Skip to Content

Oven-Baked Dry Rub Ribs – Most Tender!

These oven-baked ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender every single time. Slathered with a mustard binder and coated in a savory dry rub, these oven-baked ribs are slowly roasted at a low temperature, then broiled for that perfect BBQ crust. You can make delicious ribs without a grill or smoker for the best hands-off and hassle-free pork ribs!

pork ribs shredding

Ribs are a summertime favorite for parties and cookouts, but they have a reputation for being a little on the tough side. With this easy recipe, there is no “gnawing” at the bone for the meat. These are the best ribs! The tender meat falls right off the bone. 

I love to serve this with pickled onions and my favorite barbecue sauce – Alabama White Sauce!

Types of Pork Ribs

There are all different types and styles of ribs out there and can be overwhelming when you start reading the labels. 

For this recipe, ribs that are labeled baby back, St. Louis, or spare ribs are your best options. 

  • Baby back pork ribs come from the top section of the pig where the backbone meets the ribcage. 
  • Spareribs are a little fattier than baby backs because they come from around the stomach and the lower section of the rib cage.
  • St. Louis ribs are essentially spareribs that have been trimmed to a rectangular shape.

That’s only 3 of the many types of pork ribs. You really can’t go wrong with any kind for roasting. If you want to explore more options, learn about the different types of beef and pork ribs.

Easy Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs

Most folks think that ribs should be left to the professional pit-masters. But anyone can make this recipe! This is one of my favorite rib recipes because of the amazing flavors, tender texture, and convenience of baking. 

Instead of manning the grill or smoker, these go right in the oven to slow roast for a few hours. Plus, t’s the best way to do multiple racks of ribs at once. 

You definitely want to plan ahead. It takes several hours to cook the ribs to that perfect temperature in the oven.

Here are a few kitchen tools I recommend to make this recipe easier:

The real bonus here is that this recipe is mostly – almost completely – hands-off! Which leaves you plenty of time to whip up a few sides for the perfect BBQ menu!

How to Cook Pork Ribs in the Oven

Baby Back or Spare ribs are the best choices for slow roasting, but this recipe should work for just about any kind of bone-in pork ribs.

Step 1: Prep the Ribs

The great thing about this recipe is that you do not have to remove the membrane (silver skin) or boil the ribs. If you prefer to do those steps, you absolutely can. But, for the best flavor and moisture, boiling is not recommended. 

The slow cooking and low heat accomplish the same goal of boiling and removing the membrane. 

All you need to do to prep the ribs is remove them from the packaging and trim away any scraggly pieces.

Step 2: Marinate the Ribs with Dry Rub and Mustard

This recipe uses my homemade dry rub, but you can use your own dry rub or spice mix. Rubs that include garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and other spices are the best flavors for pork

There is a wide variety of store-bought seasonings with plenty of flavors to choose from. I prefer a smoky, Texas-style flavor. 

First, place your ribs on a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Slather the mustard on the front and back of the ribs, and along the sides of the ribs. Then, apply the spice rub in the same way.

Adding the mustard to the ribs will help the seasoning adhere to the meat more evenly and not fall off. The vinegar in the mustard helps with tenderizing the meat without adding any strong flavor.

Wrap your ribs in the aluminum foil, creasing down the length of the rib rack and folding at the ends. Place on a baking sheet in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

Allowing the ribs to marinate for several hours will give you more flavor, but it’s not necessary. Because of the lengthy cooking time, marination will occur naturally during the cooking process.

Step 3: Bake the Ribs

When you are ready to bake, stick the meat thermometer into the center of the ribs and place the baking sheet inside of the oven with the ribs wrapped.

Bake at 225°F for about 3-5 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 200°F with an internal thermometer. At this point, the meat will completely shred from the bone during serving.

After the ribs are done, serve these with your favorite bbq sauce. I recommend letting guests add their own sauce to their plates. Sweet Baby Ray’s is an excellent store bought option!

If desired, open the foil and add BBQ sauce to the tops of the ribs, and place under the broiler until sauce begins to caramelize.

Stay close by to the oven when you broil so the sauce does not burn!

What temperature are ribs done?

Baking low and slow until the internal temperature reaches 200°F further tenderizes the rib meat. 

Tips for Making Tender Dry Rub Ribs

Do you cook ribs covered or uncovered in the oven?

Wrapping the ribs in foil before baking in the oven helps seal in moisture and provides added flavor. It also protects them from drying out and becoming tough.

What’s the best internal temperature for ribs?

Technically, ribs are done when the internal temperature reaches 145°F. While you can eat ribs at this temperature, they will be tough, dry, and likely lacking flavor.

Continuing to cook until around 200°F, gives the collagen more time to “relax” for perfectly tender ribs.

How do you know when ribs are done?

When the ribs reach an internal temperature of around 200°F, the collagen will release and create tender, moist, fall-off-the-bone ribs.

Why do you add mustard?

Adding mustard to ribs does two things: 

  1. The vinegar in the mustard tenderizes the meat without adding any flavor.
  2. It acts as a sealant for the rub, helping the flavors stick to the rack of ribs.

Sides to go with ribs

Here are a few side dishes to go with ribs:

Yield: 6 people

Most Tender Oven-Baked Dry Rub Ribs

slab of cooked pork ribs

These oven-baked ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender every single time. Slathered with a mustard binder and coated in a savory dry rub, these oven-baked ribs are slowly roasted at a low temperature, then broiled for that perfect BBQ crust. You can make delicious ribs without a grill or smoker for the best hands-off and hassle-free pork ribs!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 13 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 225F degrees.
  2. Slather ribs with the mustard mixture and add the rib rub. Gently pack the rub onto the ribs and mustard. 
  3. Wrap in foil, with the seal at the top, place on a baking sheet in the fridge until you are ready to bake. Allow to rest for at least 1 hour up to 24 hours.
  4. Bake at 225F degrees for about 3-5 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 200F with an internal thermometer.
  5. Open up the foil, add BBQ sauce and broil until sauce is bubbly and beginning to caramelized.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 933mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 17g

The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate generated by a calculator.

Did you make this recipe?

Find Southern Cravings on Instagram or Pinterest and share your results.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Ultimate Dry Rub for Wings & Ribs - Southern Cravings

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

[…] Oven Roasted Ribs […]

Alabama White BBQ Sauce Recipe | Southern Cravings

Monday 21st of February 2022

[…] combined with apple cider vinegar and spices. This is the perfect finishing sauce for bbq chicken, ribs, wings, and other bbq dishes. Make this in 5 minutes to use immediately, or fridge overnight for […]

The Best Pork Ribs In The Oven - Femina Unique

Sunday 30th of January 2022

[…] Check it here. […]

rose

Sunday 9th of May 2021

rose fabre amato here, [email protected], love your site, love this reciepe--trying it today, here's hoping its tender enough for those of us who are havint trouble with their false teeth!!! thanks,

Jackie Brandreth

Friday 12th of February 2021

Iā€™m looking for your home made rub recipe!

Anna Kate

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Hi Jackie, It's linked in the recipe card above and here: https://www.southerncravings.com/dry-rub-recipe/

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe