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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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