An easy recipe for oven baked ribs. Slowly baked in a slow oven, the ribs literally fall off the bones when done, and the sauce becomes nicely caramelized.
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.
This is an easy recipe. I start by baking the spare ribs naked in a 250°F oven for one hour, then quickly mix a simple homemade BBQ sauce and brush it on the ribs every hour for three more hours.
After 4 hours in the oven, these oven baked ribs are extremely tender. All the tough tendons have been melted, and the meat literally falls off the bones as you cut the slab into individual ribs.
Much like smoked brisket, these oven baked ribs turn very dark – almost blackened, but they are not burned at all. The dark color simply means that the sugars in the sauce were caramelized.
Although the homemade barbecue sauce is not very sweet, it still has a fair amount of sugar from the tomato paste and the aged balsamic vinegar. If you prefer a less sugary rub for these oven baked ribs, try this tasty North Carolina BBQ sauce. It’s wonderful!
Watch the video to see how I make these easy oven baked ribs:
- Avocado oil spray
- 1 3 lb. rack pork spareribs
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup*
- 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 oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake the ribs for 1 hour, uncovered.
- Meanwhile, mix the barbecue sauce ingredients in a medium bowl, then divide it into three small bowls.
- After one hour, take the ribs out of the oven and drain the pan juices. Brush the top of the ribs with a 1/3 of the BBQ sauce and return to the oven. Wash the basting brush with warm soapy water.
- Repeat this after one more hour - brush the top of the ribs with another 1/3 of the BBQ sauce and return to the oven. Wash the basting brush with warm soapy water.
- After one more hour, brush the ribs with the remainder of the sauce. Reduce the oven to 250 degrees F and loosely cover the ribs with foil, to prevent the BBQ sauce from over darkening.
- 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, cut into individual ribs and serve.
*Or a low carb alternative - I use 1/4 teaspoon stevia glycerite.
Video music by Bensound.