Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs

How do you achieve fall-off-the-bone ribs without a smoker or grill? The answer: slow-cooking in an oven. We don’t have a grill, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our favorite bbq eats! I put these babies in the oven for 3½ hours at 250°F and finish them off with BBQ sauce 30 mins before pulling them out of the oven. The result: delicious!

If you decide to make your own BBQ sauce, try my recipe! You can make this while the ribs are cooking–it's simple to make and tastes better than the bottled version you get at the store.

Total time:4 hours Servings: 2-3

You Need

  • 2-2½ lb rack of St. Louis style ribs
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp pimenton or smoked paprika
  • ¾ cup BBQ sauce

Do It

  1. In a small bowl add salt, pepper and pimenton. This will be your rub.
  2. Remove membrane from rack*
  3. Generously season ribs with rub and marinate for at least 3-4 hours. Best if marinated overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 250°F. Place ribs on a baking sheet and into oven once preheat is complete.
  5. Cook for 3 hours.
  6. At the 3 hour mark, increase oven heat to 275° and brush ribs with bbq sauce. After 15 mins, add another coat of bbq sauce to the ribs. Cook for another 15 mins and remove from oven.
  7. Optional: For nice, slightly crisp ribs, switch oven setting to broil. Place ribs on top rack (if broiler is at the top of oven) and cook for 1-2 mins. Keep an eye on the ribs so as to not burn them. 8.Remove from oven and let rest for 25 minutes before slicing.