How to cook ribs in the oven

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How To Cook Ribs In The Oven from #paleo #ribs #grilling

Like so many lessons from the kitchen, I learned how to cook ribs in the oven by complete accident. Some time back in July, we had planned a big ol’ grillout one weekend. And, just like every other time that we’d planned to grill, it had started to rain. Not that drizzle type rain you can ignore, but the kind of rain that will simultaneously put out the fire and everyone’s enthusiasm. In fact, it actually swept away part of my driveway, which still has the potholes in it to prove just how miserable the weather really was! But since we already had everything we needed for a BBQ except, well, the BBQ, I was determined not to give up on my rib-tastic menu. So I did the only thing I could think of: threw the ribs in the oven!

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Actually those ribs turned out pretty good, but they weren’t as good as they could be. Not quite tender enough and a pretty unglamorous shade of gray. I’d averted a crisis – and hidden the color under BBQ sauce! – but I was determined to make these ribs better. Because why should we only be able to eat ribs in the summer? And what about those of us who don’t have the luxury of a grill or grilling space? Apartment dwellers need ribs, too! So I set off on my rib-makin’ mission! Come with me and learn how to make ribs in the oven… so you can have ribs, wherever you are!

How to prepare your ribs

First you’ll need to bring them to room temperature or close enough, by taking them out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you’re planning to cook. Then you need to preheat the oven to 225F while you prepare the ribs. You need to remove the white membrane on the back of the ribs as it will get kind of tough and chewy if you leave it on. This is really easy to do!

how to cook ribs in the oven

See that white layer on the back of the bones? That’s what we need to remove. Lay the ribs out on a large piece of aluminum foil.To get rid of the membrane, use a sharp knife and run it along a bone until you have made a little cut into the membrane. Then slide your knife into that hole, between the meat and the membrane, to widen it up. Then you need to slide your finger under the membrane and push up against it firmly. It will start to pull away from the meat. Keep widening that hole and pushing against the membrane until you are able to grab hold of it in your hand. It’s much, much easier to grip if you use a paper towel! Then just pull the membrane up and away from the meat and it should come right off! Discard that and flip the ribs over so they are meat side up.

how to cook ribs in the oven

Pat the ribs dry and season with your favorite dry rub. My ribs are a little green because I like to use a mixture of dried sage, mustard and a little salt and pepper. Next, cut the rack of ribs into three evenly sized sections and arrange them in the middle of the foil. Fold three of the foil sides up over the ribs so that you have made a little pocket – pour some apple juice or stock into this and then seal it by folding over the fourth and last side of the foil. Now tightly wrap the whole thing in another layer of foil and place it on a baking tray: your ribs are ready for the oven!

How to cook ribs in the oven

This is even easier! We’re going to slow cook them until they are super tender, all wrapped up. When the ribs are fork tender, all you need to do is remove them from the foil (save those juices for stock or soup later!) and put them on a baking tray. If your ribs are about 3 lbs, they’ll take about 3 hours 15 minutes and a 4 lb rack will take closer to 4 1/2 hours. Roughly speaking, they need to have at least 1 hour in the oven per pound, with about 15 – 30 minutes extra to make sure they’re super tender.

Then preheat the broiler on your oven while you use a BBQ mop to baste the ribs in whatever sauce you like. I usually make my own, but since I don’t have access to a Whole Foods or similar for brands like Tessemae’s, the best BBQ sauce I have found that is ready made is (the admittedly terribly named) Bone Suckin’ Sauce. It’s gluten free, non GMO and doesn’t contain either canola oil or high fructose corn syrup. Quite a few grocery stores seem to stock it and it’s available on Amazon.

Once your ribs are basted up and your broiler is hot, get them under the broiler. You want to broil them until the BBQ sauce begins to bubble, brown & caramelize, but not for so long that it starts to blacken or burn. The more sugar there is in your BBQ sauce, the quicker that burning can happen, so don’t leave the ribs unattended! Once they’re broiled to perfection, tuck in!

Perfect Pork Ribs: How to cook ribs in the oven

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 35 minutes

Perfect Pork Ribs: How to cook ribs in the oven

Want fork-tender, fall off the bone ribs but you're unable to grill? Let me show you how to cook ribs in the oven the easy way!



  1. Remove ribs from refrigerator at least 30 - 60 minutes before you are ready to cook.
  2. Preheat the oven to 225F.
  3. Flip the ribs so that they are laying meat side down on a cutting board.
  4. Use a sharp knife and slide it under the white membrane on the back of the ribs so that the knife is between the meat and membrane. Cut a hole into the membrane.
  5. Use your fingers to slide under the membrane and pull it away from the meat. If it is hard to hold onto, use a paper towel for extra grip. Remove all of the outer membrane and discard.
  6. Flip the ribs so that they are now meat side up. Pat them dry.
  7. Press the dry rub onto the ribs so that they are evenly coated.
  8. Cut the rack of ribs into thirds.
  9. On a large piece of foil, place the ribs meat side up in the middle. Fold over 3 sides of the foil to create a pocket: pour the apple juice into this pocket and then fold over and seal the 4th side.
  10. Tightly wrap the ribs again in a 2nd layer of foil and place on a baking tray.
  11. Cook for 4 - 4 1/2 hours. The ribs are ready when you can pierce them easily with a fork.
  12. Remove the ribs from the oven and preheat the broiler.
  13. Unwrap the ribs and place them on a baking tray, meat side up. Use a BBQ mop to baste the ribs with BBQ sauce.
  14. Place the ribs under the broiler and broil until the BBQ sauce sauce is bubbling and browning. Watch carefully so that they do not burn - the more sugar there is in the BBQ sauce, the quicker that will happen.
  15. Remove from the broiler and serve.

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  1. Sara Mae says

    I’m a little confused on the wrapping part. After cutting into 3rds are the three sections placed in the middle of the foil with all three stacked on one another? Also with the “pocket” at this point is the package standing vertical and is that how they cook? Sorry for these super novice questions but I am indeed a novice :)

    • meatified says

      No problem – next time I do this I’ll take pictures of this part because that would make it easier to understand :) No, the ribs aren’t stacked. I only cut them into thirds because that makes them easier to serve up later. What you’re doing is laying the ribs in the very middle of the foil and then folding three sides of the foil up and over the ribs. Leave the side closest to you open. The only reason you’re doing that is so that you can pour in the juice or stock and not have it spill everywhere :) Then you just fold the fourth side up over the ribs so everything is sealed into one package. Does that make sense? Feel free to ask any questions you like!

  2. YaValioCacaWates says

    Do you wash the ribs prior to preparing them to the oven? Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Have a blessed day.

  3. Natalie says

    Aww, that’s so sweet that someone is finally looking out for us apartment dwellers!! :) God bless you and thank you for the recipe! I have some ribs in the freezer and I am definitely going to try this!

    • meatified says

      I wouldn’t adjust the temperature, but you may need to increase the cooking time to compensate.

    • meatified says

      That’s a good question and I’ll have to check that next time I make them! I always go by sight (the tips of the bones should be visible as the meat cooks and contracts) and texture – you should be able to pierce the meat with a fork easily when the ribs are done.

  4. Lara says

    Thanks a bunch for the tips! I usually make country style ribs in the over, baked at 250 for 2 hrs 45 min and they are amazing. They even taste fantastic reheated the next day. But, unfortunately the recipe I’ve been using contains various nightshades (like most everything ribs does) and I’ve recently had to cut them out. My kids still want the same seasoning, but Id love a suggestion on how to season a few of them nightshade free. You mentioned a dry rub and I was wondering if you had any suggestions. I can do without nightshades, but I can’t do without really yummy ribs! Id go crazy! :)


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