Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs

Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs come out wonderfully tender with sticky barbecue coating seasoned with paprika, brown sugar, and garlic powder.

We already have the recipe for Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs on the blog, so it seemed like about time we add the oven version. This is an easy way to make a classic grilled recipe from the comfort of your own kitchen. It’s a favorite Dinner that turns out with tender meat and incredible flavor every time.

Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs on serving tray

These delicious pork ribs are prepped with a spice rub for a boost of flavor. Then the rack of ribs is glazed with BBQ sauce for the ultimate taste. BBQ Ribs are usually a dish saved for summer cookouts, but thanks to this recipe you can make melt in your mouth tender meat right in the oven. Just cook the ribs recipe in tin foil before placing it on a baking sheet and coating in your favorite barbecue sauce to finish the baking. There’s also a grilling method included.

You can serve the rib recipe along with your favorite appetizer dips like Memphis BBQ Sauce or Alabama White Sauce. In fact, this Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs Recipe makes a great appetizer to serve at a gameday party. Put the sticky ribs out with plenty of napkins to stop a mess! Your guests are sure to love them along with the dip with chips and other simple party snacks you put out.

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  • Dry rub: Mix together the brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl to make the rib rub. Set that to the side while you prep your meat.
  • Prepping the rack of ribs: Place the ribs meat-side down on a cutting board, then peel back the skin on the back of the ribs. Once the skin is off, rub the ribs on all sides with the dry rub. Cut a piece of tin foil to size and wrap the piece of tinfoil around the ribs. Place the tin foil packed ribs on a roasting pan and bake for a couple of hours.
  • Grill: To finish the cooking time on the grill, set the grill to medium-high heat. Take the baking sheet from the oven and remove the ribs from the foil. Cook ribs over indirect heat, and brush the ribs with barbecue sauce. Once the sauce is caramelized you can enjoy it.
  • Oven: Remove the ribs from the foil pack and place them on a baking dish. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees. Brush with barbecue sauce. Cook for 15 minutes. Open the oven and brush with barbecue sauce. Then cook for a final 15 minutes, and Bon Appétit!
  • Barbecue Sauce recipe: You can either use your favorite BBQ sauce from the grocery store, or you can make your own Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe. To make the barbecue sauce recipe you need simple ingredients like vegetable oil, diced onion, minced garlic, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, kosher salt, and pepper.
Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs on cooking tray brushed with sauce


  • Oven-Baked BBQ Sauce ingredients: For some extra flavor in the barbecue sauce mixture, try whisking in a couple of Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, or even cranberry sauce to add to the incredible flavor. You can also get a nice smoke flavor by adding liquid smoke or hickory smoke. 
  • Honey Barbecue Sauce: Instead of the ⅓ cup brown sugar in the recipe make Honey Barbecue Sauce by mixing honey into your favorite BBQ Sauce then use that to sweeten the ribs. You could also use ⅓ cup molasses instead of honey. For a boost of flavor make Apricot Honey Barbecue Ribs. To make Apricot Honey Barbecue Sauce keep the honey amount the same and whisk in ¼ cup apricot preserves. Brush that over the ribs before baking.
  • Spicy BBQ Sauce: To make a spicy barbecue sauce whisk a little hot sauce into your barbecue sauce before brushing it over the ribs.
  • Spice rub: There are lots of different ingredients you can mix into the spice rub. Try adding extra minced garlic cloves, or an extra few teaspoons of garlic powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, chili powder, or a teaspoon of onion powder would all taste great in the spice mixture. After cooking you could also add to the homemade spice rub by topping the ribs off with fresh thyme and fennel seeds.
Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs on serving tray


  • Mix together the dry rub in a small bowl. Rub it over the ribs on all sides.
  • Place the rack in the bottom of a 6-quart instant pot. Pour in the liquid ingredients.
  • Place the ribs inside the pot.
  • Cover and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then vent to release the remaining pressure. 
  • Near the end of the cooking time, place a rack in the upper third of your oven and set the oven to broil. Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil. Transfer the cooked ribs to the foil, then brush them with BBQ sauce. Place under the broiler until the sauce caramelizes. Take them out after about 2 minutes.


  • Prep the ribs with a dry rub.
  • Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray, then pour in the liquid ingredients.
  • Place the ribs in the slow cooker for 7-8 hours on low heat.
  • Baste the ribs in BBQ sauce.
  • Place ribs on a baking sheet and set the oven to broil.
  • Remove from the oven once the sauce begins to caramelize.
Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs on serving tray being brushed



  • Serve: Don’t leave Baked BBQ Ribs at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: Let the ribs cool, then put them in a Ziploc bag or another airtight container to store in the fridge. They’ll be good for about 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: You can also keep them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs

Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs come out wonderfully tender with sticky barbecue coating seasoned with paprika, brown sugar, and garlic powder.
Yield 10 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Mix the brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  • Place ribs meat-side down on cutting board and peel back the skin on the back of the ribs. Rub the ribs on both sides generously with the dry rub and wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 2 hours.

To finish on the grill:

  • Heat grill to medium-high. Remove ribs from foil and cook on indirect heat, brushing with barbecue sauce until caramelized.

To finish in the oven:

  • Raise temperature to 375 degrees. Remove ribs from foil and brush thoroughly with barbecue sauce. Cook for 15 minutes. Brush with sauce again and cook an additional 15 minutes.


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 2783mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 1197IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Ultimate Oven Barbecue Ribs
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Hi Sabrina,
    I’ve never cooked ribs so please excuse me if this seems a silly question.
    When I “peel back the skin”, do I remove it completely or is it replaced at some stage? If the latter then when do I replace it?