BBQ Ribs: the best recipe for succulent, fall-off-the-bone barbecue ribs

Total time: 145 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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There's nothing like homemade baked pork baby back ribs. Succulent, tender, and moist with meat that practically melts in your mouth, homemade BBQ ribs are a great, easy dinner to make any night of the week.

All you need to do is season the ribs, pop them in the oven to bake, then brush them with a homemade barbecue sauce. A few minutes under the broiler at the end gives them an irresistible char and helps caramelize the barbecue sauce so that each bite is a treat to the taste buds.

A little sweet, a little spicy, your family will love these fall-off-the-bone baked ribs. Serve them with a side of mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or greens for a delicious meal that'll be a surefire hit in your home.

Barbecue Rib Sauce Ingredients

It's incredibly easy to make homemade barbecue sauce to take your ribs to the next level.

The secret is to start with your favorite barbecue sauce and build on it by adding extra ingredients. To enhance the flavors in your sauce, you'll need garlic, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, plus salt and a dash of cayenne pepper to give it a kick of heat.

How to Make BBQ Ribs

It's super easy to make these fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. Gather up your ingredients, and let's dive in! First thing's first. Turn on your oven and preheat it to 350°F.

Removing the Baby Back Rib Membrane

While some folks enjoy leaving the rib membrane on, typically, it's removed. The reason for this is that it makes the ribs more tender. If you want truly fall-off-the-bone ribs, you'll need to get rid of the membrane. To remove the ribs, flip them over and slide the blunt side of a knife beneath the membrane. Gently but firmly lift the knife to loosen the membrane. Grip the membrane and peel it away from the ribs. That's it! The membrane should come away from the ribs in a single piece.

Rubbing the Ribs

Drizzle the olive oil over the ribs, then rub the spices into the meat, so that the ribs are completely coated.

How to Make BBQ Ribs Marinade

Put the ribs onto a foil-lined baking tray. Whisk the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper in a bowl, then pour the spice mixture evenly over the ribs.

Baking the BBQ Ribs

Wrap the tray in foil and bake the ribs at 350°F for 2 hours. When slow cooking the ribs, you want to bake them covered. This helps them to get nice and tender. The secret here is low and slow. You can even cook them longer at a lower temperature for the most succulent ribs. Whisk the barbecue sauce, garlic, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and salt in a bowl, then brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce.

Discard the foil and turn the heat up to 460F. Bake the ribs for another 10 minutes. To get that gorgeous char, broil the ribs for 3 minutes. Baby back ribs should reach an internal temperature of 190 to 200F. Let the ribs rest for several minutes after you take them out of the oven so the juices can redistribute through the meat. This will make them super tender and juicy. Serve with your favorite sides, and enjoy!


Tips for Making Fall-off-the-Bone Barbecue Ribs

Trim away excess fat from the ribs.

If you don't like spice, feel free to leave out the cayenne pepper from the rub and sauce.

For a smokier flavor, use smoked paprika or add liquid smoke to the rub.

You can slow cook your ribs at 275°F for four hours to make extra tender and delicious ribs.

For a quicker cook time, you can bake your ribs at 400°F for about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

For best results, you'll want to coat the ribs with barbecue sauce after they've fully cooked.

What to Serve with BBQ Ribs

These mouthwatering barbecue ribs go great with so many side dishes. Some traditional, much-loved favorites include mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, collard greens, grilled corn, coleslaw, grits, potato salad, baked beans, and cornbread.


How to Store Baked Ribs

Place any leftover ribs in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy within 3 days.

Can You Freeze Barbecue Ribs?

Absolutely! To freeze your baked ribs, let them cool then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. They'll keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let them thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

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for the ribs
baby back pork ribs
4 pounds (2 kg)
Garlic powder
2 tsp
Onion powder
1 tsp
2 tsp
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp
cayenne powder
1 tsp
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp
for the sauce
Barbecue sauce
2 cups
Garlic, minced
3 tbsp
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp
Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbsp
Cayenne pepper
1/2 to 1 tbsp
salt to taste


Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C. Line a baking tray with foil.

Remove the membranes from the back of the ribs and cut them if you want.

In a small bowl, whisk garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper.

Dust the spice mixture over the ribs, then drizzle the olive oil on top. Rub the spice mixture into the ribs.

Put the ribs on the baking tray.

Wrap the baking sheet with foil and bake for 2 hours.

Whisk the barbecue sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and salt in a bowl.

Pour in the olive oil and whisk again.

Take the ribs out of the oven. Brush the ribs with the sauce.

Put the ribs back in the oven and turn the heat up to 460°F/240°C. Bake for 10 minutes uncovered.

Broil for 3 minutes to lightly char the ribs. Baby back ribs should reach an internal temperature of 190 to 200°F. Take the ribs out of the oven.

Leave them for several minutes to rest. Leaving the ribs to rest will let the juices redistribute throughout the meat, giving you ultra-succulent, juicy ribs. Finally, serve with extra barbecue sauce and enjoy!

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