously with some maple smokehouse grill seasoning. Any rub will do, just make sure it’s on the sweet side.

Baking Ribs in the Oven

Oven-Baked Ribs

  1. Now you can wrap up those ribs and bake until completely cooked through and tender. Mine was done right at 2 hours 15 minutes. More time in the oven can’t really hurt these guys…they’ll just become extra tender.

This is what they look like coming right out of the oven. Not the most appealing things in the world, but just you wait, ya’ll.

Basting with BBQ Sauce

Finish by Basting

  1. Baste one side generously with a really good BBQ sauce and broil {or grill} well.
  2. Then……you guessed it! Baste the other side generously and do the same thing again.

Ahhhh……RIBS. That color is gorgeous.

  1. Slice those babies into pieces and serve….with more BBQ sauce if that’s your thing.

Baked Ribs


Any leftover oven-baked ribs can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 5 days. 

Enjoy those leftovers on a salad, plain, on a taco, or even in a sandwich!

Side Dishes

Now that you have meaty heaven waiting to be made, consider also making one of these tasty and refreshing side dishes! Simply prepare while your ribs are in the oven.

Baby Back Ribs in Oven

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Finger-lickin-good. My daughter was super hesitant to try these because let’s be honest, they’re not the most appealing things in the world. But with one bite, she was sold. And, if I recall, she ate more ribs than I did and claimed the rest for lunch.

Anyways, if you need a fab recipe for baking baby back ribs in the oven that is full of flavor and happens to be ridiculously easy, I’ve gotcha covered.

Here’s the printable. Enjoy, friends! Have a great day!

4.89 from 34 votes

Easy Oven Baked Ribs

Easy Oven Baked Ribs....the simplest recipe and method for baking pork baby back ribs in the oven. Only 3 ingredients needed! Finger licking good!
servings 3 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 rack pork baby back ribs
  • 3-4 tablespoons grill seasoning such as McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce such as Stubbs Original


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Lay ribs onto the baking sheet. Score any tough membranes closest to the bony side of the ribs. Rub generously with grill seasoning. Cover with more foil and crimp edges of the bottom piece with the top piece.
  • Bake 2-2 1/2 hours or until thoroughly cooked and tender.
  • Remove from oven and baste one side of ribs with bbq sauce. Broil 2-3 minutes or until the sauce starts to brown. Flip over, baste the other side and broil again.
  • Remove from oven, add more bbq sauce as needed, cut into pieces and serve.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 371mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: Baby Back Ribs, Baby Back Ribs In Oven, Oven Baked Ribs, Ribs in the Oven

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  1. Karen H

    One of the things I miss most about home are my dad’s barbecued ribs. I know these aren’t the same, but I’m most def going to have to give these babies a try.

    Hang in there! You’re doing great!

  2. Cathy A

    5 stars
    This is now the only way we make baby back ribs, we love them. Best part for me is when you want some BBQ in the middle of winter, these fit the bill!! Yummy!

  3. Bri | Bites of Bri

    I like your spanish πŸ˜‰ But seriously, I had no idea oven baked ribs were so EASY! Thanks, Lauren.

  4. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    Oh my goodness, these look so delectable! I don’t know how it is I have never made ribs at home…totally inspired to go make these now, thanks for the awesome recipe!

  5. Amanda

    Mouth watering! Gotta have these!

    I’m not sure where along the way Gossip Girl lost me but it did. Addicted at first as well.

  6. Ashley

    5 stars
    Made these last night and they were so good! I had no idea ribs were so easy! Ive had a rack of ribs in my freezer that I was so intimidated by! Thank you for the awesome recipe! Hubby asked for something special for dinner and I was able to deliver AND keep my sanity. Haha my ribs were st Louis style just in case someone is wondering if something besides baby backs would work. πŸ™‚

  7. Debra L.

    They look delish! Just wanted to share the paper towel trick for peeling off the membrane for those who might not know it. Slip the tip of a sharp knife under the membrane at one end of the rack to loosen a piece you can grab onto, then using a piece of dry paper towel grab the loosened corner and peel the membrane back. It’ll often come off in one piece! Easy Peasy! πŸ™‚

  8. Barbara G

    5 stars
    Made these for our Labor Day barbeque. They were awesome! Fall off the bone good. So easy and I am happy I now have a foolproof way of making ribs πŸ™‚

  9. Isabel

    5 stars
    This recipe is awesome!! I’m you biggest fan here in Chile, thanks a lot for sharing your delicious recipes with the worls, my husband was really happy yesterday with the baby back ribs. Thanks again!

  10. Sara F

    These are in the oven right now. Hubby works overnights so when he gets home he is always hungry. So we eat lunch around 11am ish…anyways they are smelling so yummy. Can’t wait to get them.

  11. Jameson

    5 stars
    Incredibly easy recipe with miraculous results. I’ve had ribs at some truly remarkable bbq joints, yet these took home top prize in my eyes. They were easy to make, and wonderfully delicious. Mine were so tender, they just fell into pieces when I was trying to flip them during the basting process. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I didn’t get the full-rack presentation that I was hoping for. They certainly made up for it in taste, though.

  12. Linda Cinader

    Lauren, I use to sell grills & a tip I use to give to buyers is when they were going to BBQ is to make sure your BBQ sauce is heated also or at least room temp. – or your meat will be a little tougher & sauce will stay on top & not soak into meat as well. Think of it like a man taking a cold shower, what happens to one of his physical parts when real cold water hits it?, well the your hot ribs & cold sauce will react the same way. I get your recipes on fb, so no need to send to my email.

  13. gene archbold

    Before applying the rub, brush with some Kitchen Bouquet…..buy it at Gordon’s Food Service in the quart bottle…much cheaper…it turns the meat a nice dark color…also good for doing the same thing for chicken and turkey.

  14. Barbara

    5 stars
    I made mine using this method yesterday. Wow! We’re not allowed bbq’s in our condo complex but who needs one with this. The carmelization of the sauce with the broiler is a step not to be missed!

  15. Patty

    5 stars
    I’ve been making mine like this since I 1st saw your recipe on Yummly. And they always turn out perfect..!! I use to cook them backwards…Id get them pretty much done then turn the temperature down put the sauce on and cook uncovered basting every 10-15mins. But we like this a lot better!! I’ve got 2 cookie sheets in the fridge with the dry rub (I use a rub I also found on Yummly) doing it’s thing. Then I’ll baste with my Jack Daniels Sweet BBQ sauce. Tonight we’re having these ribs, my cowboy baked beans, milk boiled fresh corn on the cob & honey cornbread..!! Thanks for the great recipes!!

  16. Leanne

    What is scoring the tough membrane on the bony side mean? I’m not much of a cook but these are begging me to make them.

  17. Jessica Tanis

    Ribs are a favorite of mine and this recipe looks super simple AND delicious!! The best combo! Can’t wait to try it out πŸ™‚

    1. Mary

      5 stars
      Having a large cookout and I would like to know if these ribs can be made a day before & reheated next day , Fay of the cookout, in the oven or a slow cooker?

  18. Audrey Maschi

    5 stars
    Hello, on a whim I decided to buy ribs at my local grocery store, I am not familiar with how to cook ribs, so I checked out Pinterest and found your recipe. OMgosh wonderful, the ribs tasted wonderful, the house had a great smell, warm and comforting.. This will be the family go to recipe. Thank you

  19. Hannah smith

    5 stars
    These look and sound Amazing!! I’ve only made ribs once before and despised removing the membrane!πŸ˜†. I’m going to have to give this recipe a try!