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Tender Oven BBQ Ribs

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Make flavorful and tender BBQ ribs in the comfort of your kitchen with the help of the oven. These ribs are baked until perfect without the need for a smoker.

Cutting board with baked bbq ribs on top, cut into individual ribs, ready to eat.

These oven BBQ ribs are finger licking good and really easy to make. They are made indoors making them perfect for when there is inclement weather, you don’t have a smoker or you don’t want to deal with the hassle of babysitting a charcoal grill.

Grilled food and bbq has to be one of our favorite types of meal. Whether it is smoked and sauce coated or marinated and grilled, something about the combination of meat and fire is amazing.

BBQ sauce coated ribs on wood cutting board.

But sometimes stoking the fire and constantly checking the meat is too much. Or sometimes the weather forecast is working against you.

Luckily you can make juicy delicious barbecue ribs in your house as well. You don’t need any special equipment and you can hang out with your family or guests as they cook.

That’s right, no muss no fuss ribs right in you kitchen oven. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not!

So what are you waiting for? You can be enjoying great ribs coated in a sweet sauce in no time. Just be warned, you will want to lick every last drop off your sticky fingers

Prepping your ribs

Start with your favorite cut of pork ribs. St. Louis style ribs tend to be a favorite here but baby backs or whatever you have will work beautifully.

Next prick the ribs a few times with a fork to allow the spices to penetrate a bit. Then generously rub the ribs with the spice mix.

We used Montreal seasoning, but feel free to use your favorite mix or dry rub. Almost anything will work wonderfully.

Cook the ribs slowly at a nice low temperature until they are tender. Then brush them with your favorite bbq sauce and continue to bake until the sauce is thickened and caramelized a bit.

That’s it, it is really easy peasy!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when my ribs are done cooking?

Properly cooked ribs are juicy and tender the meat is when it is done cooking. You can cook them to your desired level of tenderness.

You can cook it until the meat literally falls right off the bone when it is done cooking or you can stop it a little bit earlier if you prefer. For food safety, you want your ribs to have a minimum internal temperature of 145°F.

However, because ribs have a lot of connective tissue, you usually want to cook them low and slow and to a higher temperature. For tender ribs, you want an internal temperature of about 195°F and for fall off the bone ribs, a temperature of about 203°F.

How many ribs do I need per person?

½ pound of ribs is typically a good serving for one person. With that being said, having ¾ – 1 pound per person will ensure you are prepared if you are making these ribs for a cook out or a party.

Ribs cut into individual bones, ready to serve.

More great recipes

You can also make yummy indoor ribs with the help of an instant pot. Check out the recipe for buffalo ribs in the instant pot for directions.

Macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and slow cooker smothered green beans make fabulous side dishes for ribs. Add a skillet of cornbread to round out the meal.

Hand holding bbq sauce coated rib.

Finish off your meal with some peach crisp or a lovely chocolate fudge cake. Then your bellies will be full and your taste buds will be happy.

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BBQ ribs on cutting board cut into individual ribs ready to eat.

Tender BBQ Ribs in the Oven

Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Carlee
Make easy oven BBQ ribs in the comfort of your kitchen. These tender ribs are baked until perfect without the need for a smoker. The cooking process is simple and almost mess free!
5 from 15 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes


  • 2 pounds pork ribs
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Montreal seasoning or your favorite spice mix
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce your favorite kind


  • Preheat the oven to 275°F
  • Place your rack of ribs on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
    2 pounds pork ribs
  • While the oven is preheating, use a fork to poke several small holes in the surface of the ribs, like you would to cook a potato.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and Montreal seasoning.
    1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 Tablespoon Montreal seasoning, ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • Massage the spice rub into the meaty side of the ribs, making sure it is completely covered. 
  • Place the ribs in the oven and cook for 4 hours.
  • Brush ribs with a thin layer of BBQ sauce and cook for an additional 15-30 minutes, or until the BBQ sauce is thick and sizzling.
    1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • Use a knife or kitchen shears to cut the ribs, serve with the rest of the BBQ sauce, and enjoy!


If making multiple slabs of ribs at once, switch the trays from the top to the bottom oven racks half way through cooking.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 609kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 49gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 238mgSodium: 1318mgFiber: 1gSugar: 38g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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