These easy baked pork ribs are a breeze to make! The spice rub is a piece of cake to put together, and it makes enough for the rub and the BBQ sauce that you’ll also top the ribs with right before serving.
Tips for Cooking Ribs
Sometimes when I’m craving ribs, I want a classic style but I don’t want to have to worry about getting a grill out and the mess off foil and dripping fat and constant turning every 30 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes tending to a certain item while cooking is therapeutic. But let’s be honest – rarely do we all have time for such an endeavor. So this is my answer to a practically mess-free, and no-fuss rib.
It takes 3.5 hours to cook, but once you put those baby backs in the oven, you don’t have to turn them, you don’t have to open that oven again until you take them out. I’ve tried this recipe in three different ovens in two different states now and each time they come out perfect.
Wrap them tightly in tinfoil while cooking and you’ll barely have any stains on your pan when you’re done. And what is on your pan will wash right off without heavy-duty scrubbing. That’s a HUGE timesaver in my book!
The next best thing about these ribs is that they are pretty much “set it and forget it” another nice cooking aspect, especially if you’ve got other sides or work to do. Once you’ve covered them in the rub, wrapped them in foil, and preheated your oven, you really just need to pop them in and leave them be for 3.5 hours.
The Pork Ribs Sauce
You may notice it’s similar to my other BBQ sauce – the same method but this recipe is more “traditional” it doesn’t have all the Mexican spices and smokey-ness of the chilies added. So if you like a more traditional sauce – this one is for you!
I love this classic version of the barbecue sauce too – it’s sweet, tangy, and a little spicy. It makes the best coating for the ribs and the sweetness in the sauce is just perfect to bring out the sweetness of the meat.
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Easy Baked Pork Ribs
Take the mess and hassle out of making ribs – this laid back recipe will have you and your table impressed and reaching for more.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Additional Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
- Total Time: 3 hours 55 minutes
- Yield: 2–4 1x
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: GlutenFreeDiet
- 3 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, tightly packed
- 3 Tablespoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 2 Tablespoon Onion Powder
- 2 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chipotle Powder
- 1 tsp all spice
The Sauce Recipe
- 1 3/4 cups Chicken Stock (or vegetable stock)
- 2/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/3 cup Spice Rub (from above)
- 1/3 cup Ketchup
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon
Easy Pork Ribs
- 1 Rack of Pork
- Spice Rub (recipe above)
- Sauce (recipe above)
- Sides of Choice
- Preheat your oven 225 F.
- Get a rimmed cookie sheet and place a large piece of foil on it. Place your cleaned ribs (remove the film on the bottom of the ribs if needed) on the foil and pat dry.
- Divide your spice mixture in half. Take one half and sprinkle generously over a full rack of pork ribs, gently pressing the rub into the meat. You may not need all of it.
- Once coated – wrap tightly in foil and place in the oven for 3.5 hours.
- When the ribs have about 45-30 minutes left, start your sides (roasted veggies are great, sweet potato puree, mashed potatoes, or grits are all great!)
- Also combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium sauce pot and place on medium low heat. Stir occasionally and cook until the sauce has reduced by half.
- When the ribs are done, remove from the oven but keep wrapped in foil for about 20 minutes to let them rest.
- Unwrap the foil carefully (oil and fat will be in the bottom of the foil) you can remove the ribs using tongs and then pour this back on the ribs if desired, or discard the fat. Pour the sauce over the ribs and cut along the individual bones as desired.
- Serve with sides and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1/2 Rack
- Calories: 565
- Fat: 4
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