Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs

For Super Bowl Sunday, I decided to make some Baby Back Ribs. The last time I made these, I did a dry rub along with a BBQ sauce. This time, I did the same dry rub and let the ribs sit overnight in the fridge, but I didn’t do a BBQ sauce. I made a braising liquid that I poured into the foil pouch I cooked the ribs in.

I cooked the ribs at 225 degrees for 4 hrs and that was the ticket for fall-off-the-bone lick your fingers goodness! If you wanted, you could take it a step further and finish these on the grill but I was really happy they looked and tasted after resting about 15 minutes.

If you want ribs but you don’t want to fire up the grill, try making my oven-baked baby back ribs!

Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 24 hours Cooking Time: 4 hours Total Time: 28 hours

Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs


  • 1 rack babyback ribs
  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 cup of BBQ rub (see recipe)
  • BBQ Spice Rub:
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 3 tbsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Braising liquid:
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced



Pre-heat oven to 225 degrees


Remove ribs from packaging and remove the membrane on the back


Coat the ribs with mustard and then liberally season the ribs with your dry rub.


Give it a good massage and then place ribs in a foil packet - unsealed and set aside


Combine braising liquid ingredients in a microwave safe container and heat for one minute


Pour about half the liquid in the foil packet with the ribs, the tightly seal. Do a double foil pack wrap if you need to


Put the foil pack on a rimmed baking sheet just in case the juices leak - and they will and then put in the oven


Bake for two hours and then turn the foil pack over


Return to oven and bake another two hours


Once finished, pull the ribs from the oven and let rest at least 15 minutes


Carefully open the foil packet, trying not to let the liquid run out onto the pan


Transfer the liquid in the packet to a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat until the liquid has reduced by half


Serve the ribs with the delicious sauce you just made

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