Classic BBQ Pork Ribs

I’m not sure exactly why I don’t prepare ribs more often. Every time I think to make them, I’m reminded how friggin’ delicious they are, not to mention easy to make and dirt cheap. I can buy a rack of ribs at my local butcher for about 4 bucks…that’s just as cheap as any other meat I can get my hands on, and cheaper than fresh produce I typically buy to use in things like salad and pasta.

My go-to method for preparing ribs at home is to roast them right in the oven. I remember the first time I made ribs at home; I bought the meat and then spent hours surfing the internet trying to figure out the best way to cook them. I read about marinating, dry rubbing, basting, brining, smoking…it seemed like everyone had a VERY specific (and passionate) opinion about how to best prepare ribs. I ended up deciding to just bake the things, because I know how to cook meat in the oven, and sometimes – when you’re overwhelmed and very, very confused by the conflicting advice you get online about just about anything – you gotta just stick with what ya know.

The ribs came out perfectly, and I’ve been oven-roasting them ever since. I mix up a super simple dry rub (which I use for my pulled pork recipe) and then I just stick the ribs in the oven for a few hours while I spend three hours not cooking. It’s a pretty good situation. The ribs literally cook themselves, and they come out nicely every single time. I like to serve mine with my Crispy Smashed Potatoes and some corn on the cob – not much beats the classics when it comes to BBQ. Here’s my recipe, – happy BBQ’ing!

Classic BBQ Pork Ribs

Course barbecue, bbq, dinner
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword baby back ribs, babyback ribs, bbq sauce, dry rub ribs, oven ribs, oven roasted ribs, pork ribs, ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes


  • 1-2 racks pork baby back ribs membrane removed
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili flakes optional
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce store bought works great here!


  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit or 140C.

  2. Mix the chili powder, brown sugar, salt, paprika, chili flakes and pepper in a bowl and get rid of any lumps.

  3. Place your ribs on a baking sheet with a shallow rim and cover them on both sides with the spice rub. *The spice rub is enough for 2 racks of ribs, but all of it can be used for one rack.

  4. Add 1/4 cup water to the baking sheet underneath and around the ribs and then cover the tray tightly with foil.

  5. Roast the ribs for approximately 3 – 3.5 hours, or until the meat is pulling apart from the bone.

  6. When the ribs are 10 minutes from being done, heat the BBQ sauce in a sauce pan over medium heat.

  7. Remove the ribs from the oven and pour the BBQ sauce right over the ribs. You can slice the ribs either before or after you sauce them, it doesn't matter!

  8. If you want the ribs to have extra charred bits on top, you can pop them back in the oven under the grill/broiler for a few minutes after you've sauced them. It's up to you!

  9. Serve the ribs piping hot with extra sauce, if you like…enjoy!

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