When you cook ribs in the oven, you end up with the most decadent fall off the bone ribs you’ll ever have. These ribs are better than any restaurant!
Ribs in the Oven are the best way to have ribs whenever you want! This simple rib cooking method will get you perfect, tender, juicy, fall off the bone ribs every. single. time.
You can devour them straight from the oven or baste them with your favorite barbecue sauce and finish on the grill. We like to serve our oven baked ribs with zucchini noodles and black eyed peas. And then cookies for dessert (I’m partial to these chewy Raisin Bran Cookies!).
Ribs in the Oven
Ribs In The Oven Ingredients
- Pork Ribs – you can do spareribs or baby back ribs.
- Spice Rub – You can make your own basic spice rub or pick your favorite. We love McCormick’s Sweet and Smoky and Brown Sugar Bourbon rub.
- Barbecue Sauce – This is totally optional, but is a nice addition if you’re going to throw these on the grill.
How Do You Make Ribs In The Oven?
⭐ First, smother your pork ribs on both sides with the rub.
⭐ Next, place meat side down on a foil lined baking pan. Make sure you choose one with a lip, because there will be juices released in the cooking process.
⭐ Then, seal pan(s) tightly with foil and bake. You want to cover your ribs tightly in foil so the steam helps cook them as well. This keeps the meat moist and tender and makes sure you don’t get dry ribs.
⭐ Next, remove foil and allow meat to rest. If you’re making ahead of time, now you can (when they’re cool enough!) throw them in the fridge.
⭐ Finally, just before you’re ready to grill, slather the ribs with barbecue sauce. Then throw on a medium heat grill until heated to your liking!
Can I Make Ribs in the Oven in Advance
Yes, you can make Ribs in the Oven in advance! I love slow cooking ribs in the oven when we’re expecting company because you can make them ahead and then heat them up on the grill when everyone’s arrived. You can even make them days or weeks ahead and pop the ribs in the freezer!
They’re a great option for gifting dinner to friends going through a hard time or for new parents. Skip the casserole, do something different!
How long does it take to cook Ribs in the Oven
How long it takes for your ribs to cook in the oven can depend on various factors, like the size of the ribs. You should look for the rib meat to fall off the bone to know it’s done. However, here are some general guidelines!
Ribs in the Oven Cooking Times
- 250F – 3-4 hours
- 275F – 2 hours to 2-1/2 hours
- 300F – 2 hours to 2-1/2 hours
- 325F – 1-1/2 hour to 2 hours
- 350F – 1 hour to 1-1/2 hour
- 375F – 1 hour to 1-1/2 hour
- 400F – 1 hour to 1-1/2 hour
Do I cook Ribs in the Oven bone side up or down
Cook your Ribs in the Oven bone side up (meat side down). This will give you the best result for tender and juicy rib meat.
What can Ribs in the Oven meat be used for
You could even stir the rib meat into your favorite soup. Or hey! Make yourself a knock off McRib sandwich! Yum. I like to prepare extra so we can pull them out of the freezer on busy nights and enjoy a delicious home made meal.
Are Pork Ribs Healthy
Pork ribs can be part of a healthy diet. Although they are high in fat, they are also high in the minerals iron and zinc.
Are Pork Ribs Lean
Pork Ribs are not lean, although they contain slightly less fat that beef ribs. However, pork ribs do contain more fat than lean cuts of beef, pork, poultry, or fish.
What to Serve With Ribs in the Oven
If you’re serving these slow roasted ribs at a barbecue or with friends, I saw go old school with pure comfort foods as the side dishes. Here are a few of my favorites!
More Awesome Pork Recipes
We are major pork lovers at Mama Loves Food and here are a few more great recipe ideas like this one!
Tools we love
- Santuko knife – My favorite knife for cutting vegetables! This knife is the perfect size and shape, handles great, and is super reasonably priced. Also, I just love that it’s fun and colorful!
- End grain cutting board – This is my absolute favorite cutting board and the one that I get the most compliments on. And p.s. I have a lot of cutting boards. It really is absolutely stunning, and knows how to take a beating. We use it every single day!
- Bakers half sheet – It’s cool, we only have about six of these bakers half sheets because they’re good for absolutely everything. Cookies? Yes! Steak? Yes! Cake? Oh yeh! Roasted veggies? Uhhhh huh!
- 6 Burner gas grill – For Christmas last year we upgraded and gifted ourselves a 6 burner gas grill. It seemed like overkill at first, I mean it’s really really big. But oh my goodness, it’s been the most amazing thing! I love piling up the grill on Sunday afternoon with three or four different proteins and cooking a week’s worth of meat all in one swoop. It’s so convenient and there’s nothing like cooking outside and enjoying a cold beer.
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Ribs in the Oven
- Pork ribs
- Your favorite spice rub we love McCormick's Sweet and Smoky and Brown Sugar Bourbon rubs
- optional: your favorite barbecue sauce
- Smother your pork ribs on both sides with the rub. Place meat side down on a foil lined baking pan. Make sure you choose one with a lip, because there will be juices released in the cooking process.
- Seal pan(s) tightly with foil and bake at 225 degrees for 3 1/2 - 4 hours.
- Remove foil and allow meat to rest. If you're making ahead of time, now you can (when they're cool enough!) throw them in the fridge.
- Just before you're ready to grill, slather the ribs with barbecue sauce. Then throw on a medium heat grill (or 350 degree oven) for 5 - 15 minutes, until heated to your liking.
Love the grill? Try making these smoked chicken legs next!
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