Mastering the Art of Easy Oven Baked Beef Back Ribs

2 racks of back ribs. The left is bone side up and the right is bone side down (meat side up).

Welcome, BBQ enthusiasts! If you’re on the hunt for the perfect beef back ribs recipe, look no further. We’ve got you covered with this tender and easy oven baked beef back ribs recipe. Get ready to indulge in ribs that are falling off the bone and tender as can be.

How To Cook Beef Back Ribs In The Oven

This oven baked beef back rib recipe is incredibly simple and yields mouthwatering results.

  • Start by seasoning the beef back ribs with salt and pepper. Place them (bone side up) into two layers of tightly wrapped aluminum foil.
  • Bake the package of beef back ribs in the oven at 275°F for approximately 3 ½ – 4 hours, or until the meat easily separates from the bone. Use a sheet pan to bake the ribs on in the oven.
  • Carefully open the aluminum foil, flip the beef ribs to the meat side up, baste them with your favorite BBQ sauce, and broil until the sauce caramelizes. Keep an eye on this step to prevent burning.

Ribs release fat / grease when cooked. Before basting and broiling, flip ribs over to meat side up and remove from grease so as to avoid a grease fire when broiling (highly unlikely but still advised).

Oven Baked Beef Back Ribs Recipe Variations

While this recipe calls for only salt and pepper seasoning, feel free to get creative and add your favorite spices to the back ribs before cooking. Consider ingredients like paprika, cumin, oregano, chili powder, dry mustard, cayenne powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. However, keep in mind that the strong flavor of BBQ sauce may overpower the spices, so use them sparingly.

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General Notes On Cooking Beef Back Ribs In The Oven

Determining when beef back ribs are done cooking is fairly simple. Look for two signs: the meat shrinking away from the bone and the meat’s tenderness. These are clear indications that the ribs are perfectly cooked.

Before basting the beef ribs and broiling them, remove them from the aluminum foil packet, flip them over with the meat side up (bone side down), and place them on an aluminum-lined sheet pan. This step helps prevent potential grease fires when broiling the BBQ sauce on the ribs, although such incidents are highly unlikely.

What is The Membrane on Beef Back Ribs?

The membrane on ribs, known as the silver skin, is a tough and chewy layer that cannot be easily chewed or digested. While some people choose to remove it, it’s not necessary. You can simply cook the ribs as is, and the membrane can be easily pulled away while eating.

After cooking for 3 ½ hours, baste with barbecue sauce and toss back in the oven to broil a couple of minutes or until caramelized.

Are Beef Back Ribs The Same As Beef Short Ribs?

No, beef back ribs and beef short ribs are not the same. Beef back ribs are located closest to the spine and shoulder of the cow, while beef short ribs are meatier and found in the breastbone or underside of the cow. Back ribs tend to be elongated and larger, while short ribs are meatier on top of the bone.

Back ribs are the remnants left when you cut the bones off a prime rib roast or ribeye steak. This makes them more affordable, yet still packed with flavor thanks to their marbling.

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Are Oven Baked Beef Back Ribs Tough?

In general, all ribs can be tough if not cooked long enough at a low heat. However, beef back ribs can be incredibly tender if slow-cooked for a long time at a low heat, around 275°F for approximately 4 hours. The extended cooking time helps develop that mouthwatering flavor and fall-off-the-bone tenderness.

How Many Ribs are In A Rack of Beef Back Ribs?

Typically, a full rack of beef back ribs consists of ribs 6-12, totaling 8 ribs. However, they don’t always come as one large rack. In this recipe, we use two separate half racks, still totaling 8 ribs. The ribs used here are smaller and from the hind end of the cow. Conversely, larger back ribs come from the shoulder end of the cow.

Easy Oven Baked Beef Back Ribs Recipe FAQs

Q: How long does it take to cook beef back ribs in the oven?
A: Approximately 3 ½ – 4 hours at 275°F.

Q: Can I add spices to the beef back ribs before cooking?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with your favorite spices, but keep in mind that BBQ sauce has a strong flavor that may overpower other spices.

Q: Is it necessary to remove the membrane from the back ribs?
A: While it’s not necessary, the membrane can be easily pulled away as you eat.

Q: Are beef back ribs the same as beef short ribs?
A: No, they are different. Beef back ribs are larger, elongated, and closer to the spine, while beef short ribs are meaty and located in the breastbone or underside of the cow.

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Now that you’ve mastered the art of cooking easy oven baked beef back ribs, it’s time to fire up that oven and indulge in a truly mouthwatering BBQ experience. For more delectable recipes and BBQ inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Happy grilling!