No need to fire up the grill – these oven baked ribs are slowly baked in the oven until the meat is tender, juicy and falls off the bones.
If you prefer a less sugary rub for these oven baked ribs, try this tasty North Carolina BBQ sauce. It’s wonderful!
- Olive oil spray (Whole Foods now sells olive oil spray with no additives)
- 1 (3 lb.) rack pork baby back ribs or spareribs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ recipe (3/4 cup) easy homemade barbecue sauce
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
- Place the ribs in the pan, bone side down. Spray them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake the ribs for 1 hour, uncovered. Drain pan juices.
- After the first hour, start basting the top of the ribs with the barbecue sauce every hour, and rotate the pan to ensure even baking.
- Bake the ribs 3 more hours (2 more hours if your ribs are smaller - for example, if a full rack weighs just 2 lb.), basting them three times.
- It's a good idea to divide the sauce into three parts and rinse the basting brush with warm soapy water between bastings, to avoid mixing raw and cooked meat.
- After 4 hours, the meat will be very tender and will fall off the bones. The top will be nicely caramelized. Remove the baked ribs from the oven and place on a cutting board, meat side down (they're easier to cut this way). Cut into individual ribs and serve.