How to Cook the Best Ribs in the Oven

Easy method for making the best ribs ever!

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 4 hours

Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes

Servings 6 servings

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Keyword ribs, ribs in the oven


  • 6 pounds (2 slabs) baby back pork ribs
  • your favorite dry barbecue rub (I like McCormick Grillmates Sweet & Smoky Rub)
  • your favorite barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s)


  • Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Remove the membrane, or silverskin, covering the bone side of each rib rack. Slide a table knife under the silverskin anywhere along the rack. If it resists in one spot, try another. Lift and loosen it with the knife until you can grab it with a paper towel. Pull it off the ribs; it should peel away in one large sheet, but if it breaks, use the knife to restart at another section.
  • Place two large pieces of foil (stacked) on a baking sheet. Rub one of the rib racks with your favorite barbecue rub on both sides, then place the rack meat- side down on the foil. Place another two layers of foil on top of the rack. Pinch foil together all around the sides to create a « package. » Repeat with the other rack of ribs, dry rub and foil. Place both baking sheets of ribs into the preheated oven. Bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, or until ribs are falling-apart tender.
  • Open up the rib packages, gently transfer the ribs to a cutting board and cut into one or two-rib chunks. Drizzle with barbecue sauce. You can either return the ribs to the oven at this point and place them under the broiler to get a nice, caramelized barbecue sauce on your ribs… or you can transfer them to a pre-heated grill and grill for a few minutes. Either way, they turn out fabulous.


  • If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use a brand of BBQ sauce that is known to be GF.
  • If you leave the silverskin on, it keeps seasonings and smoke from penetrating the meat, and it cooks into a tough skin on the ribs. Some racks are sold with the silverskin already removed (usually not though), but you probably won’t know this until you open the package.