Oven baked baby back ribs slathered in barbecue sauce.
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The Best Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs and Dry Rub Recipe

Oven-baked baby back ribs are mouthwateringly juicy, fall off the bone tender, and when slathered with tangy barbecue sauce, just plain finger-licking' good!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Resting time2 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: main dish, oven baked baby back ribs
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby



Oven-Cooked Baby Back Rib Ingredients:

  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs about 1 1/2 lb each
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce we like Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Baby Back Ribs Dry Rub Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the slabs by using the blade of a small paring knife to pry up a corner of the membrane. Then grab it with a paper towel and peel it off down the length of the meat.
  • Combine all dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle the dry rub liberally over the front and back of the rack and gently rub it in.
  • For the best flavor, let the meat sit with the rub for at least 30 minutes, or you can cover and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • When ready to cook the meat, wrap the slabs in heavy-duty aluminum foil and place them on a baking sheet with a rim. Place them in the oven and cook for one hour and thirty minutes or until the meat starts pulling away from the bone and is tender.
  • When the pork is done, open the foil packet completely and brush on your favorite barbecue sauce. Turn up the heat to 350 degrees and let the meat cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with plenty of napkins!


If you prefer you can cook the racks in a slow cooker or crockpot. After they have marinated in the rub, add to your slow cooker and cook on low 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. When the meat is done, remove from the slow cooker and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush on your favorite barbecue sauce and bake at 350 degrees for an additional 30 minutes or until the barbecue sauce caramelizes.
To finish the baby back ribs on the grill instead of the oven; when they are done, preheat the grill to 350 degrees. Place the slabs of meat on the grill grate and generously coat with your favorite BBQ sauce. Grill the slabs on both sides until the BBQ sauce is browned and bubbling, about 5 minutes per side.
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Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 12.4mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2.2mg