Baby Back Ribs in the Oven Recipe

| May 24, 2020 | 3 Comments

Baby Back Ribs in the Oven

Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how to cook delicious Baby Back Ribs in the oven. We’ll even share our BBQ Sauce recipe with you. Printable recipe included.


Baby Back Ribs, enjoy!
We’re cooking Baby Back Ribs in the oven. You can finish them off in the oven, or on your grill. It’s up to you. These are really easy to make. Use our BBQ Sauce recipe, or one of your own. Either way, they’ll be delicious.


Baby Back Ribs, slider.

Summer is right around the corner, and thoughts of summer cookouts with family and friends begin to fill your mind once again. Am I right?

While this is a recipe for fully cooking Baby Back Ribs in the oven, you can finish them off on your grill if you prefer. It will be super easy and everyone will think you’ve been slaving over the grill all day. Smile.

I’ve tried all kinds of ways of preparing ribs in the oven over the years, and they haven’t all turned out to be enjoyable. And, no matter how hard I try, getting them to taste like you DID fuss with them all day on the grill, still evades me when I cook them in the oven. But, sometimes you just want to enjoy some good, delicious, RIBS.

I came across this way to prepare them while watching a TV program produced here in North Carolina called FlavorNC. I’ve always enjoyed watching the program, but really enjoyed it when they visited The Angus Barn Restaurant in Raleigh, our capital city.

The Angus Barn Steakhouse is well known in my neck of the woods, and the chef shared how they make their famous ribs in the oven on a special segment of the FlavorNC program. It looked so easy. And, I think it’s a great way to prepare some barbecue ribs when you don’t have access to cooking them outdoors.

I’m making these with one of my own BBQ Sauce recipes. I refer to this one as the Dark Sauce and created it years ago to use with our beef ribs that we served on the lunch buffet at my brother’s seafood restaurant. We always had a few extra folks that showed up on rib day. Smile.

I do hope you’ll give our recipe a try. And, be sure to share your results with us in the Comments section at the end of this recipe to let me know how they turned out for you. Whether you use my sauce, your sauce, or a store brand, I really think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Ready to give our recipe a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Baby Back Ribs, ingredients.
Baby Back Ribs Recipe – You’ll need these ingredients.

I’m using my own homemade Gordon’s Dark BBQ Sauce recipe. You can click HERE for the full step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe on how we make it. Or, you can use your favorite store brand if you prefer to not to make your own.


Baby Back Ribs, remove the silverskin.
Rinse your rack of ribs under cold running water and pat them dry with paper towels.

Flip them over to remove the silverskin. This is a thin connective tissue on the back of the ribs that is best removed before cooking. It’s not necessary, but it’s tough, even after cooking, and difficult to chew for some folks.

Use the point of a sharp paring knife and cut the skin on top of one of the bones. Lift up the skin with your knife so you can get enough pulled loose to be able to grab it with your fingers. Paper towels will help you grasp it much easier. Pull the thin silverskin away from the ribs and discard it.

It may be a little difficult to get started, but once you get a good grip on it, you can usually pull it off in one or two sections. You’ll be glad you did later. Smile.


Baby Back Ribs, place in baking pan.
I used my sheet cake pan to cook these in. You’ll need a large pan with some sides to it.

Line your pan with aluminum foil if needed, then place the ribs in the pan with the meat side up.


Baby Back Ribs, add salt.
Place 1/4 cup of salt in the corner of the pan.


Baby Back Ribs, add water.
Pour enough water over the salt to bring the water up to about one inch deep in the pan. It will cover some of the ribs, but you don’t want to fully submerge the ribs under water.

Stir the salt and water around a bit until most of the salt has dissolved. The meat will draw some of this salt water in as the meat is cooking in the oven.


Baby Back Ribs, cover the pan tightly.
Cover the pan tightly with more aluminum foil, shiny side up. Seal it good around all the edges.


Baby Back Ribs, baking time and temp.
Preheat your oven to 250F degrees.

Place the pan of ribs in the preheated oven and let them bake for about 2 hours. It’s best if you check the meat with a digital thermometer and let the ribs cook until the internal temp of the meat reaches about 175F degrees.

Ribs are done at 145F degrees, but they may still be tough. If you let them cook to about 175F degrees they should still be juicy, but more tender.


Baby Back Ribs, remove when done.
Remove them from the oven when they’re done.

Carefully drain off the remaining water.


Baby Back Ribs, bend but don't break.
When they’re done, they should bend when you pick them up, but not break apart. You’ll also notice the meat has started to pull back on the bones some around the edges.


Baby Back Ribs, brush with sauce while hot.
Brush a liberal coating of your BBQ Sauce on both sides of the ribs while they are still hot.

The tissues in the meat will be open when cooked. Brushing the sauce on now will let it enter into the meat some as it begins to draw back together during the cool down period.

Let the ribs cool on the counter top.


Baby Back Ribs, cover again.
When the ribs have pretty much cooled down, wrap them back up again with the aluminum foil.


Baby Back Ribs, refrigerate overnight.
Place the covered pan of ribs in your refrigerator and let them stay overnight. You could even let them stay for two to three days if you’d like. This is a great way to get the ribs started ahead of time.


Baby Back Ribs, add more sauce.
Pull the ribs out of the refrigerator about an hour before you intend to serve them. They can start coming back up to room temperature while you once again preheat the oven to 250F degrees.

Brush on another good coat of your BBQ Sauce. Be sure to coat both sides. Smile.


Baby Back Ribs, sting them with honey.
“Sting” them with a drizzle of honey for another layer of flavor.

It’s not required, but if you have it, drizzle a little bit of honey over the ribs. Good stuff.


Baby Back Ribs, warm the ribs up.
Place the ribs, UNCOVERED, on the middle rack of your 250F degree preheated oven.

The ribs are already fully cooked, we’re just going to warm them up so we can enjoy them.

You could also warm them up on your grill if you prefer. Either way, they just need to warm up to about 145F degrees again.


Baby Back Ribs, ready to serve.
And now you have a full rack of ribs ready to serve. You can leave them as is, or brush on another coat of your BBQ Sauce if you prefer them a little messy. Smile.


Baby Back Ribs, enjoy.


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Baby Back Ribs, printbox.

Baby Back Ribs in the Oven Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


When you can’t cook on the grill, you can still enjoy our easy Baby Back Ribs, made right in your oven. They do require an overnight stay in the refrigerator, but that just means you can do most of the work a day or two ahead of time and just warm them up prior to serving.



1 rack of Baby Back Ribs (2-3lbs)
1/4 cup Salt
1 cup BBQ Sauce


Rinse the ribs under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels.
Carefully remove the silverskin from the back of the ribs. Discard silverskin.
Place ribs in a foil lined baking pan.
Add 1/4 cup salt to one corner of the pan, not on the ribs.
Add enough water, over the salt, to bring water up to one inch deep in the pan.
Stir the salt into the water if needed until salt is dissolved.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil, shiny side up, and secure tightly around pan.
Bake at 250F degrees for 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
Ribs should cook to an internal temp of 175F degrees to be juicy and tender.
Remove from oven when done. Carefully drain off the remaining water.
Coat the ribs on both sides with BBQ Sauce while ribs are still hot.
Let ribs cool.
Cover the pan once again with aluminum foil.
Refrigerate the ribs overnight.
Remove ribs from refrigerator about one hour prior to serving.
Brush another layer of BBQ Sauce on both sides of the ribs.
If you like, drizzle about 1 Tablespoon of Honey over the ribs. Let them return to room temperature.
Thirty minutes before serving, place the ribs, UNCOVERED, on the middle rack of a 250F degree oven.
Ribs are already cooked, we’re just heating them up to about 145F degrees in order to serve them.


Bake these a day or two ahead of time, then just warm them up prior to serving. You can even finish them off on your grill if you prefer. Super easy.

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  1. Rick Thompson says:

    I have tried cooking ribs in the oven in the past without great success. We are currently in an extended stay location and the grill is in storage. Mama wanted baby backs and I found your recipe. Great recipe and the outcome was fantastic. Thank you for sharing.
    Rick Thompson

  2. Patti Lawrence says:

    Best ever…easy to follow instructions we will use your recipe every time in the future.
    Thats saying a lot from this Texas Gal.
    Can not wait to try some of your other recipes

  3. Kathleen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s a good recipe I can make and drop off to folks while we wait for the time we can all sit down together at the same table.
    Or perhaps we can share some BBQ outside while “social distancing “.

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