Barbecue Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Baked barbecued baby back ribs recipe

The Spruce Eats / Diana Mocanu

  • Total: 3 hrs
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
312 Calories
11g Fat
43g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 312
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 4260mg 185%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 11g
Calcium 61mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Yes, "baked barbecued" baby back ribs is an oxymoron, because if you bake ribs, you are certainly NOT barbecuing them. When time and/or weather prevents us from getting to the smoker, though, this oven method for barbecued baby back ribs works great.


  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (smoked or regular)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 full racks baby back pork ribs (trimmed of excess fat, patted dry)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for baked barbecue baby back ribs
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  2. Preheat the oven to 250 F.

  3. Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl and mix.

    Combine rub ingredients
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  4. Place each rack of ribs in the center of its own large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil and apply the dry rub to each side of the two racks (more so on the meat side).

    Place each rack of ribs in center
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  5. Wrap each rack in foil and place the two foil-wrapped racks on a baking sheet and place in oven.

    Wrap each in foil
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  6. Bake for 2 hours.

    Bake for 2 hours
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  7. Remove the ribs from oven, and, using tongs, open the foil. Place racks on one piece of the foil and brush barbecue sauce on both sides.

    Open foil
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  8. Turn up the oven temperature to 350 F.

  9. Return ribs to the oven. Continue cooking, brushing on more barbecue sauce occasionally, until the ribs are fork tender and well glazed, about 30 to 45 minutes.

    Return ribs to the oven
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  10. Remove and let rest for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

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  11. Cut ribs can be tossed in additional sauce if desired.

    Cut ribs
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  12. Pair with your favorite sides, like potato salad, macaroni salad, mac and cheese, green salad, or corn and enjoy!

    Baked barbecued baby back ribs
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