How to Cook Baby Back Ribs in the Oven

Cooking baby back ribs may seem intimidating at first. But learning the right process after all is actually very easy. There are plenty of cooking methods in cooking baby back ribs – you may grill them, you may cook them in the oven, or you may even cook them in a slow cooker. Having the right skill in cooking the ribs is not enough without a bagful of patience which is the real key; to be patient enough to marinate and to cook them slowly to have a great result. Baby back ribs are best when cooked slowly and so patience is highly needed and required. Surely if you are impatient, you could probably cook them in just 15 minutes but surely you will not get a satisfying flavor or a perfect tenderness, as a result of being impatient. Actually, the average cooking time for baby back ribs is approximately 2-3 hours. Cooking them slowly requires a lot of time but it’s worthwhile if you are aiming them to be tenderer and the fall-off-the-bone-type of baby back ribs which everyone loves to look forward to in the servings.

how to cook baby back ribs in the oven How to Cook Baby Back Ribs in the Oven

Cooking baby back ribs in the oven is one of the best and easiest methods because it is well-suited to any types of weather or climate. Like if you are in the snow and you are craving them, you can easily and immediately make them without worrying about firing up the grill!

There are several methods of making the ribs. Some prefer them dry – without barbecue sauce. Some enjoy them moist, sticky, and messy – dripping with barbecue sauce. There are literally hundreds of different variations and recipes to choose from in cooking baby back ribs, depending on what type and flavors you like and enjoy.

Preparation is the topmost important step in cooking baby back ribs. Plan ahead to make them the day before so you can marinate them overnight for best end results and having the most flavorful and tender ribs as possible.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1-2 Racks of Ribs (or any numbers of your choice)
  • Seasoning of your choice or your favorite dry rib rub
  • Baking Dish or Large Roasting Pan
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Aluminum Foil

How to Cook Baby Back Ribs in the Oven

  1. Choose the right cut of meat. Upon buying, have the in-house butcher if there’s one trim the white membrane or you can do it yourself.
  2. Properly rinse the meat with cold water. Pat them dry before gently rubbing on with your preferred seasonings or with your favorite dry rub. Marinate it with your barbecue sauce for 2-3 hours or overnight for more tender result.
  3. Wrap the seasoned ribs tightly with a foil. There are numerous ways to wrap the ribs: it’s either- individually wrapping each rack of ribs; wrapping them all together; and some even believe if spraying the foil using a cooking spray can prevent sticking to the foil. Whichever you feel comfortable with, that’s what you should follow.
  4. Place the wrapped seasoned ribs in your refrigerator.
  5. In the cooking process, remove the marinated ribs from the fridge and allow it to bring to room temperature before cooking.
  6. Preheat your oven to 225-275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Slow cook the ribs for approximately 2-3 hours or until you meet your desired tenderness. See to it that ribs are not drying out. Add an amount of barbecue sauce on the ribs in your remaining cooking time and continue to cook for 15 minutes on each side.
  8. When done, remove the ribs from the oven and generously put more barbecue sauce if desired.
  9. If you like, you can serve it with your preferred side dishes and enjoy the delicious taste.
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