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Easy & Tender Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Juicy, tender, and flavorful baked baby back ribs, slow-cooked to perfection and baked to caramelized, smoky-sweet goodness. A rib lover’s dream.

Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs Recipe

We love ribs at our house and have tested tons of different recipes over the years.

With all that experience, believe me when I tell you, today’s baked baby back rib recipe is a definite winner.

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These oven-baked ribs have a ton of flavor and come out so tender that you can cut them with a butter knife.

The cooking process for this recipe is also very simple, making it a great way to start your journey, if you are new to making ribs at home.

Baked Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Serve these flavorful ribs with your favorite side dishes, like this easy potato salad, twice baked mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or cornbread. Your family will definitely want to put them on regular rotation.

Prep: 30 mins

Cook Time: 3 hr 10 mins

Total: 3 hr 40 mins

Yield: 6-8 servings

Baked Baby Back Rib Recipe:

Baked Baby Back Rib Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 slap baby back ribs
  • ½ cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp season salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, optional

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 245 F.

2. Clean ribs and remove the thin membrane on the back of the ribs. They should be smooth in the back.

3. Pat the ribs dry with paper towel.

Baked Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

5. Coat both sides of the rack of ribs in mustard to help tenderize the meat. Don’t worry, it won’t taste like mustard once cooked.

6. Add garlic powder, onion powder, both peppers, and paprika. Don’t rub it in.

Baked Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

7. Next, top with season salt. Again, don’t rub it in.

8. Season both sides of the ribs.

9. Wrap ribs tightly in tin foil and cook for 2 hours.

Baked Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

10. After two hours, remove the ribs from the oven and carefully open the foil.

Baked Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

11. Add the brown sugar, honey, and butter.

12. Tent the foil so that it is not touching the meat.

Baked Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

13. Return to the oven for an additional hour.

Baked Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

14. If you want to add BBQ sauce, add it now. Turn up the oven temperature to 425 F and cook for an additional 10 mins, until the sauce is nice and sticky.

Baked Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Notes:

  • Don’t prep your meat sooner than 2 hours in advance of baking.
  • Bring the meat to room temperature before baking.
  • Do not rub in the seasonings. The salt will dry out the meat.
Baked Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use your favorite BBQ sauce from the grocery store or make your own BBQ sauce at home with this great recipe.
  • Slow cooking is a great go-to method when it comes to cooking ribs, especially if you want to end up with really tender meat. The low heat and longer cook time helps break down the connective tissue in tough cuts of meat, leaving you with tender, juicy ribs that fall off the bone. Marinating your meat also helps this process along.
  • Use a sharp paring knife to remove the thin layer of silver skin from the ribs. Removing that thin membrane on the bone side of the ribs is an important step that allows all the great flavor from your seasonings to absorb into the surface of the meat.
Baked Ribs
  • This recipe can be made with pork ribs and all types of beef ribs. Whatever cut of meat you are using, be sure the internal temperature reaches the recommended temperature for food safety. For ribs, that is 190 degrees F. The best and easiest way to do this is with a meat thermometer, inserted into the thickest part of the meat.
  • To make cleanup easy, place ribs on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper while you prepare the meat.
  • Cover leftover ribs in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container to store in the fridge for a few days.
Baked Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Looking for more delicious recipes for ribs? Try these slow cooker ribs, some smoked baby backs,  or a Korean short rib recipe.

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Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Baked Baby Back Ribs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Juicy, tender, and flavorful baked baby back ribs, slow-cooked to perfection and baked to caramelized, smoky-sweet goodness. A rib lover's dream.

Ingredients

  • 1 slap baby back ribs
  • ½ cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp season salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, optional

Instructions

1. Clean ribs and remove the thin membrane on the back of the ribs. They should be smooth in the back.

2. Pat the ribs dry with paper towel.

3. Coat both sides of the rack of ribs in mustard to help tenderize the meat. Don't worry, it won't taste like mustard once cooked.

4. Add garlic powder, onion powder, both peppers, and paprika. Don't rub it in.

5. Next, top with season salt. Again, don’t rub it in.

6. Season both sides of the ribs.

7. Wrap ribs tightly in tin foil and cook for 2 hours.

8. After two hours, remove the ribs from the oven and carefully open the foil.

9. Add the brown sugar, honey, and butter.

10. Tent the foil so that it is not touching the meat.

11. Return to the oven for an additional hour.

12. If you want to add BBQ sauce, add it now. Turn up the oven temperature to 425F and cook for an additional 10 mins, until the sauce is nice and sticky.

13. Bring the meat to room temperature before baking.

Notes

  • Don't prep your meat sooner than 2 hours in advance of baking.
  • Bring the meat to room temperature before baking.
  • Do not rub in the seasonings. The salt will dry out the meat.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 1272mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 44gProtein: 3g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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