Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe

Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs
The American Classic Comfort Food Done In Your Oven

This baby back pork ribs recipe is super easy and low maintenance.  Believe it or not, you can get the restaurant quality from your oven at home.  I am sure you will put this on top of your favorite recipe list after the first trial. 

Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - This baby back pork ribs recipe is so easy and low maintenance with restaurant quality.  It is best served in cold weather.


Total Time:
7 Hours
Prep Time
: 10 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes  
Inactive Cook Time: 6.5 Hours  
Serving: 2-4



I never thought that I would cook this American classic myself. We always had this dish in a restaurant.

Before making this baby back pork ribs recipe, I seriously believed that it would be too much work and time to make a dinner like this at home.  (Specially, if you have seen enough videos or TV shows of how these ribs cooked in a restaurant setting.)  It was way better to step into a restaurant and enjoy the meal without too much mess, right?  That had been my perception for a long time before making this dish on my own.

Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs
The American Classic
Comfort Food
Done In Your Oven

But what made me to do it myself? Well, we used to go to this restaurant quite often which claims that their ribs are their specialty, or best in town.  However, we realized that the quality of their ribs fluctuated.  Sometimes, they were really good.  Sometimes, they were not even up to standard.  

Hearing that same complaint from my husband over and over for so many times, I decided to give it a try to do it myself. Little did I expect that it is out of this world.  It is way better than going into a restaurant to enjoy it.

What I like about this recipe is that if it is on a day when you stay at home, your oven does multi-tasking for you. Really?  Really, no kidding.  It makes the whole house smells good and feels cozy, especially on a cold, rainy day. 

Throughout all these years, I learn that different people have different preference of BBQ sauce flavors.  You sure can decide however you want it with this baby back pork ribs recipe.  You can use any store bought brands, like I do here, or personalize your BBQ seasonings and sauce.  What not to love, right?

Throughout the time when the ribs cooking in the oven, you can either relax or do other chores in your house.  The “hardest” work you need to do with this dish is either flip or glaze the ribs.  Your active cook time is less than 30 minutes in total vs the ribs staying in the oven for 6.5 hours totally.

Believe me, when you see these easy BBQ baby back ribs serving on the table falling off the bones, you will be super proud of yourself.  Once you take that first bite, you are going to plan for making it again soon.

Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - This baby back pork ribs recipe is super easy and low maintenance.  Believe it or not, you can get the restaurant quality from your oven at home.

CHEF NOTES

Start cooking this easy BBQ baby back ribs around 11 am or noon on a weekend, it will be ready for dinner by 6 or 7pm.  Enjoy!

Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe
Ingredients and Instructions

Ingredients

3.5 lbs Baby Back Ribs
2 tbsp BBQ Seasoning (of your preference)
2 cups BBQ sauce (divided; any kind you want; I use Baby Ray brand Hickory and Brown Sugar)
¼ cup Water
2 heaping tbsp brown sugar (you can also use honey instead)
Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven at 425F
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up later (I personally line 2 layers of foil in case it breaks and leak during the cooking process)
  3. Turn ribs over with bones facing up, remove membrane and discard
  4. Sprinkle BBQ Seasoning generously over the entire baby back rib from top to bottom and single layer on foil lined baking sheet bone side down
  5. Bake ribs in the oven uncovered for an hour
  6. Turn oven temperature down to 250F
  7. Cover baking sheet with foil tightly (double layer if necessary. Every corner of the baking sheet should be sealed all the way around) ; and cook for 4 hours (don't open the oven to peek).  While waiting, enjoy a movie or do anything you like in your house.
  8. About 20 minutes before that 4th hour is up, mix BBQ sauce, brown sugar and water together; salt and pepper to taste (sauce may look watery.  But it will condense later without burning the meat)
  9. Uncover ribs (spoon out extra grease on baking sheet and discard), turn up oven temperature to 400F and glaze it with the BBQ sauce liberally and bake 30 minutes uncovered
  10. Turn ribs over bone side up (you may need to have a pair of tongs and a big spatula to help you so the ribs don’t fall apart on you) and glaze it with BBQ sauce liberally and bake 30 minutes uncovered
  11. Turn over the ribs again and glaze it one last time and bake for the last 30 minutes
  12. Take the ribs out of the oven and rest 10 minutes in room temperature before carving and serve with cinnamon apple, salad or fries and extra BBQ sauce on the side

Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe - Summary

I thought it would be easier if I write a few bullets here to divide those 6.5 hours inactive cooking time for you:

  1. 1st hour - 425F; meat side up
  2. 2nd - 5th hour - 250F,  covered with foil
  3. Last 90 minutes - 400F  uncovered, glaze with BBQ sauce liberally and bake 30 minutes every time after flipping the meat over
  4. 10 minutes - rest before serving

Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe
Steps with Photos

Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - Use a short knife to find the membrane.  Then, pull and discardUse a short knife to find the membrane. Then, pull and discard
Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - Meat side up on foil lined baking sheetMeat side up on foil lined baking sheet
Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - Ribs after the 1st hour in the oven with high cooking temperatureRibs after the 1st hour in the oven with high cooking temperature
Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - Cover ribs tightly with foil and bake for 4 hours in low temperatureCover ribs tightly with foil and bake for 4 hours in low temperature
Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - First layer of glaze and bake uncoveredFirst layer of glaze and bake uncovered
Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - Use a pair of tongs and a big spatula carefully to turn ribs over and put on glaze and bake againUse a pair of tongs and a big spatula carefully to turn ribs over and put on glaze and bake again
Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - Ribs are ready to serve after second layer of glaze on meat sideRibs are ready to serve after second layer of glaze on meat side
Baby Back Pork Ribs Recipe | Easy Oven Baked Fall Apart Ribs - Serve extra sauce on the side with ribs and ENJOY!Serve extra sauce on the side with ribs and ENJOY!

Recipe Ingredients and Tools


Serve This With: 

Cabbage Mandarin Orange Salad With Honey Garlic Dressing

Savoy Cabbage Salad Ginger Vinaigrette

Warm Cinnamon Apples



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