Smokey Oven-Baked Ribs

If there’s one cut of meat that can be intimidating to cook — it’s ribs.  Especially here in Texas.  Folks are crazy about their family secret methods in preparing the best “fall-off-the-bone” ribs.  Well, fear no longer!  I have a really easy recipe for you — and trust me; they are fantastic ribs!  I made it so simple that you don’t even have to worry about having your grill temperature just right.  These will cook slowly in your oven and after just a few hours — the star to your BBQ dinner will be served. 

Now with any large piece of meat — marinating beforehand is always a good idea.  I have marinated these for as little as 6 hours and they turn out great.  However, if you have the time — 8 hours or overnight would be even better.  So what to marinate them with?  I like to go with a dry rub on my ribs.  The ingredient list is somewhat lengthy, but it’s well worth it to achieve that deep smokey flavor.


  • 2-3 lb. rack of pork baby back ribs
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 4 tsp. dried sage
  • 2 tsp. ground mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger


  1. Start by mixing all your spices in a small bowl.
  2. Generously sprinkle the ribs all over with the spices.  Don’t be shy!  Rub the entire amount in and let your ribs sit covered in the refrigerator for as long as you plan to marinate.
  3. When you’re ready to make them — remove the ribs from the refrigerator and allow the meat to come to room temperature (around 30 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  5. Choose a sheet pan that is large enough to accommodate the length of the ribs, and one that has around a 2″ lip.  Line well with foil and place ribs in the pan.
  6. Now, pour in about 1/2 c. of water on the bottom of your pan.  You want the water to be about 1/4″ deep.
  7. Cover your ribs with foil (they will be completely enclosed, and the water will keep them moist!)
  8. Cook your ribs for 2.5 hours.
  9. Remove the top layer of foil, and set your oven to broil.
  10. Broil your ribs about 6″ away from the element for 5 minutes.  This will get them a bit charred and help with the browning.
  11. After they’ve cooled just a bit, separate and serve!

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  2. Kim says:

    What a nice blog! I just found this today and plan on reading through the rest of your posts soon! I like the looks of this recipe, I have only beef ribs, do you think it would work? I am not a rib expert, never bought any but the neighbor kindly gave us some of his grass fed beef and these were among the package.

    • jennifer says:

      Welcome Kim! 🙂

      This recipe should work fine for beef ribs. Of course beef ribs will be quite a bit larger than pork ribs, but at any rate low and slow is the way to go for cooking them. What a kind neighbor to share his beef with you! Hope you enjoy and let me know how they turn out. 🙂

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