Prep 5 mins
Cook 4 hrs 15 mins
This is truly the ONLY rib recipe you will ever need. Ribs simply don't get any better than this! You'll need a fork and knife to eat these, as they will FALL OFF THE BONE. . .tastier than you can imagine. And they couldn't be easier, just throw them in the oven and you are good to go. . .just make sure you have some of your favorite BBQ sauce on hand!
- 2 racks pork baby back ribs (our favorite are baby back ribs, but this works well with St. Louis style ribs too)
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
- Season your ribs with Dale's marinade, your favorite rib rub, grill seasoning, or simply salt and pepper.
- Place ribs, meat side down, in baking dishes.
- Cover the baking dishes with aluminum foil and place in the oven.
- If you are using small baby back ribs, take out after 3.5 hours. If you are using regular baby back or St. Louis style ribs, then take out after 4 hours.
- Drain off the drippings. Flip the ribs over using two spatulas (and an extra set of hands if you have them) so the meat side is up. Be careful, as they may be so tender they fall apart.
- Put a layer of BBQ sauce on the ribs and return to the oven uncovered for an additional 20-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve them up with a side of potato salad and some baked beans.
With my wife away visiting my eldest daughter, and me at home managing three teen sons, I was searching for an easy, tasty recipe other then my staples of spaghetti, tacos, pizza, and Italian beefs. My wife has fixed ribs before, but usually used the boil and grill method. Seeing this one explained so clearly, and seemingly so easy, I thought I'd try it. I had two slabs of ribs and baked them at 225 for five hours (I had to run up and pick up something so they were in an hour over what it said). Even after 5 hours, the ribs were juicy, tender, and falling apart. I think having it covered gives it a lot of leeway in the cooking department, along with the low temp. Adding the sauce and baking it on uncovered for 25 minutes gave me ribs that I can honestly compare with restaurant quality (unless you want grilled of course). We make our own BBQ sauce as we like it spicy, so all I can say is EASY, FOOLPROOF, and DELICIOUS!!
I didn't have 4 1/2 hrs so I took one reader's suggestion and increased the temp to 300 deg F. It took 3 1/2 hrs to get them fork tender. Since the baking sheet had about 1/4" liquid on it, I put a layer of foil on a clean baking sheet and flipped each rack onto it with the help of my son holding the clean baking sheet. I slathered on over a cup of Moe Pritchett's BBQ sauce and baked for 15 min. Then slathered on another cup or so of BBQ sauce and baked for another 15 min. The second layer sticks better than the first.
Excellent ribs! We used Sweet Baby Ray's BB!Q sauce on ours.