When you’re in the mood for ribs, but don’t want to spend hours at the stove, this easy oven ribs recipe is for you. The meat comes out perfectly tender and smoky-sweet all without your having to watch it carefully or hovering over a hot grill.
For this easy oven ribs recipe, select a full rack of baby back ribs.
For this easy oven ribs recipe, select a full rack of baby back ribs. You can use spareribs if you have them on hand, but they will take longer to cook than baby backs. If you don’t have a full rack, don’t worry just use half!
Next, make your rub.
Next, make the rub. Mix salt, pepper, and brown sugar in a small bowl. For added flavour add some of your favourite spices like paprika or chili powder. Rub the mixture on easy oven ribs before cooking for about 30 minutes or until sticky.
Cut the rack into sections that will fit in a pan.
Now that you have your easy oven ribs, it’s time to start cooking them. This step is simple: just cut the rack into sections that will fit in a pan.
To do this, you’ll need a sharp knife and some patience! You’ll be cutting along the bones in between each rib so they will separate easily once cooked. Make sure not to cut through any bones though the goal is for your rack to remain intact after cooking!
Once you’ve separated all the ribs into individual pieces, place them in an oven-safe pan (with enough room for all of them) and bake them at 200°F for about 2 hours until they’re tender enough for eating without being mushy or falling apart on your plate.
Place the pieces in an ovenproof pan and cover tightly with foil.
Once you’ve collected your ingredients and measured out the spices, place your easy oven ribs in an ovenproof pan. Cover the pan tightly with foil or a lid (if you have one). If you don’t have a lid that fits over the pan, cover it with foil instead. This will keep any moisture from escaping while they cook and ensure that they stay moist and tender.
Bake for 2 to 3 hours until very tender.
The time will vary depending on the easy oven ribs. The ribs should be so tender that they fall off the bone when you test them with a fork or tongs.
While the ribs are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a medium pot over high heat, combine ketchup and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
Remove from oven and drain liquid.
Remove from oven and drain liquid. Remove the foil and let cool slightly. Use a spoon to remove excess liquid from the easy oven ribs, then drain it in a colander or on paper towels. Do not discard this liquid; instead, you can use it as stock when making soups or stews!
Brush ribs with barbecue sauce on both sides.
This is the time to use your favourite barbecue sauce. You can brush it on with a pastry brush, or ideally, you’ll have a spray bottle handy so that you can spray the easy oven ribs evenly. Brush both sides of each rack of ribs this will give them a more intense flavour and help the sauce adhere better to their surface area.
Grill or broil for 5 minutes until edges are crispy but not burnt.
Broiling is a good alternative to grilling if you don’t have an outdoor grill. Broiling usually takes less time than grilling, but it won’t get the same crispiness on the edges of your easy oven ribs. If you’re using a broiler instead of a grill, set it to high heat and slide them in for 5 minutes on each side until browned.
If you don’t want to use any ovens or broilers at all (maybe because they’re not available where you live), then just stick with roasting them in the oven! Just follow these steps:
- Preheat your oven to 400ºF/200ºC/180ºC (fan)/Gas Mark 6 – 7 (or as directed by the manufacturer).
- Line an 8×8 inch pan with foil or parchment paper so it’s easy to remove when cooked through.
- Remove pork from the marinade; discard marinade before cooking because it could burn during the baking process. Place meaty side up on a lined baking sheet; bake uncovered until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F/71 degrees Celsius (about 45 minutes).
- You can make delicious oven ribs without being a gourmet chef
- It’s not hard to make easy oven ribs without being a gourmet chef.
You don’t even have to go to a restaurant
First, you’ll need about two pounds of baby back pork ribs that have been trimmed of fat and membrane (but not too much a little is good flavour). Then you’ll need some smoked paprika (we used half a tablespoon), cumin (half a teaspoon), brown sugar (two tablespoons), salt, and pepper. The hardest part is peeling off the membrane on each side of the rack of bones, but once you’ve done that, patting dry with paper towels should help keep things from sticking when they go into the oven. Once they’re ready, cover them in olive oil then sprinkle on all those seasonings evenly until they’re covered completely with no white spots left behind. Don’t forget about those bits at either end where there are still bits of meat attached!
We hope this easy oven ribs recipe has convinced you to try cooking ribs at home without a smoker. You can easily make these in your oven or even on the grill if it’s warm enough outside. It’s a great way to impress your friends or family with delicious food that doesn’t require special skills or equipment.