Oven Baked Ribs (How to Bake Ribs in the Oven)

OVEN BAKED RIBS are just sooo tasty. I like cooking ribs in the oven because it’s super easy and they turn out so moist. They’re also great for rainy days when you don’t have access to your grill. These dry rubbed ribs are one of our favorite easy dinners for summer. So kick your BBQ skills up a notch with these Easy Oven Baked Ribs, whether you’re making spare ribs or baby back ribs! Either way, you’re left with SO MUCH FLAVOR!

Oven Baked Ribs on a wood platter

Oven Baked Ribs

Oven Baked Ribs are so easy to make. I like cooking ribs in the oven because they turn out so moist and flavorful!

OVEN BAKED RIBS!!! I’m so excited about these babies. I absolutely love ribs, and these baked ribs are so easy, SO DELICIOUS, and practically fool proof. My kind of weekend recipe. Cooking ribs in the oven is a great alternative to the BBQ grill, especially on a rainy day.

The spice rub on these easy oven baked ribs is TO DIE FOR and so finger licking good. I actually hate that phrase…it grosses me out. But I don’t know what other way to describe just how tasty these are from start to finish. Mom made these ribs and brought them over and I immediately made her give me the recipe. She has all the best recipes you guys!

I’m going to show you how to bake ribs in the oven, and give you all the details you need to make them the BEST oven baked ribs. It’s all about the flavor, and it’s all about keeping them moist and tender. You can use baby back ribs or spare ribs for this recipe. These baked ribs are SO GOOD, you guys.

These Oven Baked Ribs are to die for! I’m going to show you how to bake ribs, and trust me, cooking ribs in the oven is easy. So tender and so flavorful!


Easy Oven baked ribs, one rib dipped in bbq sauce

A single rib dipped in a bowl of bbq sauce

How to Bake Ribs: Cooking Ribs in Oven

Ribs are great on the grill, but oven baked ribs might be even better! Baking them really brings out the flavor, especially with this amazing dry rub.

Cooking ribs in the oven is a great option when the weather won’t let you get to your grill. Whether it’s cold outside or pouring rain, it doesn’t matter! These easy oven baked ribs can be made any time of year and they’re always delicious.

Here are some of my top tips for How to Bake Ribs in the Oven:

  • Put a cooling rack inside the baking pan and set the ribs on top. This allows the heat to circulate evenly.
  • Start by broiling the ribs on the top rack of the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Bake the ribs uncovered at first, then cover them with foil halfway through.
  • Cook Baby Back Ribs for 1 1/2 – 2 hours
  • Cook Spare Ribs for 2 1/2 – 3 hours
  • Brush ribs with BBQ sauce when there is about 30 minutes of cook time left.

I just find that these little details help to make the best oven baked ribs. They turn out super tender and full of so much flavor.

Best Spice Rub Recipe for Oven Baked Ribs

This oven baked ribs spice rub recipe is SO DELICIOUS! It’s the best part of the recipe. This is what makes them taste soooo amazing. I love this dry rub for ribs in the oven because it just seems to seep into the meat so well while the ribs bake.

Oven Baked Ribs Dry Rub Ingredients:

  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Granulated Onion
  • Black Pepper
  • Ground Cumin
  • Ground Mustard
  • Cayenne Pepper

Doesn’t that just scream flavor? These spices mix together so perfectly to create the best spice rub recipe for oven baked ribs.

How long does it take to cook ribs in the oven?

Cooking ribs in the oven will vary based on what type of ribs you’re making. You can use spare ribs or baby back ribs for this easy oven baked ribs recipe. If you are baking Baby Back Ribs, cook them for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours. If you are baking Spare Ribs, cook them for 2 1/2 – 3 hours in the oven.

Do you wrap ribs in foil in the oven?

It is common to wrap ribs in foil when cooking ribs in the oven, but it’s not always necessary. I like to bake ribs in the oven uncovered at first, and then about halfway through the cooking time, I will cover them with aluminum foil for the remainder of the cook time. I find this keeps them from drying out.

Cooking ribs in the oven

Have I convinced you to make these easy Oven Baked Ribs yet? I’m gonna keep this short and sweet because that’s just how this recipe is. But you absolutely have to try cooking ribs in the oven with this tasty spice rub. I know you’re going to love it. It’s the ultimate easy recipe for tailgating, weekends spent with friends, or a quiet dinner at home. So simple. So delicious. High fives all around!

There’s not much more to say other than MAKE THESE ASAP! You won’t regret it.

See the recipe card below for details on How to Make Oven Baked Ribs. Enjoy!

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5 from 3 votes
Oven Baked Ribs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
OVEN BAKED RIBS are just sooo tasty. I like cooking ribs in the oven because it's super easy and they turn out so moist. They're also great for rainy days when you don't have access to your grill. These dry rubbed ribs are one of our favorite easy dinners for summer. So kick your BBQ skills up a notch with these Easy Oven Baked Ribs, whether you're making spare ribs or baby back ribs! Either way, you're left with SO MUCH FLAVOR!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oven baked ribs
Servings: 8
Calories: 1005 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
For the Ribs:
  • 3-4 pounds baby back or spare ribs
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke optional
  • ½ cup spice rub recipe below
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce Blue’s Hog BBQ Sauce is my favorite.
For the Spice Rub:
  • 4 cups dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup ground smoked paprika or sweet
  • ¼ cup granulated garlic *NOT garlic salt
  • ¼ cup granulated onion *NOT onion salt
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup black pepper
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • 1/8 cup ground ancho or chipotle pepper
  • ¼ cup ground mustard
  • 1/8 cup ground cayenne pepper
  1. Line a baking sheet with double layers of aluminum foil and set a cooling rack inside the pan. The rack allows for heat to circulate evenly on all sides of the ribs. Place the ribs on the rack.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all dry rub ingredients and whisk well until all ingredients are completely incorporated. Set aside 1 cup of dry rub and place the remainder in an airtight container/jar to save for later use.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the mustard and the liquid smoke. Brush a thin layer of the mustard/liquid smoke mixture over both sides of the ribs. Sprinkle the dry rub over the mustard and pat it gently so the rub will adhere to the meat. If desired, the seasoned meat can sit overnight in the fridge, just be sure to cover the pan tightly with foil.
  4. When ready to cook the ribs, set the oven to broil and place the pan on the top rack of the oven. Broil the ribs (watching closely) for 4-5 minutes or until the dry rub sugar is bubbling and ribs are browned.
  5. Remove the ribs from the oven and set the oven to 300 degrees F. Move the oven rack to the middle position of the oven. Once the oven has heated to 300 degrees F, place the pan of ribs (uncovered) in the oven. If cooking Baby Back Ribs, roast the ribs for 1½-2 hours. If cooking Spare Ribs, roast for 2½-3 hours. Halfway through cooking, cover the ribs with aluminum foil to keep them from getting dry.
  6. After the ribs have cooked with only 30 minutes left, brush the ribs lightly with barbecue sauce. Cover with foil and cook until the ribs are fork tender when tested in the thickest part of the ribs.
  7. Allow the ribs to rest, covered for 15 minutes.
  8. To serve, cut between the bones to separate into individual ribs. Serve with extra barbecue sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.
  9. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Oven Baked Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1005 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48g 74%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 3930mg 164%
Potassium 569mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 116g 39%
Sugars 112g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 1.4%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 12.1%
Iron 21.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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