I know smoked baby back ribs get all the love, but these oven roasted baby back ribs are a real winner too. Hear me out: not everyone has a smoker, and even if you do, it’s a lot of time and monitoring to smoke baby back ribs. However, lots of people have an oven, and if you have an oven, you can have delicious baby back ribs by following our oven roasted baby back ribs recipe.
I love cooking ribs, and I am lucky enough to own a smoker, so I do smoke baby back ribs often. However, I don’t always have the time or energy to smoke ribs, and oven roasting them can make for great results with a lot less energy. This recipe is easy, super easy in fact, and lends itself to make ribs that are fall off the bone tender every time. Oh, and maybe the best part of this recipe is that this is probably the fastest way to make baby back ribs!
Our oven roasted baby back ribs recipe is simple and easy, but you may have some questions. We want to do our best to answer them below, but if you just want to get cooking, go ahead and scroll down to the recipe. Otherwise, read our questions and answers, and if that still doesn’t answer your question, leave us a comment with your question, and we’ll answer you!
Your recipe doesn’t tell me to peel a membrane, why is that?
That’s because at Lake Geneva Country Meats, our ribs come peeled. It’s an advantage of shopping at a butcher shop. If you’re not shopping with us, you may need to peel your ribs before cooking them. Sorry?
Why do you use mustard in this recipe?
We like to rub our baby back ribs with mustard before we put our seasoning on them to help the rub stick to the ribs. This is especially important when you smoke ribs, because it helps smoke adhere to the meat. We aren’t smoking these oven roasted baby back ribs, but we still think the mustard adds moisture and helps the seasoning stick to the meat.
You won’t taste the mustard at all when they’re done cooking, but if you REALLY don’t like mustard, you can skip the mustard rub and it won’t take away too much from the recipe.
What type of rub do you like to use?
We have a number of different rubs we like to use. For these ribs that you see, we used the Custom Culinary Pork Barbecue Spice rub. You can use your favorite rub, or check out these favorites of ours:
- Just North of Memphis Dry Rub Seasoning
- Lillie’s Q Q-Rub Seasoning
- LGCM Kansas City Rump Rub – stop in store for a bottle!
If I want to add some smokey flavor to the ribs what should I use?
It’s tempting to use liquid smoke to add a smokey flavor to these ribs, but please, don’t. Just…don’t. We are very anti-liquid smoke. It tastes fake and there are other ways you can bring smokey flavor to meat without smoking the meat.
We think oven roasted baby back ribs taste delicious without adding smoke flavor, but if you want to add a smokey flavor, here are four ways you can bring that smoke to the ribs without using a smoker:
- Use a spice rub that has smoked ingredients like smoked paprika or smoked peppers in the rub to lend a smokiness to the meat.
- Or add a touch of smoked peppers (like this Dark & Smoky Blend from Flat Iron Pepper Co.) to a BBQ rub for extra heat and smokiness.
- Try a BBQ sauce made with whiskey for an authentic smoke flavor from the barrel aged character of the whiskey.
- Or spritz the ribs with cheap whiskey after dry rubbing them. The whiskey will cook off leaving a bit of smoky flavor.
Are there other rub and sauce combos I can use?
There are so many combinations of rub and sauce for Baby Back Ribs. We went with traditional Kansas City style American BBQ for this recipe, but you can bring whatever type of flavor you like to these ribs. We have more recipes below that outline some of our favorite flavor combinations, and you can use them with this cooking method.
How do I know when my oven roasted baby back ribs are done?
We are generally proponents of cooking to temperature, not time, but with ribs, it’s hard to get an accurate temperature due to the bones giving off so much heat. Instead, we like the toothpick test.
You know your ribs are done when the meat is pulling back from the tips of the rib bones and a toothpick goes clean through the meat without resistance. That’s how you know your oven roasted baby back ribs are done and ready to eat!
Do you have other recipes for baby back ribs?
Yep! Here are a few of the favorites:
- Buffalo Baby Back Ribs – nice and spicy for the heat lovers out there.
- Hoisin Baby Back Ribs – this recipe brings savory and spicy Chinese flavors to the ribs.
- Latin Pork Ribs with Pineapple Mango Sauce – a tropical take on your baby back ribs.
- Mediterranean Baby Back Ribs with Pomegranate Sauce – a slightly sweet and fruity take on baby back ribs!
- Saucy Chili Orange Baby Back Ribs – a little spicy, a little sweet, we love this baby back rib recipe.
- Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs – if you have a bit more time and want set it and forget it convenience, use this recipe.
- Smoked Baby Back Ribs – if you want to get the smoker out, here’s how we smoke ribs.
- Spicy Bourbon Back Ribs – an easy way to bring smoke flavor to your ribs with a homemade BBQ sauce.
We hope that answers all of your questions about this oven roasted baby back ribs recipe, but if you have more, or if you have any tips or suggestions, leave us a comment below. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!
- 2 rack Baby Back Ribs
- Yellow Mustard
- BBQ Rub (your favorite)
- BBQ Sauce (your favorite)
Place ribs on a sheet pan. You can line it with parchment paper for easy clean up if you like. Squeeze a thin line of yellow mustard on to each rack of ribs and spread it evenly across the ribs. Shake your BBQ rub evenly on top of the mustard. Cover the ribs tightly with aluminum foil and place into an oven preheated to 350ºF.
Cook ribs for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, checking them at 1.5 hours for doneness, using the test explained above (toothpick going through meat cleanly). Once done, remove from oven and brush with a thin layer of BBQ sauce. Turn broiler onto low and put ribs back in oven and cook for 10 more minutes until sauce is glazed.
Once the sauce is glazed, remove the ribs from oven, let sit for five minutes and serve warm. Enjoy your oven roasted baby back ribs!