Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Chef John 21724

"If you're in the mood for a little virtual trip into summer, give this technique a try. This works with literally any dry rub and barbecue sauce combo."


3 h 20 m servings 488 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 488 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 51.8g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 18.9 g
  • 38%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 88 mg
  • 29%
  • Sodium:
  • 10948 mg
  • 438%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. Mix ancho chile powder, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, cumin, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, and chipotle pepper in a small bowl until combined.
  3. Place ribs meat-side down on aluminum foil. Prick back of rib rack several times with a knife.
  4. Generously apply coating of dry rub to all sides of rib rack.
  5. With rib rack meat-side down, fold foil around it to create a tight seal. Transfer to sheet pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until tender and cooked through, about 2 hours. Remove and cool 15 minutes.
  7. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  8. Open foil, drain and discard any accumulated juices and fat. Brush barbeque sauce on all sides of rack.
  9. Place rack meat-side up and return to oven, leaving foil open. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and brush another layer of barbeque sauce on meat-side only. Repeat baking and brushing with sauce 4 more times, for a total of 50 minutes baking time.
  10. Cut rack into individual rib segments and serve with more barbeque sauce.
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  1. 148 Ratings


This is a 10 star recipe - the best & easiest method to make ribs. As indicated - use your favorite dry rub and your favorite BBQ sauce but use this low and slow method. For make ahead 'ready ...

Finger lickin' good! The key to "fall-off the bones" tender ribs is in the cooking method - low and slow is the way to go and this method is perfect for anytime you want ribs or if it happens t...

I made this yesterday wowie was it ever good! I didn't have "ancho" chile powder so I used regular chile powder in its place. Also didn't have chipotle pepper. I added some garlic powder. Th...

I do a few things differently. Most important is to get the membrane off the back of the ribs instead of just pricking them . Bone side up, make a shallow slice mid way through the rack, then us...

Absolutely the best oven baked BBQ rib recipe I have ever tried !!! I''ve been on the hunt for a really good oven baked rib recipe, and most have fallen short of my expectations. Cooking times ...

This recipe will give you good tender ribs. With that said, there is nothing special about the recipe itself. Like Chef John says, you can really season it with anything you want. All I had on...

This recipe provided the method to my goal: ribs that were tender, but didn't fall off the bone (I wanted some chewiness and being able to pick up the ribs and eat them). I didn't use the rub he...

Awesome recipe, I had never made ribs before, and they came out perfect!!!

These ribs were awesome! I was looking for a great oven baked baby back rib recipe an this one was on the money. I added liquid smoke when I added the bbq sauce. They were very moist and fal...