Barbecue Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs Recipe

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Ratings (24)
  • Total: 3 hrs
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 - 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
312 Calories
11g Fat
43g Carbs
11g Protein
(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.

  2. Preheat the oven to 250 F.

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

  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).

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

  6. Bake for 2 hours.

  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.

  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.

  10. Remove and let rest for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

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

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