This Oven Slow Cooked Ribs recipe creates sweet and salty meat that falls right off the bone. It is the perfect entertaining meat because, besides a short prep, it is basically a hands-off recipe that results in a perfect rib every time.
Each month I make a trip out to our local butcher shop for our monthly meat stock-up. There they have just about as many cuts of meat as you can think of. The drive is a bit tedious with all the traffic lights we encounter on our way but I find the quality of the meat worth my effort.
I happen to live with a carnivore who loves to venture out and see what is new. I often allow her to make a few requests for dinners. You can probably tell where I am going with this. What was once a request at the butcher shop is now on the monthly dinner rotation in our house.
Pork ribs are one of those meats we don’t seem to make often in fact in prior years I would never have thought to throw them into my grocery basket. Especially if not hosting any sort of a bbq or gathering. However, bbq gathering or not, these oven slow-cooked ribs can be made year-round and are delicious while being incredibly easy to make.
The dry rub used in this recipe is a sweet and salty combination that you can opt to add heat to or not. In our home, we pass on the spicy portion of the recipe. So if you have kids, then I would recommend skipping the spicy version as well. But just as well, they are delicious either way.
Why I Love This Oven Slow Cooked Rib Recipe
I find that pork ribs are much meatier than beef, at least that has been my experience. So you feel like you get a cut of meat as opposed to a plate of bbq’d bones. Please excuse me if you are a beef rib lover, but once you have a pork rib I don’t see how you can go back.
This recipe is easy to make and is almost completely hands-off. I can throw together the dry rub and pop these into the oven in minutes. I love recipes that allow me to do so little but gain so much. Come into the kitchen to the smell of ribs cooking and the only imperative thing to do is uncover them under the broiler. It doesn’t get easier than this.
Though we are using a dry rub for this oven slow-cooked rib recipe, I do still, however, like to serve these with a side of bbq sauce for dipping. You can opt to make your own but honestly, the store-bought kind is just fine.
What to Serve Alongside Oven Slow Cooked Ribs
I love to serve some sort of salad or vegetable dish alongside these oven slow cooked ribs. Be sure to check out my Simple Tomato Confit for a delicious and beautiful dish. Made up of baked tomatoes with olive oil and herbs.
Another great one to serve is my Roasted Rosemary Potato Salad a complete twist on traditional oven-roasted rosemary potatoes. In this version, the potatoes are roasted with rosemary but also tossed into a lemony cream sauce making a tasty potato salad that pairs nicely with these oven slow-cooked ribs.
What You’ll Need To Make Oven Slow Cooked Ribs
1 rack of pork ribs (any cut will do) I like to use Baby Back or Spareribs but Kansas City would work too
Dry Rub Recipe
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional for adding heat)
Tools You May Need
Start by heating your oven to 275°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil. This will help pack in the heat but also act as a barrier to the cookie sheet for easier cleanup later. Place the ribs so that the top curved side is down on the foil.
Sprinkle the dry rub evenly across the bottom then flip over and sprinkle the top until all the rub is used.
Cover with another large piece of foil making sure to seal the bottom piece to the top securely.
Place in oven and bake for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. See cooking notes below for further cooking time suggestions.
At the 2-hour and 45-minute mark open the oven and remove the top piece of the foil. Turn the broiler on medium and then place the ribs under for 5-7 minutes to char the rub a bit. Do so until it looks caramelized. Be careful not to forget as they can burn easily with brown sugar. Check them during this process to ensure this doesn’t happen.
When done, cut ribs and place them on a platter. Serve with a bbq dipping sauce if desired.
Cooking Notes For Oven Slow Cooked Ribs
- You can also use a baking dish but you will need to cut the rack to fit.
- If using a convection oven make sure to adjust your cooking time accordingly.
- The rub can be made ahead of time and stored in an air tight container
- Make sure to bake ribs meat side up
- Check ribs after 2 1/2 hours as cooking times can vary with thickness and type
- Store leftovers in foil or an air tight container inside the fridge.
If you try this recipe and love it, I would love it if you would come back and give it 5 stars!
- 1 rack of pork ribs Baby Back, Kansas City or Spare.
- Dry Rub Recipe:
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Mix ingredients for dry rub into a bowl.
- Heat oven to 275°F/135°C.
- Line a cookie sheet with foil.
- Place the ribs top side down.
- Sprinkle the dry rub evenly across the bottom then flip over and sprinkly the top until all the rub is used.
- Cover with another large piece of foil making sure to seal to the bottom piece to the top securely.
- Place in oven and bake for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- Once there, remove the top of the foil and place the ribs under the broiler for 5-7 minutes to char the rub a bit until it looks carmelized.
**If not using the dry rub recipe simply sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper on both sides before placing in oven. To add a sauce, I recommend brushing the ribs with the sauce just before placing under broiler.
**You can swap out a baking dish instead of a cookie sheet as well, you will just need to cut the rack to fit.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 7 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
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