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Baked BBQ Pork Ribs

What is a Memorial weekend holiday without some BBQ?! Because it was a bit cold out to grill on our rooftop deck, I baked some pork ribs instead. Although it lacked that nostalgic grill flavor, it was still pretty delicious and there's no leftover rib in sight. The following is how I normally prepare ribs in the oven, which is a technique I learned from my parents. Essentially, it involves using a dry rub, wrapping the ribs in foil and baking it at a low temperature for hours. After the ribs have fully baked, BBQ sauce is brushed on the top and broiled until the sauce caramelizes... and extra BBQ sauce is brushed again before it's served.

Baked BBQ Pork Ribs
original Joelen recipe

3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 lbs pork ribs (slab)
BBQ sauce for basting & serving


Preheat oven to 325.

Combine the spices in a bowl and sprinkle the rub generously on both sides of the pork rib slab.

Wrap the seasoned pork ribs in foil completely to make a packet for it to bake in.

Place the wrapped pork on a baking sheet and into the preheated oven; bake for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.

Remove the pork ribs from the oven; turn on your broiler.

Carefully remove the pork ribs from the foil packet and place on your baking sheet.

Warm your preferred BBQ sauce and liberally baste the top of your cooked pork ribs.

Place your BBQ sauce glazed ribs into the broil and allow it to broil for 5-7 minutes or until the BBQ sauce caramelizes.

Remove the pork ribs from the broiler and allow it to rest before cutting.

Baste the pork ribs with more warm BBQ sauce if you'd like or serve it along side as a condiment.

Cut the slab into individual ribs and serve warm.

4 comments

  1. Wow! These ribs sound absolutely delicious! I love your glaze. Talk about some delicious flavors going on. No wonder they all disappeared!

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  2. Hi Joelen! Thanks so much for posting this recipe! It was my first time making bbq ribs and i made them for a superbowl party of about 50 guests and they were the first thing gone off the table and we recieved rave reviews! Everyone was coming up to me asking me where we bought them from because they were amazing! It felt great to say,"They are homemade from scratch!" People thought I was lying! GREAT RECIPE! definitely a keeper in my permanent recipe book! :)

    Alllll SMILES!

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  3. I've always done ribs on the grill but needed to find an oven recipe and stumbled upon this one. I made 4 slabs of ribs so I doubled the dry rub recipe (probably could have used a little more, but the flavor was still there) and used KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce. They turned out WONDERFUL and everyone loved them. Excellent recipe and they were easy to do for someone who's never cooked ribs this way before. Much easier cleanup than grilling! Thank you for the recipe!

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  4. This recipe is wonderful. Best ribs I have ever made. I will continue to make them using this recipe. Thank you!

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