Tender and Juicy Baby Back Ribs: The Perfect Oven Recipe

There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into tender and juicy baby back ribs. The combination of a flavorful dry rub and a tangy barbecue sauce creates a taste sensation that is hard to resist. If you’ve been craving these mouthwatering ribs, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you. Get ready to impress your friends and family with this delicious dish!

Barbecue Ribs Ingredients

To make these finger-licking ribs, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Pork Baby Back Ribs: Look for the leanest baby back ribs and trim off any excess fat.
  • White Onion: Adds flavor while baking. Feel free to use your favorite variety.
  • Brown Sugar: Dark or light brown sugar works great.
  • Paprika: Adds beautiful color to the ribs. Opt for sweet paprika rather than smoked.
  • Salt & Pepper: Adjust to your taste.
  • Garlic Powder: Evenly coats the ribs, providing a consistent flavor.
  • Ground Mustard: Adds a subtle kick. For extra flavor, marinate the ribs in wet yellow mustard.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Gives the ribs a slight heat that complements the other spices.
  • Onion Powder: Helps achieve a classic flavor in the spice rub.

All the ingredients and spices needed to make oven-baked baby back ribs.

How To Make Baby Back Ribs In The Oven

Follow these steps to create the most succulent baby back ribs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and onion powder.
  3. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and rinse them under cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture over the meaty side of the ribs and massage it into the meat. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Place the ribs with the dry rub on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, meaty side up. Cover the top with sliced onions. Wrap the ribs tightly with the foil and place them on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 2 1/2 hours, checking for tenderness. If needed, cook for an additional 20 minutes until the ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender.
  7. Remove the ribs from the oven, discard the foil and drippings, and place them back on the baking sheet lined with foil.
  8. Brush the ribs generously with barbecue sauce and broil or grill for 5-10 minutes until the sauce bubbles and caramelizes.
  9. Allow the ribs to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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How Long To Cook Ribs In The Oven

For the most tender and juicy baby back ribs, we recommend cooking them low and slow. Preheat the oven to 275°F and bake the ribs for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Then, turn the oven to broil to caramelize the barbecue sauce for 5-10 minutes.

If you’re short on time, you can adjust the cooking temperature and times as follows:

  • 275°F: 2-2 1/2 hours
  • 300°F: 1 1/2-2 hours
  • 350°F: 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours

How to remove the membrane from the baby back ribs.

Do You Have To Remove The Membrane?

Yes, removing the membrane is crucial for achieving the most flavorful and tender ribs. The membrane, also known as the silver skin, does not soften like the rest of the meat when cooked. It becomes tough and chewy, preventing the dry rub and barbecue sauce from fully penetrating the ribs. Removing the membrane ensures a better texture and flavor.

What To Serve With Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

While these ribs are delicious on their own, they pair perfectly with a variety of side dishes. Here are a few favorites:

  • Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges
  • Garlic Roasted Potatoes With Bacon
  • Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes
  • Homemade Baked Beans

Don’t be afraid to get creative and serve these ribs with your favorite sides. The possibilities are endless!

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