Baking BBQ Ribs in the Oven is always a classic! These oven Barbecue ribs were a wedding hit and family favorite! A secret ingredient is sure to give you tender ribs and baking them covered can give you fall-off-the-bone results!
My mom is friends with a woman who caters weddings and these barbecue ribs happen to be one of her specials! Wait until you get a whiff of these ribs once they start baking in the oven! We love them with mashed potatoes, but corn or slaw make good sides too!
Tender and sticky ribs aren’t hard to make! The thing about baking them in the oven is that you can make these no matter the weather since they require no grilling! Roasting them covered in a dutch-oven will make these mighty tender and even fall-off-the-bone delicious! They’re done at that point but who doesn’t like sticky, finger-lickin’ ribs? So back into the oven they go basted with your favorite barbecue sauce!
Pineapple juice was the secret ingredient to making these bbq ribs for a catering crowd and what better ingredient to use than some juice, which I believe works like a meat tenderizer. Making them like this will give you moist results and be far from dry! Steak seasoning and dried herbs give a very subtle yet delicious aroma but classic salt and pepper will do just fine!
How to cook BBQ ribs in the oven:
Barbecue Ribs in the Oven
- 5-6 lbs baby back pork ribs 2 slabs
BBQ Rib Sauce:
- 1 cup bbq sauce (plus more for basting)
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 tsp basil
- 1/4 tsp rosemary
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp steak seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
How to cook bbq ribs:
- Pre-heat oven to 360°F. In a dutch-oven pot or baking dish, whisk together all sauce ingredients. Set aside.
- Remove the white membrane off the bottom rack of ribs (it should peel off.) Slice ribs and toss in the bbq sauce.
- Cover and bake 1 1/2 hours. Transfer ribs onto a sheet-pan and brush with additional bbq sauce. Broil over low heat for 10 minutes.
- If wanting to strictly use salt and pepper use 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tsp of pepper and omit all other spices.
- Any bbq sauce flavor can be used.
- For chewier ribs bake only 1 hour plus basting time.
- For super tender ribs bake 2 hours then baste.
- Pineapple Juice Substitute: Dilute 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with 2/3 cup water.
Nutrition per serving
Sides to serve with Ribs:
How long to cook ribs in the oven?
Ribs are done when the internal temperature reaches 145°F, however that doesn’t always mean tender meat. If you want fall-off-the-bone tender ribs bringing the temperature up to 190°F or more can melt the fat and collagens, which means tender! This can take anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours + when using an oven. Other cooking appliances will differ in cooking times as a pressure cooker makes tender meat in a fraction of the time!
How to make sticky bbq ribs?
Basting and broiling the barbecue sauce on, will create sticky ribs. However, you don’t want do this with super tender ribs otherwise it’ll get messy! Figuring out how well you like your ribs is key. The basting is a final step and takes fairly quick.
Is removing rib membrane necessary?
Removing the filmy membrane on ribs is optional and if baking long enough it should get tender. However, since membranes and fat just soften during the baking time it will still be on your meat, with a softer after taste. So to avoid any soft mushy bites just trim the ribs to get the fullest from your meat!
How to make fall off the bone ribs?
Put it this way, fall-off-the-bone ribs are well done. If you cook long enough they will get tender. When cooking ribs enclosed the steam works as a meat softener and is more prone to be tender than open roasted. So cook them long and closed!
- Use a heavy dutch oven or cast iron with lid for baking tender bbq ribs!
- Baste with sauce and broil last few minutes for sticky ribs!
- Use any flavored bbq sauce!
- If using a baking dish cover with foil.